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GERMANY | Friday, 17 June 2011 | Views [908]

On my final day, I decided that I just couldn’t leave without heading into the cathedral, especially since it was free.  So, I joined the tourist mob, and the guided groups, and ambled through this massive construction.  There were some pretty impressive stained-glass windows, I must say.

Was going to go up the towers, but I was in cheapskate mode and decided that I could do without that.  I think I read that they are about 100m high, though.  Amazing!

 

Sat in the cathedral square for a while, to soak up the atmosphere.  People are constantly meeting and greeting here: school groups, friends, families, tour groups, couples…  Plus the ‘human statues,’ white-faced Navy officers and Charlie Chaplin lookalikes are all vying for photos, and therefore the tourist dollar.

 

Next mission: lunch.  I did another huge wander, in which I went past an ancient city gate from, I believe, Roman times, and a huuuge square.  Eventually, I settled on what turned out to be a very tasty sandwich from one of those Merzenich bakeries which seem to be everywhere, at least in Cologne.  Mozzarella, tomato and basil.  J  Yum!   Quite Italian, really, now that I think about it.

 

By this stage, I somehow couldn’t be bothered doing anything more than sitting and watching the world go by.  So I sat in town for a bit.  Then, I changed my location to the Rhine.  Then I sat and stared at a computer screen in my internet café for a bit.

 

My stomach told me it was dinner time, so I went for a falafel kebab.  I took it back to the Rhine.  Some young girl with pretty good English befriended me.  She told me she was a bit drunk, and asked about New Zealand.

 

I collected my suitcase from the hostel, lugged it to the main station, and chilled there for a bit, before heading up to the platform to meet Nadja, and head for Siegburg station.  She only had about 6 minutes between 2 trains, so I was crossing my fingers that it'd work out...

Tags: cologne, rhine, train

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