Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Leaving Amsterdam, we headed to Cologne, Germany. We visited the Cologne Cathedral, and I have to say, I could have looked at it all day. A twin spired, Gothic cathedral adorned with beautiful stained glass windows. The inside was equally magnificent. The picture does not do it justice. It took 600 years to finish this catholic church. It is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and one of the largest churches in the world.
We took a cruise along the Rhine River for a few hours. The scenery was incredible, and the castles up in the hills were amazing! Some of them have been bought and are in the process of being renovated which is nice to see. We started to see houses decorated with beautiful lattice work and window boxes filled with flowers--although this was much more evident in Switzerland.
On the way to Mannheim, Germany we passed Wisebaden which was the town where Elvis was stationed when he was in the Army. (Just had to get that in!) We saw the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle (photo 4). You can just imagine the iron gate coming down and a moat around it!
Passing through the Black Forest we stopped at an adorable (basically gift shop) life size cuckoo clock. We arrive just in time to see the show--Music plays and the figures come out and dance around. The Black Forest is mostly pine and other fir trees, so called because if you go into the forest, after only a very short distance it is so dense you cannot see--it's pitch black! Amazingly beautiful!
I hope you are enjoying! Keep watching for the next installment.