Last Tuesday, Aaron and Megan finished a long, arduous trek from Seattle through Newark to Cologne; we were super glad they did. The four of us trekked about Cologne for a couple days, peeking at the Cathedral (where I lost a hat), visiting the Chocolate Museum, sampling local breads, kölsches, and falafel, and running through a few favorite weekly rituals. Also celebrating my 30th birthday! Then on Thursday we took a train along the Rhein to the small town of Bacharach, where we lodged way up the hill in, ahem, a castle, and explored what turned out to be a very beautiful town (and where I lost, but later recovered, a pair of gloves).
After a couple days of that, we took a short jaunt to St. Goar, and spent most of that visit checking out the 13th Century Rheinfels Castle (and Aaron lost a beloved scarf).
Finally, on Sunday, we did the Beethoven and Schumann tour of Bonn (this time without seriously imperiling any cold weather accessories).
There is lots, lots more to tell, but I'll leave most of the storytelling to the billions of photos we took over the course of the week. Do visit our Picassa page; I've narrowed the selection down to, uh, 70 photos, most with captions. Y'know, since you didn't have anything to do today.