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Germany to the Netherlands

Bonn, Koln (Cologne) and Rotterdam

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Bonn is a delightful town and the birthplace of Beethoven. It is not dependent on tourism and as such has a laid back vibe. Kids busking on the street and some Christmas markets in the main square.

Koln is in comparison a much bigger city and has the biggest gothic facade cathedral in all of Europe. The cathedral/dome was quite dark inside however has glorious stained windows and intricate flooring. The photos on the outside show the damage sustained during WW2. Some shopping and lunch then back on the bus to Rotterdam for the evening.

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Lakes, waterfalls and cuckoo clocks

Zürich, Rheinfalls, Titisee, Frankfurt

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Start of the day, cold in Zurich city centre at the lake and drisly rain which was constant all day. Onto the Rheinfalls which push out a large volume of fresh water into a clear blue river. The shoal of fish underneath the bridge is so thick it is deceptive as it changes the water to a dark colour.

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The bulk of the day spent at Titisee, near the Black Forest. Think and eat Black Forest cake, sorry cheesecake shop nothing on the real thing. Also local specialities include Black Forest ham and the origins of cuckoo clocks. A demo of the evolution of the clocks and a purchase of our very own - thanks to my late grandma, 2 years and 2 days gone but not forgotten - that has the cuckoo and music box.

Back to Frankfurt for dinner and the night.

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Germany

Four cities in one day

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Trier was the first stop of the day. We visited the house where Karl Marx was born over 100 years ago and then into the city centre. The amazing Port Nigra the Roman gate over a 1000 years old was a WOW moment. Koblenz is the town where the east (Mosel) and west (Rhine) rivers meet/unify. The Germans build really large monuments. One of these is dedicated at this spot to Wilhelm first King of Germany who united the different states. In recognition also of the meeting of east and west there is original pieces of the Berlin Wall. A three course German lunch and bier or two topped off our visit to Koblenz.

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We then followed the Rhine river, passing many castles on the hills and little hamlets to Rüdesheim. At the lookout, there was snow on the ground and vineyards. A monument celebrating the conquest of war stands high over the town. We also got a pet fix with a large St Bernard letting us give her a cuddle and a pat.

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Last stop of the day was Frankfurt-Mehn. The town is fairly new as over 80% was destroyed through bombing in WW2. As we walked into the old town area, there is a statue that recognises the suffering of the Jewish people in concentration camps. We were also told that the old town has been rebuilt based on photos Adolf Hitler held of Frankfurt.

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