I am typing the first part of this on the train to Munich, actually the first leg, which is as far as Frankfurt. We could have changed in Cologne, but had already entered our travel details on our pass, so decided not to.
Well, last night was a bit of a bust, as the poor Swan Whisperer felt rotten - I think he has the bug I had about ten days ago, which knocks you flat for about 36 hours. So once we got to the hotel, all he could do was sleep. I did go out for picnic stuff and found an Aldi, but didn't venture further. There were buses into the city centre and, had the SW been fit, we would have undoubtedly enquired about the ticketing system and used them, but I really didn't feel it was worth it on my own. I did explore the station, though, which is a fantastic modern edifice only finished in 2009. I have taken some photos, but have no way of uploading them until I get home, I'm afraid; I can't quite see how to upload them to the tablet. They will follow!
Anyway, I took myself out for a forlorn birthday dinner in a local brasserie, and made the mistake of ordering something called Boules de Liege. All I can say is, don't bother. Yuck. So I left most of that, but ate the chips and enjoyed a small beer, and then went back to the hotel and had an early night. Oh well, even if he doesn't feel up to going out tonight, I can go out with Nina and her family.
Will finish this later.
Later: Have arrived at the hotel but big mnistake as it is in the red light district! Oh well, the room is clean, quiet and pleasant, what more can you ask? Tried to Skype with the Boy, but to no avail. Signal too poor. More tomorrow.
Actually, it is not yet tomorrow, but this wouldn't post earlier. We are just in from a lovely meal with Nina and her family at the Augustin bierkeller, where they only sell beer by the litre... I didn't actually mean to drink all of it, but it sort of disappeared. I did eat - sausages and kartoffelsalat! Yummy. The SW had fizzy apple juice (apfelschorle) and pork with a dumpling and red cabbage - I had a taste and it was lovely. Now home quite early, and we are all hopin g the SW will b e better in the morning!