Saturday (28th December 1918)

Off this afternoon to the Cathedral.  Having no knowledge of architecture and ecclesiastic decoration, I can give no coherent description.  It strikes me as immensely spacious, lofty and noble.  The windows are very large, and the tone and blending of their colours wonderfully rich.  As with all great cathedrals, one feels amazed that human beings could have made it.

Old Cologne is built in half circles radiating from the Cathedral.  In this part, the streets are very narrow.

Ted Jull and I went into the city, and in various cafes (“Restauration”) had tiny glasses of wine at 2 marks (about 1/3 each), and equally expensive little triangles of apple tart.  In the cafes they keep up an intense heat and no ventilation, as is apparently the custom all over the Continent, both in public and private houses; as in U.S.A.

The German language seems difficult to pronounce, but when spoken properly, is by no means so harsh or guttural as most of us imagine.

nlnzimage 1-1 002090 NZers on steps Cologne Cathedral, Jan 1918 (small)

[Image: New Zealanders standing on the steps of Cologne Cathedral in 1919. Photograph taken by Henry Armytage Sanders. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Ref: 1/1-002090]

nlnzimage 1-1 002089-G NZ troops on steps of Cologne Cathedral, Jan 1919

[Image: A group of New Zealand soldiers standing at the top of the steps of Cologne Cathedral in 1919. Prominent in the background is finely sculpted Gothic statuary. Photograph taken by Henry Armytage Sanders. Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/1-002089-G]

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