Today we took our longest bus ride of our trip. It was a four hour ride from Amsterdam to Cologne. We didn’t spot a border sign but we knew we where in Germany when cars started passing our bus at alarming rates. Swish…and they’re gone! Most of the group took the opportunity for extended naps. Jet lag is still a bit of an issue. The highlight of the trip was stopping for a restroom break. It costs money and we had to borrow money from Michal (our tour guide) and he was happily prepared to assist. As usual, the lady’s line was long and slow. Some things never change.
Germany was celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi and the streets were crowded. To get to the Cathedral of St. Peter, or the Cologne Cathedral, we took a short-cut through the Cologne Central Station from our Marriott Hotel. Due to the holiday there was a tremendous number of individuals. Many were in costume for the holiday celebrations. If you see the fellows in green…well, that’s just a fraternity.
We were let loose for lunch. Our first dining attempt was a failure. Not understanding German we sat in a restaurant that kept giving us food and water and then taking it away. After awhile we left and we don’t think that anyone missed us.
We walked about and found Papa Joes’ Biersaon. They had delicious beer and outrageous music machines playing ump-pah music. If you chose an Elvis song, a church song, or a movie song then it payed with an ump-pah, ump-pah style.
Besides a piano player band, one set of machines portrayed a tuba and an accordion played by mannequins. if you go there make sure you select the song Zorba the Greek. Too funny!
You can see in the pictures Lady Morgan dining gently while Jorge decided to pig out on his pig food. Oink!