Day 14: Cocoa de Cologne

This morning we woke to the tragic news of bombings in Brussels. Our original itinerary had us traveling there, but the prudent decision was made in December to alter our course after the bombings that had happened that month in Paris and Brussels. Today our itinerary had us exploring Cologne – the home of cologne perfume, and of a most delicious chocolate museum. We began our day with a guided walking tour around the part of the city surrounding the cathedral. Our group split into 2 smaller groups to better facilitate the tour. We saw a number of sites and learned about the Roman history buried beneath Cologne’s streets. We even saw an ongoing archaeological dig still happening close to the town hall. Lunch gave the students some free time to find a space on their own to eat, and we met back again in the afternoon to head over to the chocolate museum. Inside this sumptuous building we learned about the history of chocolate, the origins of the cocoa plant, how chocolate is made and, of course, got to taste a lot of chocolate! Many students even paid to have a custom made chocolate bar created for them on site. It took about 45 minutes to create and the students got to pick exactly what would go into the bar. In the evening we had dinner in the center of town. After dinner our former Handsworth exchange student Maxine finally had to say good-bye to our group. Tonight we have an early room-check as we are also up early tomorrow to head to our final destination – Amsterdam!

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