The next morning (Thursday) we had breakfast at Claus’ house, then headed to Cologne at about lunchtime. The first thing we did was go to the cathedral (called the Dom) right by the train station. Claus took some pics of me before we went in; he took a couple of me just standing there, then told me to do something else, so I struck a funny pose!
Using the awesome flip-around screen on my camera, I took a picture of Claus and me with the cathedral in the background:
Then we went up. I took a picture of the stats so I wouldn’t forget:
I think the reason the climb wasn’t too bad was because the flight of stairs was so small, we had to stop every minute or two to let people pass by, and though we only stopped for 10 seconds or so at a time, it gave us a chance to rest.
I’d say about 3/4 of the way up there was a little landing area with another staircase the rest of the way up. It also gave us another chance to rest before hiking the rest of the way up!
Once we got to the top, the view was amazing, but to keep people from jumping/throwing things/taking ANY kind of decent photo, there was wire webbing all around it.
The walkway went in a circle around the top. I did try to take some photos of the view of the city…
For most of the day in Cologne, it was drizzling, but the clouds were amazing!
There was graffiti EVERYWHERE in the cathedral… it made me sad.
We stopped partway down to see the bells in the tower. There was another circular walkway around with the bells in the middle- the path was super narrow! A shot of the hallway…
The bells were HUGE and one of them tolled once while we were up there. It was so loud!
When we walked down, we were going so fast that I got dizzy from the spiral! We then walked around the inside of the cathedral. It was breathtakingly intricate.
I stopped and just looked at this painting for awhile. Such a thought-provoking portrayal.
I called this the Tetris window!
And finally, a shot of the cathedral as we walked away.
After that, we headed to the KölnTriangle, a tall building with a panoramic view on its roof. It didn’t have any wires or bars, but it was raining, so there was water on the glass walls and occasionally on my camera lens. Boo.
Claus cheesing in front of the building.
Camera focus on me…
Camera focus on the water droplets! I thought it was funny/cool!
View of the cathedral, river, and bridge.
It was hard to get a picture in the other direction because of the rain.
I attempted to get a pic of me and Claus with the cathedral in the background…
…when, as I experienced in Paris, someone saw me struggling and offered to take a photo of us.
I also played around with the “miniature” setting on my camera again to try to make it look like it was a tiny model town.
After we were sufficiently cold from being on top of the building in the wind, we headed toward the chocolate museum for a warm drink. On the bridge crossing the Rhine, there are tons of locks–lovers do the same thing as on the Pont des Arts that I saw in Paris–put a lock on the bridge and throw away the key!
Claus with his coffee, my hot chocolate (6 weeks in France down and still not a coffee drinker!!), and a delicious piece of chocolate cake/mousse that we shared.
After our chocolate binge, we headed to a movie theater in Cologne that plays original versions of American movies with German subtitles. On the way there, there were some really cool clouds over the bridge. Unfortunately, they didn’t come across in photos as good as I hoped they would, but it’s still kind of a cool pic!
We saw the movie Robert & Frank, which was pretty good! Best line (as people are destroying books in a library): “It’s like Nazi Germany in here!” *cue nervous laughter from the audience*
As we sat down in the movie, I realized I only had one glove; I had lost one! And they were my favorite gloves- they have different stitching in the fingertips so I can use them with my smartphone. I was sad, but after the movie we asked the cashier if she had found a glove and she had! I was so happy! Then I left them in the pockets of Claus’ mom’s coat when I gave it back to her, so I had to buy a new pair in Nice before going to London.
After the movie, we headed back to Claus’ house for another delicious dinner. Pretzels with cheese, a tomato basil salad thing, cranberry cabbage (which I was skeptical about before trying it but it was SO GOOD), potatoes, pork, and gravy! Oh plus these star-shaped ice cream bars for dessert. We stayed in and I went to bed pretty early since we got up early the next morning to head to BERLIN!! I realize this post is super long, I might have to figure out how to make them more concise… at this rate, I’ll need two more posts just to cover Berlin! We’ll see what happens. To close, one final photo from Cologne: