We left Amsterdam on a rainy Friday morning on our way to Cologne and Troisdorf. We took the ICE train and splurged on first class tickets. This train is capable of reaching speeds up to 300 km/hour although I don't believe we ever reached those kind of speeds. It was an extremely smooth, quiet and comfortable ride however. Cologne has a very busy Central Train Station and we were glad to see Inga on the platform to greet us and lead us the connecting commuter train to Troisdorf. It was good to see the whole Krowas family and we spent most of the evening getting reacquainted, eating good food and drinking the local beer. We spent Saturday touring the city of Cologne, which included a look around "The Dom" (Cologne's Cathedral), and a stroll and dining along the Rhine River. We returned to Troisdorf and later in the evening visited the Steinberger Grand Hotel Petersburg near Bonn. This was Germany's Camp David before the seat of the government moved back to Berlin. As such, many foreign presidents and royalty have visited here and now it was our turn. It's a beautiful place overlooking the Rhine. We were very grateful to the Krowas Family for hosting the four of us. It was good for Arno and Cherie to get reacquainted, and Steve and Barbara got an inside look at a fairly typical German family.
We picked up our rental car at the Cologne Airport on Sunday morning, drove back to Troisdorf to say "Good Bye" and headed down to our next stop near Baden Baden.
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