There was a large demonstration starting in one of the market squares – I couldn’t translate it all – something about security? I kept wandering.
There were a lot of immigrants (Cologne had more immigrants than any other place I’d been in Germany) and communists. They were handing out boxing gloves with some slogan on them. I left them to their agitation and went looking for essential supplies – a metal mug and a new plastic spoon. After some wandering around the shopping district I found the 4711 cologne shop. Not quite what I was looking for but it smelled very nice so I bought some. Then I found a shop called “Oil and Vinegar”. Again, not what I was looking for, but unlike some uncivilised shops (the KaDeWe) they had sampling. After trying all the oils, spreads, fruit balsams, pastes, dips, and crackers, I continued. Finally I found a Globetrotter. Cooking things on 2nd floor. Headed immediately for the bag section on the 1st floor. Oooh! Lovely things! Headed to the 2nd floor. Spotted the mugs, and instead looked at the storm-proof lighters – and they had knives! Oooh, folding chainsaws. I never knew I needed another entrenching tool either. Finally I made it to the spoon section and chose a large spork. The mug was more difficult. They don’t have billies in Germany. In the end, since the closest thing was €20, I decided not to buy anything. The shop assistant told me to use an old aluminium can. I thought about it, but even a 500ml can would be too small. And how would you pick it up when hot?
Back to the walking.
Outside the cathedral they were having soe big gathering. A youth choir was singing overblown gospel songs in English. I nearly shouted “Auf Deutsch!” at them. A youth group was handing out potato and sausage soup, so I took some. It was free.
From here I went to the Roman museum. It’s fairly large. Entry is €8 for the museum and the Praetorium under the town hall.
They have a good section showing the development of tools from the stone age to the Roman era.
From here I went to the Praetorium. There’s little sign from the outside – only a small sign outside the door. It’s worth finding.