Bear with me on this one.
I took this picture as the train to Brussels pulled into Cologne. I noticed the tower in the background, thought at first it might be a church, and remembered that Cologne has a famous cathedral. I wondered if we'd be able to see it from the train, and thought it unlikely, but watched carefully anyway, hoping for a glimpse.
The cathedral is literally next to the train station and it looms over the tracks as you pull in.
I have never seen anything quite so Gothic in my life, and of course this hastily snapped picture through a train window doesn't do it justice, or capture its immensity or grandeur.
I gaped. I took a picture. And I smiled all the way to Brussels.
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