Sunday, November 22, 2009

St. Petersglocke. That Explains It.

On the road. In Cologne, the sound of cathedral bells wakes me up.

The great Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria is just around the corner, turns out. They started building it in 1248, and it took 632 years to finish. It survived several dozen bombing hits during the war.

Blogging, as they say, will be light.

'Whimsical Doughboys':

WITH UNITED STATES FIELD ARTILLERY on the Cologne Plain, Feb. 27 (Delayed) (U.P.)--Pvt. Donald P. Slevin of the Bronx, New York, pulled the lanyard of a big field piece at 12:30 A.M., today.

A minute and a half later the first artillery shell of the war screamed into Cologne, largest German city yet brought under direct fire by the Allies.

The whimsical doughboys chalked the name "Eau de Cologne" on the shell, a 95pounder.

8 Comments:

Blogger kellie said...

From what I remember, it seemed even taller on the inside.

9:56 AM  
Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Terry,

FYI.... youre under consideration for the Best Canadian Infidel Blogger Award.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Escapist:

I hope I lose.

6:23 PM  
Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Yeah, it could mark you out as a target for our Muslim comrades.

Escapist, eh?

I find your witticism interesting. I shall think upon it, and what it says about you and your relationship with the Western Conservative Redneck. A group that is held in utter contempt by the Western Left, the lowest life form on the planet in their eyes. Its culture something to be utterly disrepected, subverted, and subjugated. And something they dont feel the need to hide, apparently.

Too bad they cant bring themselves to do that to other cultures.

If I see another PBS program, where the narrator lauds the culture and wisdom of the elders of some bone through the nose Stone Age village in the jungle. Im going to puke.

8:42 PM  
Blogger John Carter Wood said...

I hope you enjoy your travels in our part of the world, Terry. Although I travel through Cologne pretty often, it was only recently that I wandered out of the train station to find the Cathedral was immediately outside.

It's an amazing place.

Greetings from further up the Rhine, and gute Reise!

1:28 AM  
Blogger Vijay Chakravarthy said...

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8:08 PM  
Blogger Skookum1 said...

The Cathedral, if you hadn't found out, holds the alleged relics of the Three Wise Men....a tower above their crypt includes a design/light meant to represent the Star of Bethlehem....

I hope you toured the Roemisch-Germanisches Museem next door on the Domplatz......the mosaic from the old Roman imperial palace is staggering....

9:17 AM  
Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Heh, I seem to recall that particular view myself. There's an internet cafe right around the corner, just up from the Starbucks...have fun, stay safe.

8:52 PM  

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