On our way to our next destination, we stopped in Cologne, Germany. We were only there for a quick rest stop.

Our bus pulled over to the designated stopping point and we were off to get the best use out of our hour in the city. The first stop we stumbled upon was the Cologne Cathedral. This cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. I have never before seen anything so massive. I felt small standing next to it. Yet, that has become a common theme in my travels. Feeling so small, feeling that there is so much left to be seen. Realizing that what I once held as my whole world is nothing but a small fraction of the greater Earth.

We spent most of our time in Cologne searching for the Rhine. I spend most of my life searching for water so searching for one of the greatest rivers in Europe had to be on my to do list.

Yet, here we were in Cologne without a map. We spotted a man dressed up in a Roman guard costume and decided that he was our best bet for directions. He pointed us in the right direction and we were off to power walk to the Rhine.

Roman guard

The search was a success. We found ourselves facing the Rhine River for the first time and viewing The Hohenzollern Bridge, standing strong against the water front just as it had held strong against airstrikes in World War II.