Posted by: M.J. Bolstad | October 28, 2019

EU Go, Girl! Adventures in Europe #4

This tour does not slow down – it is a total whirlwind and I can barely catch my breath to try to keep the blog somewhat current. Yesterday, my goEUgo tour continued, making lots of stops at cool places in Germany even in the rain. We travelled from Luxembourg in the morning, on to Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx.

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Pork knuckle

After that, we stopped in Koblenz, where I had a traditional German lunch. With a creamy potato soup to start, it followed with a pork knuckle on mashed potatoes and sourkraut. Very delicious and so much meat! Hot ice cream – ice cream on hot cherries – was served for dessert. I also had the dark beer, which was very, very good. If I wasn’t about to be on a bus for several hours, I might have had a second. It was sweet, not bitter at all.

Next, we went onward to Rudesheim am Rhein, checking out some cool historical monuments, then we were off to Frankfurt for the night. There are apparently two Frankfurts – we were at the bigger one, the one on the Main River. 

Today, we made our way from Franfurt to Bonn, where I bought treats for myself at a little market, including fresh strawberries. They were small and quite tart – a nice healthy treat. I also bought truffles, though I’m too tired to eat them tonight. Also! Beethoven’s birthhaus (house where he was born) is here!

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Pretzel!

After Bonn, it was on to Cologne (or Köln, as it is written in Germany). I got to visit a gothic cathedral, which was amazing. The stonework was impeccable, and the tile and triptychs, too… Very ornate and grand. From there, I found a cafe for lunch, some chicken with roasted vegetables, which was lovely. I wrote a few postcards and sent them onward, then used the rest of my time to take a little walk. I found a German pretzel (okay, two) and ate them. I love salt and bread.

There was a smaller church around the corner from the big, gothic cathedral, and so I poked my head in there. There didn’t seem to be anyone in there except an organist practicing. It felt very neat and a bit magic, quietly walking around the space by myself while the pipe organ played.

Next, the bus set off for the Netherlands. We are overnighting in a seaside town for two days in a row. I’m very excited to see what it looks like by daylight tomorrow… and to stay two nights in the same place. It’s the little pleasures, some time!

We have another early day tomorrow, so I’m going to sign off for now, and try to squeeze in more blog time in the next couple of days.


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