It’s Friday and I don’t know about you but my week has been quite hectic and I didn’t have much time to work on the blog. Since I didn’t want to leave you just like that before the weekend I thought I’d share with you a glimpse at a European treasure. Today I spent my day, to be exact a couple of hours, in Aachen, Germany to run some errands. It is only an hour and a half away from Brussels and it allows me to get some German products every once in a while. Aachen is a small town close to the French and Dutch border and it hosts the oldest North European Cathedral whose construction was started by Charles the Great. For almost six hundred years the cathedral served as the church of coronation for 30 German kings and 12 queens.
Whenever I am in Aachen I try to go there for a quick look around. Not only is the cathedral stunning and on the UNESCO World Heritage site list, but I usually go there for two reasons: the first one is that it reminds of the city of Ravenna in Italy which is the home to beautiful early byzantine mosaics and after which the church in Aachen was modeled. I visited Ravenna as a small child with my parents and the gold and colorful mosaics left a strong impression on me. The second reason is more of a family thing. Whenever we left on vacations with our parents as children, my mother always had all the Michelin “Guide Vert” guides handy in the car. Whenever we’d come across the tiniest village, she’d insist to get out to see the Roman portico of such and such church and insisted on reading us the page long history of the town, which wasn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world for the kids we were. However her time wasn’t lost since she managed to pass the bug along.
Here are two pictures of the Aachener Dom, one is a general view and the second is an interior view of the cupola and its mosaics. If you are interested in it’s history check out Wikipedia‘s page which is, as usual, a great resource (kind of an online Guide Vert).
We are heading off to Antwerpen tomorrow to see friends. What are your plans? Have a lovely weekend!