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Oct 22, 2017 - Kissing Frogs - Aachen & Koln

Remember the old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a Prince? The same is true of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples of all sorts. Some you walk in, walk around, leave. Some you linger. Some you embrace. Koln's Dom is a famous World Heritage Site. You can tell by the throngs of tourists clogging its interior. It is huge. It is splendid. The stained glass is excellent. The relics of the Magi lend it a particular aura. I am impressed. It is still a frog. Aachen's Dom, however, is one of a select few It may not be at...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Aachen

Where has the week gone? So much has been packed into my trip so far. Each day has been a feast of experiences and sights. I'll back up to Monday, visiting Aachen and Maastricht with Rob and Tina. Aachen is a gem of a town and I highly recommend it to anyone who is wondering where to go next in their travels. Formerly known as Aix la Chapell, Aachen is the sight of the coronation of Karl der Grosse, aka Charleroi or - more familiarly to me - Charlemagne. For his coronation he commissioned a chapel to be built, which from the outside looks...

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May 1, 2014 - Aachen, Nordrheing Westfalen, Germany

Spending one night and day here before moving on. A bit of info on the City below: Aachen Cathedral, frequently referred to as the "Imperial Cathedral", is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany. The church is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe and was known as the "Royal Church of St. Mary at Aachen" during the Middle Ages. For 595 years, from 936 to 1531, the Aachen chapel was the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens. The church is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Aachen. Aachen is a spa town in North...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Competing the German circle

Our tour of southern Germany has now been completed. We are now heading back to the UK for five or six weeks for the required annual vehicle tests (MOTs),dental and other appointments and of course a round of seeing family and friends so the journal may be a bit quiet. Hopefully by mid October we will start heading south to Portugal and Spain for the winter.

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Aug 24, 2013 - Goteburg to Copenhagen to Aachen

What can I say about a day where we spent close to 17 hours either on a train or in a train station! Lots of Kms covered and we are close to our destination. We hope to meet Colin, Rob and Betsy in Maubeuge tomorrow and we are only a few hours away, once we figure out the best route.

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May 22, 2013 - Aachen- Stunning cathedral

The German city of Aachen sits on the border of Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. The city was founded around thermal springs being a place of settlement long before the Romans came. After the fall of the Roman Empire the city was ruled by the Franks (the northern kings who ruled most of western and central Europe). The one king who had the most major impact on Aachen and reflected in the history of Aachen today was Charles the Great or Charlemagne, King of the Franks from 768 AD. He was also called the “Father of Europe” uniting most of...

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May 21, 2013 - Heading to Aachen

After a few quiet days we got a reasonably early start travelling from Schloss Moyland to the city of Aachen. We had a good journey and arrived early enough at the Platz fur Camping Aachen to pick one of their large pitches specifically for larger motorhomes. Each pitch had 16 Amp electricity, water and grey water drain. They also had a very accessible black waste disposal point. The charge for the night was 15 Euros for everything. We set up and then took Daisy for a walk in the nearby park.

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May 20, 2012 - Aachen

Modern technology is brilliant! Automatic ticket machines with multi-language options and credit card payment meant that I easily obtained my ticket from Düsseldorf Airport to Aachen. Unfortunately they also allow companies to dispense with human staff, so when the trains are all running late and changing platforms it became a nightmare to to know if I was getting on the right train and whether my ticket was valid for the train I got on. In the end I guess this was my own paranoia as I did get on the right train and there was no problem...

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May 1, 2012 - The Cathedral of Aachen

After serious calculations, we decided to go to Aachen as a travel day. The cathedral dates from about 800 CE and contains relics of Charlemagne. The original cathedral was built in an octogon shape and is surrounded by later additions. We joined a tour group with a German speaking guide, and I was amazed at how much I understood, was pleased with how well Chris understood the language, and was thankful for my German-born and speaking son-in-law Chuck who provided a semi-simultaneous translation. The cathedral was beautiful with many mosiac...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Aachen

Today we spent to mid afternoon exporing more of Amsterdam, starting with a canal curies around the many canals of Amsterdam, something I did not really associate the city with. We then went to a Diamond cutting factory of course they tried to sell, but my hands and credit card stayed flrmly in my pocket. We then had a few hours to explore the town, Jane and I hire a horse and cart to take us to see a lot of the city that cannot be explored by car etc, poor horse. We tried the local hot chips which Amsterdam is famous for apparently, word...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Days 5 + 6: Aachen

I tried to call my host Janine when I got to Aachen, but couldn't get the number to work (I later found out it was a dial 00 before the number thing). So again I proved my complete lack of ability to navigate through artificial surroundings by walking the wrong direction, finding a map, turning around, then getting lost on the other side of town. Eventually I found the place, but by eventually I mean almost 4 hours later. Janine was just the nicest lady ever and she had the nicest place I've been to yet. She was so generous, you would never...

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