Shackled Amor and Rebel Tippy Toes in Cologne, Germany

After we had explored the lovely and odd sights of Düsseldorf, we decided to take an hour-long train ride to neighboring Cologne. Cologne is a beautiful German town known for its rivalry with Düsseldorf and its impressive cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world, according to the people of Cologne.

And it is beautiful, I admit.


However, as we made our way around the iconic cathedral taking in all of its glory, I found myself a bit distracted by the many interesting street scenes going on around its plaza.

First, I give you the ballet protest:Cologne Ballet Dancers

As we joined the watchful crowd, a young dancer told us that the local ballet academy was protesting cuts in the school’s budget. The guy in black was the director and I’m sorry, but there’s just no way to explain this man without using the word fierce.

Cologne Dance Company

As we moved on from what has to be the most beautiful protest I’ve ever seen, we headed to the historic Hohenzollern Bridge to get a good view of the cathedral. And once again, the cathedral ended up taking a back seat to the lovely display that met us on the bridge itself.

Think you’ve seen a “love locks” bridge before?

Think again:


A dizzying display of passionate amor, I must say. There’s really nothing that says true love like an electric hand saw and a dingy old bra, is there?

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3 Responses to Shackled Amor and Rebel Tippy Toes in Cologne, Germany

  1. You haven’t been to Cologne until you’ve been to their carnival. Just saying. It kicks Cadiz’s in the pants and you won’t smell like pee afterwards.

  2. Cassandra says:

    What a great idea for a protest–presenting the idea of what could be leaves a particularly haunting and poignant impression.

    Also, I just saw a love lock bridge in Paris this past week! There were some outrageous locks (a giant lion’s head with gaping mouth, anyone?) but this bridge takes the cake with its autographed underwear.

  3. Sarah says:

    Freaking awesome. I’ve never had any interest in going to Germany, but this has changed my mind.

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