Friday, February 12, 2016
MY VISIT TO COLOGNE
We arrived at the Cathedral in Cologne (High Cathedral of St. Peter & Mary) at 10am on a Sunday in August. Since Mass was being celebrated in the Cathedral, we were only allowed to visit in the back of the cathedral.
Since we couldn't visit more of the Cathedral that morning, we took a walking tour of the city. Cologne was once a Roman settlement called "Colonia Agrippina". Old Roman ruins remain in this city and we saw some of them.
After lunch, we had the opportunity to explore more of the Cathedral in Cologne. We saw the beautiful stained glass windows and ornate gold shrine on an elaborate altar. I thought the Cathedral was very impressive.
Of course, we took some photos re-enacting some of the ones my Grandma was in 1961. I always liked this photo of her (in the red coat) in front of the Cathedral. The problem was there were way too many people walking back and forth to take a photo where you would actually see us. So instead we stood closer to where the photographer took the original photo.
From the two photos you will notice that things have changed. There is no longer that small patch of grass in front of the cathedral. Also, there is no longer a street in front of the cathedral but rather a "plaza" where people walk through or gather.
I loved my short visit to Cologne and to its magnificent cathedral! I already have two things to do on my next visit to Cologne:
1. Take a ride on the Rheinseilbahn (the bucket ride over the city and river) to get an aerial view of the city.
2. Drink a glass of Cologne famous Kolsch beer.