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Sep 6, 2004 - Köln and the Dominating Dome (sounds scary, right?)

After waking up early, having a lovely train ride and then dropping off Nicole in Köln (Cologne) I went to my hostel and dropped off my stuff. I then went to the Dom, which is right across the street from the main train station. It was 9 am, and the English tour started at 10:30, so I wandered around the outside. It is beautiful in Köln today, very sunny and warm, but not hot. The tour was really boring, but I did get to go places in the church tourists are not normally allowed to go. Apparently the Shrine of the Magi in the front of the...

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Jul 19, 2004 - Köln

The first thing you see when you get into Köln is the Dom (cathedral), which still bears many of its scars and discoloration from the Allied bombing during WW2. It is huge, much larger than the one in Aachen. Köln was originally founded by the Romans and marks the furthest they ever established a permanent settlement in Germanic Territory. The city seems steeped in its own history, and yet very modern. My hotel is quite overwhelming. Compared to the conditions I have been living in, this hotel lobby and rooms are all full of designer...

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Jul 25, 2003 - Koln

On Friday July 25 we went to Koln. From Frankfurt to Koln the train follows the Rhine River and at every turn there is a gorgeous view with vinyards and a castle. The Cathedral in Koln is the second or the thrid largest in the world, depending on how you decide and who you talk to. In any case, it's huge. The inside picture I took doesn't show the size at all. Our hotel was a half hour walk along the Rhine to the Cathedral. The bridge in the background is the train bridge which ends at the Haupbahnhof just beside the Cathedral. The bridge...

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