We went to Cologne last weekend with our friends, Clare and Reid.  Besides the obligatory whiff of the original eau de Cologne, we visited the Dom Cathedral - with thousands of others.  The Dom is quite symbolic to many Germans, as it was one of the few remaining buildings left standing in Cologne after Allied air raids in WW2, and as such it is a huge tourist draw.  
The highlight was the Archaeological Zone where we were able to see the nearly-2000 year old ruins of a Roman Palace.  And then we went through the old sewer!  It's about 100 metres long and dark and not so scary, but the kids got a kick out of it. Eloise climbed onto one of the exhibits and got a stern lecture in German along the lines of "You poor child, why don't your parents love you enough to pay closer attention to you?"  Or something like that.  This brought her to tears.  
We bid adieu to our friends and came back to Münster to try and settle in.  This includes asking German computer guys at the University why our internet isn't working and eating in cafeterias where the french fries are too cold for even your two year old to enjoy.  This is what European dreams are made of.
Enough complaining, here are some pretty pictures for your enjoyment.  
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The view from our rental in Cologne.
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Roman Wall, fancy tile work.
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Dom Cathedral
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Fellow tourists.
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Ruins
mom
20/9/2011 05:27:09 am

Ellie probably cried because she remembers the good old days when getting into trouble meant only getting 10 freezies instead of the usual dozen

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Tasha
20/9/2011 06:31:11 am

It's really nice that you've put in so much history behind everything that you's have seen and done. I enjoy it. It's like history class with out any work. Poor girls probly have had night mares of cold french fries :( ... so sad. Eloise Im sure will know enough German in no time to tell them, where to go and how to do it, with the added Im very loved. You could always teach her a defense word and if they say anything about it, say sorry we dont speak german (funny not funny ??) Ok well besides that... Tara did you take all of those picture's ?? You really really have an eye for a great picture. They are a super pretty way of looking at things. Soooo good that when you's come back I think you have found a new career. And if they where by Aaron great job the photography classes Tara got you paided off.hehe (all in fun) The pictures are wounderful. Take care love you's. xo

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Monica
21/9/2011 06:50:41 am

Amazing photos! Seems like you're doing so much already! Hope all is well and that you and the fan are settled in. Can't wait to read more of your blog! Miss you all. Xo

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Monica
21/9/2011 06:51:44 am

meant to say *fam not fan.

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