4711 Cologne, the Alte Markt, Rathaus and “Früh” brewery pub: Trip Notes

The original 4711 Cologne shop is worth a visit, the outside is easy to shoot and they didn't seem to mind us taking photos inside - they're used to tourists! Incidentally, use a wide lens for the best offered, as you go in, on the right there's a fountain where you can wash your hands in the cologne! But be warned, I did this and smelled of the stuff for hours.... Just a short distance from Cologne Cathedral is the Alte Markt, and on the way there are some photogenic "half-timbered" houses … [Read more...]

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom): Trip Notes

The best view of famous Cologne (Köln) Cathedral is from the Rhine (or across it), but you'll probably be right in front at the Cathedral square.  This church is BIG, people don't realize how tall it is.  Get back as far as you can - you can get halfway across the street by MacDonalds before the traffic lights, lamp posts, etc. intrude across the Cathedral itself.  Even then you'll be tilting your camera upwards. Walk round the Cathedral outside and pick out elements of the architecture … [Read more...]

Rhine River Cruise (Oberwesel to Boppard): Trip Notes

No trip to Germany is complete without a Rhine river cruise.  This time we boarded the KD Rhine River Cruise at Oberwesel and disembarked 2 hours or so later at Boppard. As this was a morning cruise, the sun was behind us, usually to the right, as we travelled up river.  In this situation your best bet is to get to the front outside observation deck and if possible get yourself a seat next to the rail.  This means you get a clear shot forward and really to either side as well as your … [Read more...]