Sidestreets of Düsseldorf and Cologne


“Facebook just sounds like a drag. In my day, seeing pictures of people’s vacations was considered a punishment.” – Betty White

Consider this yours. You’ve done something. I don’t know what, but you’ve done something to deserve this.

It’s no secret that my love for side streets has blossomed since I’ve moved to Europe. Winding, partially hidden, and full of secrets like overlooked boutiques and architectural treasures. Here, some shots of side streets in Düsseldorf:

Ambling through the Altstadt, en route to Uerige Brauhaus....

My friend, Hans, says that after World War II, many of the older buildings in Germany were bombed as punishment. These blocks in the Altstadt are some of the oldest remaining ones in Düsseldorf.

Is there anything lovelier than a cobblestone street?

Düsseldorf in the rain

I bet you thought we were done. Fat chance, bad boy.

Now look at side streets of Cologne:


Consider yourself properly punished.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. CascadiaKids says:

    HA! Very clever. I have a ton of these shots of well, taken in France and Italy. There must be something very soothing to the human eye about these parallel structures and cobblestone streets.

    1. CascadiaKids says:

      Um, a ton of these shots AS well, I meant. More coffee please.

  2. Dominique says:

    I’m thinking this reminds me of my fascination with bridges. I don’t know how many photos I’ve taken through my sunroof up into bridges over the years 😆

    OK…but I enjoyed these shots 🙂

    1. ieatmypigeon says:

      I know a woman who’s fascinated with towers. Another who’s crazy about temples. You bridges? Me side streets. It’s a world of architectural marvels for everyone 🙂

  3. u-max says:

    these pictures are amazing, though a bit repetitive.

    ive seen in another blog post of yours that you know some people from north central florida. you don’t happen to be from there do you?

    1. ieatmypigeon says:

      Grew up there, yes, but left for good 12 years ago. You?

  4. Adam says:

    Dusseldorf is the only city in Germany I’ve visited. I spent a lot of time walking and wandering the streets there, too – it was a really nice place, though the people’s fashion was a bit strange.

  5. Jane Cullen says:

    Just found your blog. I like the pictures very much. I was wondering who this bad boy was? Did he ruin one of your pictures 🙂 Are we all to be punished like betty, ha! Love this post.

    1. ieatmypigeon says:

      Thanks, Jane! I think I envisioned the “bad boy” being the unidentified public. Betty has spoken – all must be punished.

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