Ostertor © Bremer Touristik-Zentrale, Fotografin Manuela Gangl
Elbe riverside beach © Hamburg Marketing GmbH, Fotograf Christian Spahrbier
Museum of Fine Arts
Kühlungsborn pier © Touristik-Service Kühlungsborn GmbH, Fotografin Melanie Hunger
Saarschleife © Tourismus Zentrale Saarland, Fotograf Eike Dubois
LuisenCenter © ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG
Sound of the Forest Fotografin Isabelle Löhr
HotSpots in Cologne
Canadians First Time at a Traditional Co-ed Spa
Visiting a co-ed spa was a foreign concept to me, being born and raised in Canada. Nudity in my culture is reserved for your own home where some have issues looking at themselves in the mirror. The gym change room is another publicly acceptable nude room, many of us have mastered the art of undressing by using a towel without exposing our private parts. My wife, Kristen, and I walked into that spa and let go of our Canadian mentalities.
I undressed in the co-ed change room next to a woman in her 60s. She had kind eyes, a warm smile and no knowledge of nude shame as she stripped down without embarrassment. Kristen and I entered the spa, dropped our towels and were liberated, free for all to gaze upon! There were adults of all ages and body type, casually conversing as if being nude was more comfortable than being clothed. I had to constantly remind myself that people are not judgemental of bodies here, something I have never experienced in North America. Nudity is very much a part of the culture here. This German spa was the first place I have experienced harmony and equality among class, age, sex. Nobody knows whether you walked in with an Armani suit or a ripped t-shirt, you are all equal, beautiful and free. I immediately felt unjudged and part of the community.
The architecture and decor of the spa was heavenly. Stone tiles lead the way to a large open room with lounging chairs and a marble swimming pool. The ambiance is zen, with only the sound of calm conversations and light background music. Buddha heads, candles, bamboo designs and waterfalls decorate the many rooms with relaxation and beauty. The outdoor rooftop contained hot tubs and saunas to keep you warm and steamy as well as cold pools and a bucket of snow used to cool your body down before jumping back into the hot tub.
I left with my body relaxed, my skin clean, and my mind at peace. I learned that the human body is a beautiful gift which should be appreciated and accepted. Nudity is our original state and should be more widely accepted.
Original Eau de Cologne - 4711
由于博物馆都关门了，我居然先去逛了古龙香水店。那犯罪小说和这4711有关吗？ Being all the museums are closed, the first spot I go, is Cologne Eau. I wonder if that criminal novel 'perfume' related to this 4711?
Hotel windsor cologne
be careful of thieves in HBF
Uber Alles!刚一抵达酒店，就碰到一个刚在科隆火车站被抢走护照、钱包和电脑的武汉大学姑娘，听说阿尔巴尼亚小偷要回家过年了，守在大教堂那等收成。很遗憾的是，国人显然是最大粮仓。提请各位逛街者注意。Arriving hotel, met a Chinese girl student who was just stolen all(passport,wallet notepad and iPad) on HBF, local told me, those east European thieves also need 'earn' some money for backing home for Christmas, so waiting in HBF and outside of Dom, for tourists. unfortunately, they know Chinese like bring cashes.
Neptunbad Premium Sports & Spa
Treat Yourself This Holiday Season
One stop that cannot be missed while visiting Cologne, Germany this winter is Neptunbad Premium Sports & Spa. This peaceful getaway contains 6 saunas, hot pools with meditative underwater music, hammam area and exclusive massage room. If you're looking for an even more unique experience, try the Hot Chocolate Massage. It's not as tasty as it sounds, but is guaranteed to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and smooth as silk.
Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Cologne
One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by visiting one or more of the many Christmas markets. Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany will have you feeling fuzzy all over as soon as you step foot through the market archway. You can find everything from vendors selling local handy crafts to delicious German cuisine. Everywhere you look, people are smiling and laughing which only adds more positive energy to the overall happy atmosphere. No trip to the market is complete without a glass of hot wine, also known as "Glühwein," so be sure to give it a try!
Calentando motores ... en en dos semanas empieza nuestro carnaval. http://buzz.mw/bglk3_l #youth #cologne #joingermantradition
Foto: © Rainer Kiedrowski
A mais antiga fábrica de perfumes do mundo
A maioria dos turistas que vem a Colônia leva como souvenir, é claro, uma colônia - um dos ícones da cidade. Apesar da marca mais popular ser a 4711 (vendida em inúmeras lojas da cidade), a mais antiga fábrica de perfumes do mundo ainda em funcionamento é a Farina - onde nasceu a primeira “Água de Colônia”. Na Casa Farina (Obenmarspforten 21) há um museu que conta a história do perfume, além de uma lista de nomes ilustres (desde 1716) que usaram o perfume, como Dom Pedro I, Oscar Wilde, Princesa Diana, Bill Clinton, entre outros.