With tickets to see the Scorpions on their MTV Unplugged tour in Cologne on May 1st, Sexy Hubby and I decided to make a mini holiday of our trip and booked two hotel nights.
We started our days with breakfast at Starbucks. This has become a bit of a tradition when we are away together, it is the only time we go to Starbucks and really enjoy our huge steaming mugs and the tasty muffins.
Do you know 4711, the Original Eau de Cologne? We came across the company’s headquarters while sightseeing. This success story allegedly started with an “aqua mirabilis” given by a monk as a wedding gift to a young merchant called Wilhelm Muelhens. Realising its potential, Muelhens soon opened a factory. As for its name, the legend has it that it comes from Muelhens’ house being given 4711 as a number by the French troops occupying Cologne.
We also visited the inside of the Koelner Dom, a first for me. It is so breathtaking that this stop will be the subject of a blog post soon to be published.
During our meanderings in the old town, we made regular pauses to enjoy the numerous typical brasseries. Sexy Hubby is quite partial to the Koelsch, but as I have said before I do not drink beer and still confuse waiters every time by ordering something else. We also enjoyed lovely lunches: First at Restaurant Spitz, which has a great selection of wines and is the place to be in the evening to spot celebrities. Then at 4 Cani della Città, which offers a wide choice of Mediterranean dishes; we loved the antipasti plate you can see below as well as the terrace in the middle of a bustling area. In the evening we of course went to the Hard Rock Café, another tradition. Sexy Hubby was very happy to try the Fiesta Burger, new on the menu. I very much enjoyed my fish dish, but was rather disappointed to discover that Jon Bon Jovi’s jeans were no longer on display…
We had fun going shopping too. Like in any big city, all of the well-known brands and chains are available, but Koeln also has so many lovely, quirky boutiques, great to find that unusual piece to complete your wardrobe or to buy a present. Sexy Hubby treated himself to a new pair of leather trousers. Needless to say, I am enjoying those too…
We then had the surprise to see a Venetian red gondola in the middle of the street. That is why we love Cologne so much: It is a funky city with many surprises!