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Friday, August 1, 2014

Cologne/Кёльн

The weather is nice, let's go to Cologne. The windmills are abundant along the way. Germany is successfully using alternative energy sources.

Погода позволяет, поехали в Кёльн. По дороге практически отовсюду видны ветряки. Германия успешно осваивает альтернативные источники энергии.



Cologne is famous for its Cathedral, which can be seen from far away. The Cathedral's construction started almost 800 years ago.

В центре Кельна расположен собор, который видно издалека. Знаменит он тем, что его начали строить почти 800 лет назад


Intricate details are at every level of the Cathedral.

С какой стороны ни смотреть, везде просматриваются тонкие детали исполнения.




It's possible to get on the very top of the Cathedral by stairs (no elevator). It is over 500 stairs to the very top. Visitors who go up and down share one narrow spiral staircase. One can enjoy the views of the city along the way as well as appreciate the real size of the statues that may seem small from the ground level.

Можно забраться на самый верх собора по ступенькам (лифта нет). До смотровой площадки свыше пятисот ступенек. Подъем и спуск почти до самого конца происходит по одной и той же узкой винтовой лестнице. По дороге можно оценить виды Кельна, а также увидеть реальный масштаб статуй, которые снизу кажутся не такими уж и большими.




The bells ring every fifteen minutes. It is one thing to hear it from several miles away, and a totally different experience hearing it ring from twenty feet away.

Каждые пятнадцать минут бьет колокол. Одно дело слышать его за несколько километров. Совсем другое -- когда стоишь рядом с ним.

Having climbed all the way up, anyone can enjoy the details of the Cathedral's dome and views of the city.

После пятисот ступенек посетителя ждет награда -- вид на детали отделки купола собора вблизи, а также вид на Кельн.




And then back downstairs, same stairwell.

Потом -- обратно вниз. По той же самой лестнице.

The embankment, located close to the Cathedral, provides plenty of great places to eat lunch or dinner.

Посетив собор, можно прогуляться по набережной и вкусно отобедать в любом из многочисленных ресторанов.


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