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The Gothic Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

Today we rose early, about 6a.m. for a long travel day. Again, a very good breakfast at the hotel. On the bus at 7:15a.m. and on our way to Germany.  My knee was sore from all the walking yesterday. Our first stop was along the autobaun at a gas station for the U-know-what-break. Very clean and well stocked with snacks, and drinks.

Item to note: We found in Europe that they do not chill soft drinks like we do in the United States.  Finding a Cold Coke is impossible.

Cologne, or Koln as it is known in Germany, was our first major stop.  Time for a quick lunch and time to see the magnificent Gothic Cathedral.  With two nearly 600 foot spires, this is the tallest Gothic style Church in all of Europe.  And they are still trying to remove the dark coal suet from the exterior.  The stained glass is beautiful and there are wonderful statues everywhere.  This Cathedral makes one feel very small.  The high ceiling and overall size made you feel quite insignificant.

On south we get to take about a one hour voyage down the Rhine River. Many castles, and other sights. Quite enjoyable, and the top deck of the ship allows a clear view for photos and serves whatever you'd like to drink.  We had great weather.  Although the forcast had been for rain the day before and showers today, we had clear, nearly cloud-free skies, and nice temperatures for May.

danny291 says:
thats strange you couldnt find a cold coke, every country iv been to in Europe iv been able to find them. I love Koln aswell by the way, such a beautiful city
Posted on: Mar 12, 2008
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As you can see, modern buildings, …
As you can see, modern buildings,…
Even with the scaffolding taking s…
Even with the scaffolding taking …
An interior shot of the Gothic Cat…
An interior shot of the Gothic Ca…
The stained glass was magnificent!…
The stained glass was magnificent…
This picture of the twin spires of…
This picture of the twin spires o…
The twin spires reach nearly 600 f…
The twin spires reach nearly 600 …
This is just one of many castles w…
This is just one of many castles …
The castles overlooked villages cl…
The castles overlooked villages c…
Along the Rhine River the castles …
Along the Rhine River the castles…
Some ended up pretty close togethe…
Some ended up pretty close togeth…
One of the many castles along the …
One of the many castles along the…
A little closer shot.
A little closer shot.
Churches are beautiful.
Churches are beautiful.
More taken along the Rhine River.
More taken along the Rhine River.
One of many castles along the Rhin…
One of many castles along the Rhi…
Castles and villages along the Rhi…
Castles and villages along the Rh…
Even grapes are grown on the hills…
Even grapes are grown on the hill…
Another of the the Castles along t…
Another of the the Castles along …
Rhine River, Germany.
Rhine River, Germany.
This is another boat like the one …
This is another boat like the one…
Even the railroad tunnels looked l…
Even the railroad tunnels looked …
Even the railroad tunnels looked l…
Even the railroad tunnels looked …
Even cemeteries
Even cemeteries
A few newer hotels up on the hills.
A few newer hotels up on the hills.
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