It seems as if I am in the south of Germany here sometimes, although in reality it is Namibia, on the south western point of Africa.
There are so many Germans here in Swakopmund you get confused.
I’ll do a small post about last summer in Germany.
We start in Cologne, a highly industrialized city that survives since before Roman times, was mostly flattened in WWII, put still has their cathedral.
They have quite a vibrant shopping scene today.
From my window, on the 22 floor, you could follow the chimneys on the horizon.
The poor cathedral is really suffering with all the air pollution.
The spiel is that building works extended over 700 years, but if you listen carefully, it sounds like it was suspended for over three hundred years, somewhere in the middle. Because of wars I take it.
So not quite 700 years of work.
I wasn’t overwhelmed by their cleaning effort, to be honest. At this rate they will never get it done, and the overall effect is really just to make the dirty bits look dirtier.
Also they seem to have enough going on inside. Nifty spider thingy they have there.
I suppose if they don’t clean the outside, the dirt will eventually work its way inside and you will be left with a mosaic floor with a ribbon around it, like you have on the old Roman archeological sites.
Impressive mosaic though, assume made with marble etc and not tiles.
Windows equally impressive
Here is a little combination from the summer gardens on my side of the city.
They seem to be doing well despite the air pollution.
I was in the red and blue block you can see above the honey sign. It won the award for the ugliest building of the year 😦
Can’t fault the view though.
Trees on my way to the shop
Had to go past the tennis courts, along the mosque and across the street.
Suppose you need workers in all those industries.
I found the people of Cologne gentle and kind, which makes sense for a city with one of Europe’s oldest universities.
Also quite gels with their signature scent, the 4 7 11, soft and unpretentious, if a little aged 🙂
The old city over the Rhine
and a little closer up
This guy seems to have his own built in pigeon, very efficient.
Quite a good museum about their Roman history, which I didn’t visit.
A lot of transport still goes on the water here. Think this is an oil tanker.
They are the biggest Rhine city today.
And this poor bugger is the face of STD’s in Germany.
I certainly hope he lives far away, it would be a bit upsetting to see him on the S bahn.
Looks a bit upset himself, but who can blame him?