Aran is a freelance food stylist, photographer, and writer; she’s the author of award winning blog Cannelle et Vanille
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When visiting a city or town for the first time, I typically ask someone who lives or has been there for recommendations. For Cologne, I asked my friend A’s dad who lived there as a boy and goes back often, and he said, the Cathedral, the Rhine, the Carnival, and drink Kölsch.
It’s a pretty short list for exploring a whole city, but fitting when you are on a day trip, sadly we were too early for the carnival.
The gothic cathedral towers the city and the Rhine River runs through it.
Cologne’s architecture is a reflection of its war torn past with restored medieval buildings mixed in with stark structures, and remarkable historic and ultra modern buildings.
We took breaks in between and drank Kölsch with lunch, of course; did a quick run through the Ludwig Museum, perused a German bookstore and had some quiet time in the cathedral.
The day ended with more strolls in along the Rhine in the Rheinauhafen district (of the Crane Towers), and of course more Kölsch.
I sort of love layovers; I love that in-between moment in some strange city when life feels transient and the real world feels… well, worlds away.
Long layovers are preferable… I remember when I was a kid; once, my mom, my brother J and I were flying home when … Continue Reading...
There’s this story in my family about how my dad for whatever reason turned down a posting to Geneva.
The next post he accepted was to Freetown, to which my mom said, “It’s not Geneva, but it will do”
For my mom and to some extent us, Geneva in … Continue Reading...
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