― Jim Hinckley, Route 66 Backroads: Your Guide to Scenic Side Trips & Adventures from the Mother Road
This week I took a day out of the office and headed to Cologne for a work event.
I stupidly booked myself a very early flight and had to get up in the dark which was not ideal. But after a flight shorter than my commute to Heathrow I found myself in the German city of Koln (to us non Germans, that's Cologne).
I checked into my lovely room at the Radisson Blu, had a very quick sit down and social media check (thank heavens for free wifi) and then decided to go for a wander round downtown.
I got chatting to a lovely receptionist who convinced me to take the tram to Neumarkt for a look round. Normally on holiday I like to take taxis as a treat, but I thought i'd be brave and investigate the tram. Sadly the Christmas markets don't open for another month so I had to content myself with the usual shops, but I had a good gander don't you worry!
The main attraction in Cologne seems to be the Kolner Dom so I made sure that I (eventually) found my way there to have a look. I admit it was pretty special although it's a shame the sun wasn't out.
When it started to rain I admitted defeat and got a cab back to the hotel for a nap before my work evening out. *Cabs work on a meter and were actually really expensive, so bear that in mind if you're heading to Cologne.
Then after a short snooze I got dressed up and headed out for my event. I wore my trusty Aldo boots with an Oasis shirt dress. The evening ended up a bit longer than I expected - perhaps down to these vodka injection shots! Sadly I was still awake at 4am which was not what I'd intended... the morning after was a bit of a challenge.