Give them any excuse, the people in Köln (Cologne) love to party at any time. It’s a wonder but no surprise this is where I find some of the happiest people in the country. As the calendar flips to a new year, the time heralds the annual shenanigans of the Kölner Karneval. For residents and visitors, two of the best-known landmarks in the city are the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and the Hohenzollernbrücke (Hohenzollern Bridge).
I visited my good friend, Ömer, in Köln on this very same day, exactly one year ago in June. As I waited for him to arrive, I stood in the plaza outside the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). I looked up, and saw that the sun was beginning to poke through the patchy cumulus cloud layer, which had cast a cool grey pall over the city by the Rhein. In minutes, the skies appeared to clear just enough above the Cathedral.
Heckuva way to mark the longest day of the year!
I made the photo on northern summer solstice, 21 June 2010. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com).