July 9: Two of Cologne's highlights today. First, the Cathedral:
Gorgeous stained glass, much of it centuries old
Intricately carved statues
A musical service going on, even while most of the church is buzzing with tourists
Outside, a concert by large, unrehearsed amateur orchestra. The Cathedral is a happening.
Second, the Ludwig Museum, close to the Cathedral, one of the best museums of 20th C art in the world.
Huge pop art painting by James Rosenquist in the entryway
Dramatic display spaces and stairways
A superb permanent collection, and two notable contemporary exhibits of work by politically active Chinese artists Huang Yong Ping
and Xu Bing
To end the day, an excellent dinner at WeinAmRhein, with delightful farm-fresh decor: