Monday, February 20, 2012

My belly is full of good beer and pork from a fun, frenzied weekend spent in Düsseldorf and Cologne, Germany.

I think we had a bit too much fun. Today, I am feeling quite sluggish despite drinking copious amounts of coffee.

That means, this week, I should detox, eat soup and get back to my hot yoga routine.

Just like last year's "romantic" trip spent in Munich, we celebrated a belated Valentine's Day weekend in Germany with beer and pork. Or maybe it was really just an excuse to get away, meet up with friends and experience Karneval firsthand!

Karneval is a festival that has many names such as Fasching or Fastnacht in Germany. Cologne is well-known for its party scene, and thousands of revelers take to the city streets. Luckily, we met up with two friends who speak German and helped us navigate the scene and city.

Thanks to JT of JT's German Adventure and Meg, we had a blast!

Here are some photos I took while we were out and about celebrating Karneval with the locals. Some of the costumes were really outrageous! But they made for fantastic photos!

Happy Mardi Gras or Karneval wherever you are!

Do you have some favorite people photos from your travels? If so, please share your link when you comment. Thank you! 
Overall, street scene in  Düsseldorf, Germany, on Sunday.
Ships ahoy!
"Red hot smokers"
"Wanted: Blue cowboys"
"Three fish in a small pond"
"Feathers and eyelashes"
Tasty berliner - similar to a jam-filled doughnut.
"What's cooking?"
"I heard you the first time!"
"Sprinkles and Strawberries"
The best for last - This shows my true love for pork!

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh what fun! glad you got your pork fix on! did you eat one of those really ling wieners on the really short buns? i love those things! nothing like the germans to celebrate like real nerds!

Joy said...

@jaz, yes, I don't quite understand the long sausages to short bun ratio. =) But we enjoyed it anyway...and pulled pork, thinly sliced ham, cured pork salamis and schnitzel!

Julia said...

Great set of photos Joy. How I envy your belly full of pork and beer - those doughnuts don't look too bad either! ;) BUT the sun is shining and I've been power walking this morning. time to get healthy for summer!

Joy said...

@Julia, yes, beer + pork do not = healthy! Weather is good here too so strolled around Eminonu and back to yoga tomorrow!

Terry (Adventures in Ankara) said...

Hi Joy, looks like you had a blast! I spoke to some of my German relatives the next day and there seemed to be some hangover issues!

Joy said...

@Terry, fun times! I highly recommend it. We weren't feeling too bad...just sluggish. ;-)

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