|View of the inner courtyard of the hotel from our room|
|adorable bathroom, lots of neat sloped roof rooms at the hotel|
Walking in Roosteren:
|Our traveling companions, Ashley and Psi, waiting for me to finish taking pictures ;)|
|Strafe also waiting for me to finish taking pictures!|
After our little walk around town we went back into the hotel and "sat down for a minute" which then turned into a 2 hour nap. Which we needed. After that we made ourselves wake up and get back out to sight see for the afternoon. We decided to take a quick trip over to Cologne (also known as Koln - sorry, I do not have an umlaut on my keyboard!) in Germany. The Koln Dom, or Cologne Cathedral, is a huge, stylish, imposing, and amazingly detailed church. Koln was amazingly easy to drive into, and we parked at a parking garage that just happened to exit right into the square in front of the church, so we walked up stairs to an amazing first view.
And promptly took a picture of our dogs in front of it.
There were skateboarders.
And a guy levitating..
But Psi was not impressed with any of it.
|Strafe didn't care about the amazing architecture|
|The fountain water, on the other hand, was fascinating!|
|Our first view of the Rhine River|
|Walking around town|
|The cathedral from "below"|
|Strafe was a bit worried about the random bagpipe player along the Rhine!|
|A train station|
At this point I'd like to note that the Roosterhoeve is an adorable, friendly, and wonderful hotel. However, like most country hotels in that part of Europe, there is no air conditioning, and not all the windows have screens in them. It was quite hot most of the week, and despite a desk type fan, the room got very hot during the day, and so several nights we were all a bit too hot to be comfortable. I don't recall Sunday night being particularly hot, but we were pretty tired so perhaps didn't notice! The lack of screen on half the window also meant I came home with bug bites on my feet, a very inconvenient place to have them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE traveling in Europe and would move there in a heartbeat if it were easily possible, but the lack of AC and bugs in my bedroom are not something I particularly enjoy ;)
The beds were also unfortunately hard and uncomfortable, and my back was aching pretty badly most of the week. It felt very good to sleep at home last night! I would do it all over again, for sure, but I do sometimes miss the comforts of home!