“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Liberty” (Day 16)

May 3

~ Cologne

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[As Facebooked:   Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Cologne (as in “Eau de . . . “). [We] visited the cathedral (after John got his quiet box exchanged), whose dark exterior color is the result of two things: burning coal and burning coal. The exterior cannot be cleaned as a result of one thing: it is built of sandstone. See the little green ladder at the top of the left tower – NOT ON YOUR LIFE!]

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[Yes, this is where the product name originated.  I have never had need for such product because I naturally smell like cookies.]

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[. . . John getting his quiet box fixed.]

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[The Dom Hotel is adjacent to the Cathedral.  You will see more shots of it . . . it’s an inside joke with  DOM 1.]

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[A view from the “next” side.]

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[Worldwide, scaffolding has become the new architectural chic.]

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[As you can see, it’s the Romano-Germanic Museum.  The Romans had a settlement here upon which today’s Cologne is built.  I’ve heard you can say that about a lot of places?  It’s adjacent to the Cathedral and we’ll return here in a bit.]

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[Oh, here’s the little green ladder . . . leading all the way to the top!]

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[We’ve moved along now – this is on the side of City Hall . . . ]

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[JFK visited here June 1963.]

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[City Hall, as is everything in Europe, is under repair/renovation.]

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[This the entire city, under glass, in City Hall.]

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[At some previous time and place, I mentioned our new friend Eric from Australia, who had never seen snow in his life until this trip.  That’s him, second from the right in the dark glasses.]

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[This was some special stained glass in City Hall.  It was unique for some reason, but now I can’t find anything about it?]

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[City Hall Tower]

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[You will note the bottom of the middle figure.  “Mooning” is feature of many (several?) such structures in Germany – it’s the sculptor or architect making a political statement.]

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[Museum Ludwig . . . I know because that’s what it says on the building.]

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[We’re on a walk through town back toward the Cathedral, looking back at the City Hall Tower from whence we have just departed.]

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[Aaaah, the now well-known Dom Hotel – we’re on familiar ground here.]

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[So, now a quick peak into the Romano-Germanic Museum, with the Super, a/k/a, “Parnelli” Ruthie, checking out her favorite modes of transportation.]

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[The museum was designed around the famous Dionysus mosaic, which dates back almost 2,000 years.]

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[And if you aren’t quite sure, yup, we’re in the Cathedral now.  It represents the epitome of “high ceilings.”]

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[And, of course, any self-respecting Cathedral has to have stained glass . . . lots of stained glass.]

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[And gold – don’t forget the gold!]

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[Just another magnificent structure . . . ]

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[With better than average floors.]

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[Helen and John share a moment with the Tomb of Engelbert von der Mark.  I have no other words for this.]

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[Oh, there’s Aussie Eric again in the center of the photo.]

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[The Shrine of the Three Kings]

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[The previously noted and abundant stained glass.]

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[The Shrine of the Magi]

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[Did I mention the floors?]

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[The Altarpiece Triptych of the Three Kings by Stefan Lochner]

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[As Facebooked:  Cologne is also famous for its chocolate museum. Now why would I want to go there? After the long walk back to the boat, it was time to just put your feet up and and enjoy the view of the cathedral.]

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[So while the Cathedral is Cologne’s main entree, the Chocolate Museum is its dessert.]

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[First, a little chocolate latte in the dining room with a view . . . ]

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[Taken in honor of “Karin” Berg, a SAWA and winery music soul mate.]

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[Then, to the goodies!]

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[The neighborhood out front.]

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[And the museum exterior . . . ]

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[The view back toward city center.]

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[Waiting out front for the train . . . ]

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[Still, shots of the neighborhood.]

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[And here comes our ride!]

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[All aboard!]

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[On the train, traveling to downtown.]

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[And we’re back at the Cathedral.]

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[On the 3rd visit to the Cathedral on the same day, I feel qualified to “present it”to you.]

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[Now we’re walking back to the boat.  As I recall, it was farther than we thought.  This is the main railway station.]

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[A last look back at the Cathedral.]

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[At the river now, our boat’s the last one down there.]

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[Relaxing back on board, feet up, “Good-bye, Cathedral!”]

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[Rollin’ on the river – Good-bye, Cologne!]

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[Oompah time back on board the boat.  You betcha it’s local!]

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[Helen checks social media . . . ]

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[The Super checks fine dining!  Always first in the room  – nobody better take our table!]

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[Now here’s a centerpiece that should be mandatory on every table!!]

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[The guy with the hat – maybe not so much.]

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[Oy, there’s a mustache that could use a trim.]

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[Weakie, this should settle any food display issues??]

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[Oompah, oompah!]

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[OK, that should take care of any further discussions about an oompah shortage!]

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[Meanwhile, back at the bread bowl.]

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[The wine rack, I assume covers just a single meal.]

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[This was the first cruise I recall that the passengers were invited for a tour of the kitchen.  It’s quite an operation, in what I would define as a small space, to simultaneously feed over 200 people three times a day!  Here Tom checks the guy in the hat.]

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[The Super and the head chef.  I already forgot what the hat day was all about?]

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[As were we told, it was all in the kitchen design, into which obviously a lot thought was given.]

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[And the dining room.]

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[A now we’re going to leave Germany . . . ]

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[Heading for the Netherlands.  This photo is now this computer’s wallpaper.]

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If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.  ~ Will Kommen

Up Next:  Europe.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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