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    Beer drinking

    by Marie-Claude Written Feb 24, 2005

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    You have to taste a beer. It is cheeper than water and any other drinks at the restaurant or pub. But beware german beer is bittier than the Belgian ones or the North American ones. It is very refreshing. In some places you can order a liter!

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    Koblenzer Schängel

    by toonsarah Written Jun 22, 2015

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    As we walked around the Altstadt we started to notice that all the manhole covers looked the same, with an image of a young boy on them. He is the "Koblenzer Schängel" who also appears on a fountain near the Rathaus (opposite side to the Jesuitenplatz). I never managed to get a photo of the latter as it was always in deep shadow when I passed, but this is in a way the Koblenz version of Brussels’ Mannekin Pis – except this boy is marginally more refined as he spits the water!

    So why Schängel? It means “little John” in the local dialect and dates back to the two occasions when the French occupied the city (in the 17th century under Louis XIV and the 18th under Napoleon). Perhaps unsurprisingly, many children were born in those times to a local mother but with a French soldier for father. Many of the latter were called Jean (John), the most common boy’s name in France, and their offspring therefore “little John”. Eventually the name began to be used more generally to mean an inhabitant of Koblenz.

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    Whine drinking

    by Marie-Claude Written Feb 24, 2005

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    Whine tasting is something we saw in a few places in Koblenz. You go in a particular wine bar and then you can taste the local Rhein valley wines. Most of them were closed during our stay in January.. but I think you should try it.

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