Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A trip to Cologne Christmas Market - Een reis naar de Kerstmarkt in Keulen

Off "they" went again on a trip ... to Cologne, Germany (Keulen, Duitsland) . On this trip, all three of our humans left us home alone! How brave they are!! (Ze hebben wel lef!!)
©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

Apart from Sacha doing some investigating in the kitchen trash bin (de afvalemmer in de keuken) , we pretty muched behaved ourselves while the humans were gone for the day. Sacha can never keep her little nose out of the trash bin. On the otherhand (paw?), I only raid packages of fresh bread (vers brood) that the humans forget to put away. Well ok, I also, occasionally, open the the butter dish (botervloot) to get a few licks - it is always tasty (altijd lekker) ! *wink*

"Mom" only managed this very small ink-brush drawing in her watercolor Moleskine ... there was too much to do, to see and to buy for her to sit for very long. This is a view of the market with the large Santa sitting on the Dom Hotel balcony- which is just by Cologne's Dom Cathedral. From the vantage point where "mom" was sitting to draw, the cathedral became a sort of curtain of carved stone forming an intricate background for this scene.
© 2006, Judith Nijholt-Strong, "Big Santa in Cologne"
Pentel ink brush with watercolor colored pencils in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook.

Cologne's Dom is one HUGE cathedral. It just looms above the Dom square. In the photo below, you can see just a small portion of the cathedral in the background on the right. It seems to go on forever skyward in real life .. very awe inspiring, says "mom".

©2006, Judith Nijholt-Strong

Here are some more photos of "their" day in Cologne. (Hier zijn meer foto's uit Keulen) . All photos ©2006, Judith Nijholt-Strong


Look!! In Cologne, even old Rembrandt's pub was decked out for Christmas. We wonder if the art historians know that Rembrandt has a pub in Cologne?! :o) *cats heartily laughing*

©2006, Judith Nijholt-Strong

We heard all about the tasty sausages in buns (broodjes worst) that our human "step-brother" enjoyed so much ... he had three while he was there!

©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

We sort of wish they had brought some sausages home for us :-( ... that sure would have kept Sacha out of the trash for at least a day and I wouldn't have to steal packages of bread!
Maybe next year we'll get lucky (Misschien hebben we volgend jaar mazzel) .

Yes, "our humans" travelled by the fast ICE train from Utrecht to Cologne - it's an enjoyable train trip. Fortunately for "our mom", who only ever answers in dutch (nederlands) , "our dad" speaks fluent german (duits) . The German language and the Dutch language (taal) do have many similarities, but there's enough differences for them to be miles apart when speaking, reading or writing. For instance, the pronunciation is very, very different between the two languages - our "mom" just can't get her head around the sounds in german. However, while they were in Cologne, the locals kept thinking our humans were French, or speaking french ... " mom & dad" thought that was funny!

Pictured below is the Cologne central train station - Hauptbahnhof (Keulen - Centraal Station)
©2006. Judith Nijholt-Strong

The station was in full Christmas spirit with stars on the ceiling inside, and every once in awhile, Santa in his sleigh with reindeer would glide across the stars.
Auf Wiedersehen!
Tot ziens!
Till we meet again!

Finn

Link: More on Cologne at Wikipedia - in english

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