Me in front of the south transept entrance, which used to be the main entrance to the church before it was finished in the 19th C.
View from our breakfast table on July 6th. You can see from this photo how difficult it is to get the enormous facade of this building into a single shot. It's simply too tall, too wide and in a space that hugs it too closely to get the whole thing from ground level. Below a shot from right in front.
I found this facade endlessly fascinating to look at with its layer upon layer of decoration.
View down the 142 foot tall nave. Whether the sun was behind a cloud or not dramatically impacted these images, as you can see.
View into the transept vaulting with sun blasting through the glass.
Cologne has an "old town" that was rebuilt after WWII in an old, that is, medieval style. This area is beautiful, shady and has several pubs and places to eat. On our only night in Cologne, which happened to be our last night in the region, we dined at a riverside pub in this very area. The city hall is also located near here. Below is a photo of Dave in front of it.
As a side note, the temperatures dropped noticeably from Vienna (90) to Cologne (75) and again when we headed to Aachen on July 8. The clouds race overhead and the weather changes are rapid and dramatic--with rain one minute and literally warming sun 10 minutes later. It's really something to behold and it has followed us to Brussels where we spend the night tonight.
Dave in front of Cologne's city hall.
"Old Town" in Cologne. The Rhine is to Dave's back as he took this photo. We had dinner our last night at a pub just our of the photo to the far left.