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Willkommen from Deutschland! After a long series of flights, basic required tasks and getting my bearings I finally found myself on a train hugging the Rhine river heading north to Dusseldorf. While I am basically heading the opposite direction of the rest of my destinations I wanted to see my friends Tory & Carlos and meet their two children. You may remember Tory from this blog before, as I met her in Vietnam as she was traveling around the world. I also saw her again ...
... for visiting Aachen (known in French as Aix-la-Chapelle) is to see the famous cathedral where the Emperor Charlemagne was crowned on Christmas Day 800 AD, and where he was buried (with his bones exhumed and placed in a gold sarcophagus in the 13th century), after he had been canonised (made a saint). It was a 20 minute plus walk from the station and so to save time, we caught a bus into the middle of the old ...
... over 600 years before the Cathedral was finally completed, and a magnificent building it is indeed. In contrast to its gothic origins is a large stained glass window composed of hundreds of coloured squares.
Along Buttermarkt for dinner where Paul tried one of Cologne's specialties, Himmel un Ad. This loosely translates to black sausage and onions ...
... Belgium chip place.
We then walked around town again, checking out the different market and festival stalls.
It looked like it was starting to rain, so we headed back to the hostel.
We packed up and then hung out until dinner. Maggie wanted nachos for dinner again so we got it and made nachos. We hung out and then went to bed.
... course, so we arrived early and settled in to the Jugendherberge (youth hostel), then walked to the Landtag Government building and had a tour around the main conference room, where many important government talks and discussions take place. In the evening we went for food in the Altstadt (old part of town) and then went for drinks. That morning had been the beginning of Karneval (carnival), so there were many very merry, dressed-up people in the ...