Breakfast was surprisingly good here in Cologne, we are staying at a Mercure and have been pleasantly surprised by the hotel, it's been quite nice so far. We had a good breakfast and then decided we would go to the zoo today! We have been thinking about going to a zoo for awhile but have never had the time, however there isn't too much to do in Cologne so we decided to use our full day to go. We caught a taxi, it was only a ten minute drive. Tickets were 10 euros each and the lady at the ticket office told us that she was very sorry but they had no kangaroos here - after finding out we were Australian. Every time someone asks where we are from, they are always surprised and shocked that we are Australian and always tell us how far away Australia is.
We enjoyed walking through the zoo, it was a nice change from cathedrals or buildings that start to look the same after the 20th city you go to. It was a huge zoo. We walked around for an hour or so before heading to the zoo restaurant for lunch. It was a great lunch, buffet style and cheap! We got salad, pasta, potatoes, veggies, sausages... We have missed German food. Probably one of the best foods we've tasted.
We continued wandering around the zoo for the rest of the afternoon. We got stuck at the baboon area, it was so entertaining, I think we were there for fifteen minutes or so just watching. We got a bit lost in the zoo but found the lions and tigers - my favorites. There was probably every animal you could think of...crocodiles, hippos, impalas, giraffes, zebras, it was massive. There was a huge enclosure for the elephants too which was really cool, and it was feeding time so we saw the zookeepers throwing apples and whatnot to them. It was a good day at the zoo. Something different.
We caught a taxi back to the hotel, where I fell asleep and Harry went for a walk around the town. We got some dinner, delicious goulash soup, steak, a bacon soup for Harry as well as a hamburger. We leave tomorrow so our visit to cologne was short and sweet. I'm dreading another 3 hour train ride tomorrow, so sick of train rides by now. But thankfully, and also sadly, we only have two more train rides after tomorrow's one. Then we have a twelve and a half hour flight from Paris to kuala lumpur to enjoy... Ah the joy of traveling.
Lunch time.. very cheap