We were here for just a couple of days, I would have loved to have stood at one of the many stands at the Christmas markets stuffing my face with sausages, swilled down with mulled wine but have Muslim eat no pork.... Most people associate Cologne with the amazing Christmas markets and having been they are everywhere and an incredible site, they look better at night but by then the crowds have arrived and the slow shutter speed generally resulted in a rather blurred mess. I could have spent a fortune on one of the jewellery stalls as well as hats, scarves etc etc etc
Cologne is full of rebuilt Byzantine churches. The cathedral dominates the city (sorry it was just too hideously Gothic to take any photographs of) and was only allowed to remain relatively unscathed because it gave the British bombers a landmark, the rest were all destroyed. it was very sobering to see photographs taken just after the war, the whole city appears flattened, It is hard to believe it was possible to rebuild it but they did.
We sadly do not appear to have learnt any lessons from that war or any other, as the news shows history repeating itself over and over again.