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Germany: Lock Your Love in Cologne

Open your heart to me, baby
I hold the lock and you hold the key
Open your heart to me, darlin’
I’ll give you love if you, you turn the key

This Valentine’s Day, let Cologne hold the lock and the Rhine hold the key.

Join the Köln tradition by engraving both your names on a padlock and locking your love along the pedestrian pathway of the Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge.  Then throw the key in the Rhine River.

In addition to connecting east and west Cologne, the Hohenzollernbrücke also symbolically links thousands of lovers.

(To learn more about Cologne, Germany… read my article on Travel Squire or listen to my radio segment on Proud FM)

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IQ on Proud FM: Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany

Ivan Quintanilla is the featured travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM Radio “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

Click on the link below to hear IQ and the boys talk about gay travel to Cologne, Germany:

Ivan Quintanilla on Proud FM-Cologne  (6 min.)

To learn more about Germany’s fourth largest city, and one of the its most popular gay destinations, read the IQ articles published on Travel Squire and Out Traveler.


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Germany: Cologne Carnival Begins on 11/11/11

Always ready to toast with their local Kölsch beer, the people of Cologne, Germany, love a good party.  At no point, however,  is the city most alive than during Carnival.

Coined the “fifth season,” the festivities begin on the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  As the clock strikes 11:11 on 11/11/11, residents and visitors alike take to the streets to commence a celebration that continues through Ash Wednesday of the following year.  Though the Carnival spirit takes a brief pause to celebrate the winter holidays, the festivities climax with the official parade on Rose Monday, held next year on February 20, 2012.  Get ready:  it’s the party of the year, and you are invited.  With a guest list numbering over 12,000, the costumed Kölners throw Kamelle und Strüßcher (sweets and flowers) from floats and horses parading along a four-mile stretch.  Closing times for pubs are suspended, and the parties continue indoors and out at all hours of the day and night.

(Photo: J. Badura, Cologne/Festkomitee Kölner Karneval)

For more information on Carnival visit www.koelnerkarneval.de

To read my Cologne travel article visit www.travelsquire.com


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Germany Takeaway: Eau de Cologne

What do you get when you cross a monk, a businessman and a miraculous liquid? In Cologne, Germany, you get the Ultimate Takeaway…

Read the article in Travel Squire’s “The Ultimate Takeaway” column by clicking on the picture below:

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Cologne, Germany: Religion & Revelry

Cologne is a city of contrasts.  Germany’s most catholic city is also one of its most progressive.  Founded along the Rhine River as a Roman settlement in 38 BC, Cologne has managed to stay relevant through more than 2,000 years of history, culture, and artistry.  Germany’s fourth largest city celebrates its distinct “Kölsch” culture by marching to the beat of its own drummer:  drinking its particular beer, speaking its unique dialect, and living its free-spirited lifestyle.  While honoring its rich past, Cologne is a city living in the present and looking toward the future.

Read the full article, published in Travel Squire, by clicking on the photo below:

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