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Carnival in Cologne - The crazy days

Cologne / Germany | February 3, 2016

Yes, we do call this the fifth season and no, we don’t mean this ironically at all. The folly starts on 11/11 at 11:11 o’clock with performances of traditional musicians and the Kölner Dreigestirn. Don’t forget to dress up; otherwise you will have to explain to strangers why you didn’t and trust me, people won’t accept excuses.

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SEO and the Art'otel Cologne

Cologne / Germany | October 31, 2013

On my recent trip to Cologne I was lucky enough to be shown around a variety of different hotels all with their own merits and selling points. One hotel however particularly stood out and left an impression on me. This was the trendy and indisputably quirky Art’otel.

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A Journey to Cologne

Brussels / Cologne | September 14, 2011

Leaving London on a Sunday to head to Cologne, I really should have heeded Railbookers advice and checked the Transport for London website to see if the tubes were running; OK, I didn’t and they weren’t! All was not lost as I was just doing the short hop from the city to St Pancras International, so I jumped in a cab but if I was travelling from further afield, perhaps I would have been more anxious!

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Amsterdam, Cologne, Luxembourg & the Mosel Valley

Amsterdam / Cologne / Deutsche Bahn / Eurostar / Germany / Luxembourg City / Netherlands / Thalys | August 15, 2011

I had a hectic schedule for this trip, beginning with a 7:30 Eurostar from London and a follow on Thalys at 11:50 to Amsterdam. The Thalys train shortens the journey to Amsterdam by an hour and in my experience it is certainly worth the additional cost. Not only do you arrive in Amsterdam faster, but the train is very comfortable. The cost of an upgrade to first is also very affordable, and comes with lounge access (after signing up for a free membership) and a meal.

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Destination Deutschland - Cologne!

Cologne | September 16, 2010

I had a free weekend and needed to get away for a short break, but didn’t know where. I knew only a few things: 1) I was not going anywhere where I was at high risk of having to partially undress in front of large groups of strangers – so that ruled out anything involving airport security. 2) I wanted to go somewhere different to the main Eurostar destinations of France and Belguim, but as it was going to be a weekend break I didn’t want to be travelling too far; and 3) It had to have good food and great beer.

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