We planned to wake up at 8 o'clock but we just ignored our alarm clocks and stayed in bed one more hour. We left the house about 9:30 am and soon after we were catching the train to Cologne. It's a 30 minute ride in a two-floor train with some nice views and it's just good to do the transition between bed and the long day you have ahead.
Once you get out of the train station you see the Cathedral which is nothing less than stunnig - apart from the the fact that you can't take a nice picture without some scaffolding on it. Beautiful nevertheless.
We made a quick visit inside the building where a celebration was taking place and then we headed to the Christmas Market that was just next to the church (just realised I actually remeber another word in german: kirch, which means "church").
There's not much to say about it. The markets are all quite similar but it's always good to make sure you haven't missed anything important, ya know ;).
Then again, if you want to do some shopping you have nothing to be afraid of: there's a long, long street full of department stores (a few brands too, but mostly affordable stuff). I took the opportunity to buy a few things to take back to Portugal.
We managed to make an appearence in another market, because they're all too cute and you don't wanna miss any. This one had the coolest wheel! Buuut, somehow we ended up in the nicest market of the whole tripe: one with a ice rink!? That's a total win for me!!
As the day was ending and and the sun was setting we couldn't let pass the opportunity to see Hohenzollern Bridge which was destroyed during the war and has been reconstructed afterwards. It is filled with love lockers (the oldest I found was from 1975!!).
After a walk next to the Rhine we still made it to Farina Haus, where the first eau de cologne was made, and then we payed a quick visit to Chocolate Museum - the museum itself was closing so we just visited the museum's shop, haha.
So, just to make you laugh a little bit: as soon as we stepped out the train station we noticed the Cathedral (dom) and it was so incredibly beautiful we wanted to have a picture taken of the three of us. After a little while debating who should we ask for it, I reached this couple of men near us, who looked like they could easily handle it. Well.. you're right! We ended up not having a single picture taken, but the funniest thing is that they were just so kind and nice to us, you couldn't be slightly mad. The one who quickly offered himself to capture taht moment even said "say cheese!!!" and so we did!
And because this trip was all adventures, I should probably have mentioned this in the previous post, but since I haven't I am going to do it now anyways. When we got to the place we were staying at it was late and we were tired (I'd been up since 8 am - zzz) and the owner of the house told us he would leave the keys in a motor bike with a black cover. When we got to the adress we instanly saw a bike. With a black seat. The problem is that we ignored everytihing around us as soon as we spotted the wrong bike. But, somehow we just couldn't find the keys. We were so confused and bummed my sister evern said it would be better to break the bike rather than spend the night outside. Until miss Sherlock here just solved the enigma, thought out loud, looked around and found the right bike and the keys. So, we could have broken another person's bike and still sleep outside. It seemed like a tresure hunting to me, but it was all good fun!
P.s.: I jus want to say I am surprised about the amount of pictures I've taken in Dusseldorf compared to how many I have of Cologne because I actualy enjoyed Cologne much more, and even though I've spent more time in Dusseldorf , I can't find a reason that justifies that, other than that.