DATE July 22nd 1928
PLACE Holland, Belgium
Today we awoke at 5AM to leave for Belgium & so we road to La Hague & then left for Brussells on the train. We went thru Antwerp & then to Brussells. Took a tour of the city & went out that night with Lucy & R. we were very disgusted with our hotel the Ermitage but got on all right.
DATE July 23 1928
Today we reached Köln, Cologne in the morning & had lunch at the Kölnerhof  then went shopping and then to the Cathedral. It is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. The knaves are so beautiful that they semm like a dream. I like Germany more than I ever dreamed of it is so beautiful. We caught the train at Cologne & went then thru the Rhine Valley to Koblenze where we stayed at the Reisen Fürstenhof a very good hotel on the Rhine near to Moselle. I had a swell time.
 This may refer to the Hotel Coellner or the Colner Hofbrau Fruh, which still exists.
 At the time of its completion in 1880, Köln Cathedral remained the tallest building in the world for a decade. Read more about its history here.
 On October 24 1938, German general Erich von Manstein would use the fashionable Hotel Riesen–Fürstenhof as the headquarters of the 34th Division German army.
[sic] Although Vincent misspells words in his journal, we have kept them as he wrote them.