14 August 1999
Once we were up and had eaten, Michael took us to Köln (Cologne). We got off a little late
and ran into some traffic (Stau) on the Autobahn. Once we found a parking space, we walked
to the cathedral (Dom). A Saturday mass was just finishing, so after a 20 minute wait,
we were able to tour the Dom.
Although the interior architecture seemed more austere than the other
cathedrals, there was more gold and gilded objects, and the stained glass was much older
and more beautiful. The treasures inside included the shrine of the Magi, the oldest
massive wood crucifix, and many other objects. Beautiful mosaics covered portions of the
Outside the Cathedral, a small crowd had gathered around a shimmering golden life-sized Egyptian
statue. Wait. It moved! Someone had wrapped themselves in shimmering gold cloth,
donned an ornate King Tut mask and stood on a pedestal, very still.
Then with slow or surprisingly quick movements, the "statue" played the crowd for tips.
Interesting and comical.
We ate lunch in an old pub called "Früh." The intentionally rude waiters bustled through
the large pub with little holders for the small glasses of Kölsch beer. "Kölsch" is short
for "Kölnisch," to designate the local variety of beer, one less bitter than most.
Afterwards we headed over to the Roman-German museum. Outside were huge marble and concrete
bases and tops of ancient columns. One can actually touch these 2,000 year old pieces of history.
Inside were glass objects, jewelry, tools, sandals, frescoes, and even full mosaics--absolutely
amazing. Running so short on time, we had to cut the visit to a short hour or two.
At the gift shop, we each bought a coin and some music books.
After getting back to Micha and Susanne's, we got ready for a night in old Elberfeld.
When Tante Ilse came, we headed into town where we had a dinner of mixed grill and duck.
Afterwards, we went to one of Susanne's favorite cafes--café Congo. Then the four of us
walked to an Italian Ice café where Laura had a scrumptious strawberry sundae, and Dad
had "Eis-Pizza," consisting of absolutely too much vanilla ice cream on a plate topped with
Back home, we sat and talked a bit, while watching a German-dubbed North By Northwest.
The German voice for Cary Grant sounded hilariously wimpy.