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Old July 4th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #401
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How odd. Why would something like this be in Germany?
Yes, it was odd. But apparently LaRouche has had a small group in Germany for some time as his wife is from Germany.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:25 AM   #402
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Coming back down from the tower I set out to wander around the city a bit.

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Wow, what a sight for sore eyes this was. The best police car I saw on the entire trip, hands down.

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Awesome vehicle and awesome color scheme. And it doesn’t hurt that it is bright and shiny either :-)

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And it just has to be guarding the Louis Vuitton store!!

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There were plenty of cafes and street life. But there wasn’t much great architecture to see. Most everything was destroyed in WW 2.

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Next I started walking towards the Rhine river.

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And there it was, the famous Rhine river. It was pretty big and impressive. It definitely had a good current. Not as strong as the Sienne but definitely bigger.

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It is also a working river as we can see from the barges.

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The railroad bridge is quite attractive.

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This was a rather small protest that I couldn’t figure out at all what it was about.

I then got on the railroad bridge which has a pedestrian walkway to cross to the other side of the river.

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Ok, I had heard about the lock thing and even seen some of it in New York where European tourists go but this is absurd. The entire bridge looks like this!!

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Even here you can see how the locks extend the length of the bridge

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I had seen this type of sign numerous times. I don’t really care for it but I guess it is a good way of telling someone they are leaving the town.

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Reenacting some mideavil games.

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More trailers for construction workers brought in from other countries. I have to say, it seems strange, almost inappropriate, that they bring in workers from other countries and house them in places like this.

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Some modern buildings further up the Rhine.

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You might not notice it right away but this is actually on a tram.

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This is a channel running to a small harbor along the Rhine.

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An interesting looking thing. It turned out to be “Noah’s Arc”. It was some sort of exhibit on Noah’s Arc which people could go aboard.

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This is an interesting map that shows how built up the Rhine area is. Unfortunately, not only is my German non-existent but I had no time to explore this.

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Even more frustrating was not being able to read this which did look intrigueing.

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The fake old German houses (replacing what was destroyed in the war) don’t do much for me. The church behind them I didn’t get any closer to.

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One more example of a European city having a vibrant downtown shopping area as opposed to the sterile suburban shopping malls of the U.S. There is no doubt in my mind which is preferible.

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They even have Dunkin Donuts, which is reflected in the body mass of the people you see on the streets.

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Cologne did seem nice but it did seem like a one attraction town. There is the spectacular cathederal and … not much else.

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Shoot, there goes my car.

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Back to the train station.

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I do have to say, the cream colored taxis do look better than the glaring yellow/orange cabs of New York. Not quite as easy to spot I suppose.

And with that my trip concluded. I got my bag back from the fancy bag check machine, got on a high speed train, and was back in Paris before I knew it.

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From there it was simply some last minute shopping before catching a plane and returning to New York. My exploring was done.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #403
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I like the look of Cologne. It seems quite warm & friendly. What turned you so against it?
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:57 AM   #404
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I like the look of Cologne. It seems quite warm & friendly. What turned you so against it?
I think to say I was turned against it is a little too strong. Remember, I was only in the city about 5 hours so I can't claim to be familiar with it in any meaningful way.

However, I was there long enough to get a first impression, just as I got a first impression of Liverpool within a couple hours of being there, and it is fair to say it was "blah". That is, not good, not bad, just blah.

And in thinking of it for a couple of minutes the answer is obvious. Liverpool has lots of old historical buildings as do Manchester and Leeds. Paris had plenty of old historical buildings and so did Lille. And Ghent and Brussels certainly had some amazing old buildings.

But apart from one spectacular one Cologne didn't have anything that I saw. 80 years ago it may have had lots, but not it has very little. WWII did the place in.

So while it was indeed a friendly place (though not as much as Liverpool) it didn't have the authenticity I like in European cities as it didn't have the old buildings and landmarks which are what lend an air of authenticity to a city.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #405
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Fair enough! The cathedral is spectacular though!
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Old July 9th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #406
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Besides the Cathedral Cologne boasts 12 large romanic churches. That's very impressive, even in comparison with cities like Rome or Paris. But you hadn't the time...
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Old July 9th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #407
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Besides the Cathedral Cologne boasts 12 large romanic churches. That's very impressive, even in comparison with cities like Rome or Paris. But you hadn't the time...
I believe there is one of them in these photos, the church that is behind the row of houses. From what I can see it appears to be in the Romanesque style.

Regarding the Noah's Ark, is that some kind of evangelical exhibition? I know that there are some places/theme parks in the United States that set out to promote Bible literalism, is there a similar phenomenon in Germany I wonder?
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Old July 9th, 2012, 06:32 PM   #408
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Besides the Cathedral Cologne boasts 12 large romanic churches. That's very impressive, even in comparison with cities like Rome or Paris. But you hadn't the time...
Indeed I didn't have the time. Though even if I did I'd have prferred to spend it finding canals and industrial sites

Better still, given one more day I would definitely tried to have gone out to the huge coal mines and power plants. Even from a distance they were quite impressive. They made their own clouds
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Old July 9th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #409
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And there it was, the famous Rhine river. It was pretty big and impressive. It definitely had a good current. Not as strong as the Sienne but definitely bigger.
I presume you wanted to talk about the Seine river.
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I presume you wanted to talk about the Seine river.
Indeed. They were both impressive rivers and it was good to see both of them.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #411
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Very nice picures again! But what exactly is the lock thing? You said that is was something that Europeas did (well, obviously the Germans seem to do it), but I have never seen it as far as I know.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #412
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I believe there is one of them in these photos, the church that is behind the row of houses. From what I can see it appears to be in the Romanesque style.
Right, that is Great Saint Martin, one of them.

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Old July 10th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #413
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I agree with you on Cologne, but I was also not there for long.

There's an ice cream place there that sells the best ice cream I've ever had though
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Very nice picures again! But what exactly is the lock thing? You said that is was something that Europeas did (well, obviously the Germans seem to do it), but I have never seen it as far as I know.
The lock thing is something some German visitors to New York told me about. When traveling people will attach a padlock to some place with their name on it. Kind of like marking your name with graffiti saying "Bob was here", but in a a less obtrusive way. They showed it to me here on the Brooklyn Bridge where people attached lots of the padlocks.

But I never saw so many as I saw on the bridge in Cologne. The entire bridge is covered in them. It is really amazing.

Not sure if it is an exclusively German thing. I thought it was a European idea but come to think of it I didn't see it anywhere besides Germany.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 01:07 AM   #415
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In some areas in europe that is the way to take your relationship a step further, declaring eternal love. Attach the padlocks with the names on it to the bridge, lock it up, and throw the keys away in to the river.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #416
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In some areas in europe that is the way to take your relationship a step further, declaring eternal love. Attach the padlocks with the names on it to the bridge, lock it up, and throw the keys away in to the river.
Yup, that is what I think I was told.

Based on what I saw in Cologne Germany must have a very low divorce rate.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 02:08 AM   #417
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Wikipedia is our friend:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_padlocks

Hohenzollern Bridge (the one in Cologne) is even mentioned there:

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Deutsche Bahn threatened to have the locks removed from the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne. Deutsche Bahn is the bridge's operator, but in the end relented in the face of public opposition.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #418
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The Pont des arts in Paris ("arts bridge") has the padlocks too, but I believe people put them for romantic reasons.
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Really nice looking city, love it! The cathedral looks very gothic, the waterfront area looks very relaxing and the bridge looks cool (the bridge reminds me of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle a bit). I even like the spacious looking railway station. I would love to visit if any nice German women would care to show me around?
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