Monday, Sept 7, 1:22 pm:
I'm on the train to Koblenz, with a connection to this cute little town of Cochem
By the time I was toward the end of my second flight last night, heading toward Cologne, I wasn't feeling the best. It was warm on the plane, or maybe it was something I ate at dinner. Whatever it was, I was ready to be done flying. I needed fresh air. Customs was kind of a weird line without much structure, so I just did what everyone else did and purged ahead in line as best I could. Maybe that's the German way ? The customs agent barely gave me two glances before stamping my passport and letting me in. Hey, welcome to Germany!
After that, I waited a solid 30 minutes for my bag. So yeah, I can see the value in carrying on your bag. It would've put me at my hotel earlier. Eventually, I saw my flaming red bag make its way down the belt and headed outside to grab a taxi to my hotel. It was cool and misty outside, and my hotel was only about 5 minutes from the airport. I merely wanted a cheap place to shower and sleep. I rang the bell, and luckily the Asian owner woke up and got me to my room
I showered and discovered I was locked out of the lobby so i left out the back door after giving my key to the housekeeper. I figured I had already paid, so I could just leave. Alrighty then !
I walked a solid half mile down the road, which looked like a country road in Wisconsin, to the Rosrath station. Station is a nice word. It was one of those outdoor huts with one platform and a ticket machine. Luckily the ticket machines are easy enough for a baby to use, so I grabbed a train to Cologne's Hopbahnof, or main station, for 3,80 euro. (Commas here are like our periods when it comes to money). I had walking directions to my hotel I would be at for the next three nights, and found it pretty easily
I had read about Cochem before leaving on this trip. It's supposed to be an adorable town along the Mosel River, in the Mosel Valley. I will probably walk around and take some pics before taking the train back to Cologne. The scenery right now is great. Green and very hilly. I guess it better be worth it, as I paid 63 euro for a round trip ticket. I was thinking how expensive that was until I realized we pay $50 for a round trip between Milwaukee and Chicago on Amtrak, so I should probably stop whining. And, I really wanted to see this town.
9:08 pm: Cochem was lovely. It had everything an 'adorable' town needed. A river running through it? Check. In a green valley? Check. Tiny, colorful buildings? Check. Cobblestone streets? Also check. And, as a cherry on top, a castle. I strolled over the bridge and walked in the narrow streets. Wine and wine making is big in this region, especially whites. I stopped at a store and sampled two different whites
Germans look and sound angry quite a bit. I'm sure they are pleasant people, and it doesn't help that every other word has an 'ein' in it. So, I can't really fault them. Even my yogurt container this morning looked angry.
The train rides were pleasant and comfortable. My ticket also was a bit higher because I rode the ICE, and it was worth it. I bought some postcards at a tourist shop and wrote them out on the train. I didn't make my way up to the castle. I thought, I can hike my way up there, get sweaty and probably crabby, or, I can view it from afar and go have some wine at an outdoor cafe. Can you blame me for choosing the wine? :)
Thanks for reading.
Cozy, Little Cochem
Monday, September 07, 2015
Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany