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Aachen, Reunion and the Cornerstone of three Countries

We departed Cologne via A4 Autobahn heading straight to Aachen.  In terms of tourist attraction, Aachen, is not one of Germany’s main attraction. Our reason for visiting Aachen is to meet my old collegemate, Amizon Azizan (Mijon), who is furthering her study (PhD) here in Germany.    We have been in constant communication via Facebook and shared our experienced living in Europe with its rigid life and regulation and how the education system here differs greatly from those in Malaysia.  One distinct characteristics of Germany’s education is to segregate children from early stage based on their academic performance.  The above-average performers will continue to study in a normal school while the below-average performers are channeled to technical and vocational schools event in the primary schools. Aachen is located at the westernmost city of Germany, on its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 61 km.  The main university known as RWTH Aachen University is lo

Cologne in A Day!

Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg.  It is located on both sides of the Rhine River, less than eighty kilometres from Belgium.  Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub. A landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid reconstructed old town, the  twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne is one of Europe's oldest and largest universities. Add caption After two and a half-hour drive, we arrived near Kölner Seilbahn and decided to park there.  Kölner Seilbahn is the point where we could take the Aerial tramway across Rhine river.  It is the Germany's only cablecar crossing a river!  Before exploring the city of Cologne, we decided to try the aerial tramway just to ge