Kirmes with Grandma

Every Fall and Spring vacation we see advertisements for this Kirmes (Fair), but have never gone. We thought it would be a fun thing to do with Grandma while she was here… Dom in background It may look like they’re checking out the awesome Ferris Wheel, but I’m betting it’s the cotton candy.. Damfpnudel I […]

Snow Days!

Köln is one of the warmest places in Germany, so we don’t get much snow. If we’re lucky, we’ll maybe get a day or two of snowfall in winter. This is considered a decent snowfall here. Just enough to make a scraggly, tiny snowman. our snowman I love that her hat is on backwards! my […]

Basilika Sankt Gereon

The choir that Quinnie is in was asked to sing at a First Communion in Basilika Sankt Gereon. I’ve blogged about this beautiful church and it’s history before in this post. Quinnie and Kiera’s Great-Grandparents were married there, so it’s pretty cool that she gets to sing there occasionally. Oma, Opa, Tante Ruth and Maxim […]

First Snow!

This winter we finally got some snow! I can’t tell you how excited we all were- especially since we didn’t get any in Köln last year. We spent most of the day outdoors because we knew it wouldn’t last. Quinnie catching snowflakes on her tongue /  Ella making snowballs We randomly ran into our old […]


The Eigelstein is the closest shopping area to The Weckschnapp (our place). I snapped a few pics with my iPhone on a few shopping trips there (throughout the year). The Eigelsteintorburg is the medievel Prussian old castle gate The back side of the Eigelsteintorburg. A few months ago I saw a wedding take place inside […]


Lentbad is a massive building next to Lentpark where you can go swimming or ice skating (and probably lots of other activities that I don’t even know about!). The girls have really developed a love for ice skating and ask to go there most weekends (just a short bike ride away!). Lentbad next to Lentpark […]


KVB is Köln’s subway/ transit system. It works on an honor system of sorts in the sense that there are no turnstiles- you just walk onto the train. They have machines where you can buy per-ride tickets or you can get a monthly pass (unlimited rides). To keep you honest they have ticket checkers who […]