Blogs from Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Europe


Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen May 14th 2015

This morning I left Bastogne and drove north. The roads were nearly empty because of the holiday today. It is Ascension Day and most businesses are closed. I drove to Verviers in northern Belgium. I wanted to look around the little town because my father was stationed here for five days in April 1945. He wrote letters from here and had a drawing of his profile done. He mentioned the cobblestone streets and how hard they were on his feet when the troops went for hikes. I took some pictures around town, including one in front of the town hall (see picture). I don't know where exactly Dad was, but I like to think he and I saw some of the same sights. Next I drove across the border to the city of Aachen in Germany, ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen December 22nd 2014

Chisco, Lordes and Luna gave me a ride to the Esch train station this morning, so I made my way back to Luxembourg City in good time and waited for my train to Aachen. I actually had two stops - Liege and Welkenraedt. The ride to Liege was more than two hours and pretty relaxing. Not the nicest of trains, but empty and had a couple of super hot young conductors! I arrived in Liege and was happy to see the things I'd read about its train station had not been exaggerated: it was mind-blowing! Absolutely incredible! Pictures do not do it justice and I bet in non-winter months, it is even more amazing. Unfortunately, my next train was 11 minutes late and I really worried I would miss my connection to Aachen. But it was ... read more
Liege Train station - wow!
Aachen Christmas Market
Aachen Dom

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen September 30th 2014

We had always wanted to go to Aachen. It is one of those magical places with a history that stretches back into antiquity. It begins with Charlemagne. Sounds like a hint to start some horrible history here. But before that we had found another stellplatz handy for our visit to Aachen. So we headed off and found it. But the reality didnt actually manage the blurb we had read. We found ourselves on a bit of waste ground full of cars and old caravans. Not quite what we expected . There were supposed to be showers and electric. But nothing like this on this car park. Whilst Glenn parked up I took off to check out the next road which was blocked off by road works. After a bit of a walk I found what I ... read more
The Rathaus
Margaret of Yorks Crown
Cross of Lothar

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen September 25th 2014

Aachen the most western city in Germany We visited Aachen, the most western city of Germany which was about 57 kms west of Koln. It is a very historic town with a market place, beautiful Dom Cathedral, Town Hall and many brass fountains. They had just had a big September celebration the night before we arrived so there was a lot of dissembling of stands and scaffolding. We wandered around its streets admiring some of the many brass statues that were interlinked with fountains. Many of the statues had mobile joints. We went into the Dom Cathedral which had a gold tabernacle in it. We had our obligatory coffee in the gardens of the Elisenbrunnen which originated for the time when emperors and kings were cured in Aachen. Scientist found remains of monumental antique thermal baths ... read more
Aachen western Germany - Brass fountains (4)
Aachen western Germany - Brass fountains (11)
Three countries border - Pam straddling the Netherlands and Belgium border

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen June 21st 2014

Last day in Aachen, I still do not know how I feel about dorm rooms in hostels, but they are what they are. Aachen I found a few new things about, the trainstation here was considered the "last stop of people escaping nazism", which I thought was cool. I also found out that the Gestapo headquaters here was hosted in the theater district, not far from the trainstation. The game today was upsetting, it was a tie but still better than a loss. We went to the "public viewing" but it was sadly full...a hour before the game! We ended up watching the game in a bier garden that was really nice near the Karl der Große Rathaus. I am excited to see Hamburg tomorrow, I have heard a lot a bout the fish market there. ... read more
currywurst, french fries (pommes), and salad
cool bread, named world champion bread haha
freedom 3

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen June 20th 2014

So today I further explored the city thanks to a suggestion by the workers at the hostel. It is funny, I find today I keep thinking about my father, not just because of the cemetary, but also because at a German restaurant (where the picture of my dinner is from) they played the song "Sherry baby" on the radio. I found out Aachen is the ruling place of Charlemege and seeing his "Rathaus" was really cool, I was dissapointed to find out that you cannot take pictures inside, but the building alone is an archetectural beauty. On these old buildings the fence off statues that are inset and also put small metal spikes up wherever a bird (aka pigeon) could put a nest up. The city has more than I thought to offer, the hostel here ... read more
my room in aachen
my room in aachen 2 #409

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen June 19th 2014

I stopped by the Gestapo Museum in Köln today and it was really fascinating, the holding cells were covered in writings still from the immates, some really fascinating and one mom will really like. Today was "Corpis Christi" (sorry Catholics if I slaughtered that spelling) so things were a little closed down and slow. Getting to Aachen was super easy, only 16 € and made me realize how nice one of these trains would be from Cle - Col - Cin, such a road clearer. I still find it hysterical how Germans lay on the horn immediatly if someone in front of them does not go right away. I learned the hard way about foreign food in Germany, even if owned by authentic people, so far Turkish is the only one that makes the okay list ... read more
In front of fountain
old city walls
fountain cont.

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen June 15th 2014

Az idei utjaim tervezesekor jol jott, hogy a British Airways-nel sikerult eleg sok merfoldet (vagy ahogy egy ideje hivjak, Avio-t) osszegyujtenem, es bar mar egy ideje probaltam oket hasznalni, altalaban nem tudtam, mert olyan utvonalon nem volt elerheto, ahova eppen menni akartam. Iden viszont szerencses voltam, es igy a legutobbi utamon Dusseldorfba repultem 35 fontert oda-vissza :) Miert pont Dusseldorf? Egyreszt mert 4 eve volt egy nagyon jo 80-as buli Kolnben, mikor ott jartam, gondoltam, visszaterek oda, masreszt meg ugy hallottam, van latnivalo Dusseldorfban is, meg Aachent is meg szerettem volna nezni meg Kolnben is meg par dolgot. Majus utolso penteken el is repultem Dusseldorfba, elotte a Heathrow repteren a szokasos csirkes cezar salatat elveztem :) Az ut eleg rovid volt, nagyjabol 55 perc. A repter nem tul nagy, a csomag is eleg gyorsan meglett, szerencsesen. ... read more
A kolni domban
Szines uvegablak az aacheni Suermondt-Ludwig Muzeumban
Az aacheni szekesegyhazban

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen April 29th 2013

Kristin generously gave me the login and password to her travel blog so that I could practice my hand at blogging without having to create my own profile. What a good sister. :) Let me begin by saying that I thought I would write a couple of blogs about where I was and what I was doing and have pictures to both illustrate and make you all jealous...but like a dumb dumb I can't seem to figure out Carly's MacBook Pro. Apparently when trying to import photos you have to add them to a drop box. Unfortunately I am one of those people who takes a million photos, so of course there is not enough space to import the photos to Carly's computer :( This of course means that you will just have to picture in ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen January 12th 2013

Well well well. First day of school. It turns out I have classes tuesdays and fridays, with an online class on wednesday. The campus I am taking classes at is the science and medicine complex, which looks a little more industrial than the law campus, which is in the city center inside old beautiful buildings, in between cobble stone alley ways and coffee shops. By bike, it is about 20 minutes to the medical complex, but of course, the bike I was left to use had a flat tire, and I didn't realize this until an hour before my first class. At least I had an hour, or so I thought. I live on the west wide of the river, near the market square. To get to UM (maastricht university), I have to go through the ... read more
My new apartment
View from the bridge
Bike parkade?

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