I'm in Germany! Cologne is the first of the German cities I'm visiting this trip. I'm staying in this wicked hostel, in a themed capsule queen-sized dorm bed! Best combination possible? I think so too. I'm almost sad to leave, but there are more countries to visit and cities to see. Heidelberg is the next stop, as long as I find the bus. (Finding bus stops is migraine inducing. There was a lot of panic in Ghent. Running through my head was a litany of swear words before I found the small sign signalling the Eurolines stop.)
Anyhow this is Cologne, of the famed cathedral. The detailing is incredible.
And the last of the many Christmas markets I've been to. Photos below are a combination of the many in Cologne. The one in Neumarkt was my favourite, with the canopy of lit-up stars and carousel.