Gingerbread city

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Printen art
We had a wonderful day exploring the Aachen Christmas Markets. To Lydia's joy, Aachen is Gingerbread City, with "Printen" (a biscuit like gingerbread originally imported from Dinant, but made sweeter and softer with recipes kept secret by every Aachen bakery) being sold everywhere and giant Gingerbread Men welcoming guests at the market gates. We sampled many different types of printen all day, bringing back a selection of our favourites, including the very last Reindeer Printen which Lydia declared to be the best example of gingerbread art she has ever seen.

Apart from the markets, we also explored the Aachen Town Hall. The town hall was built on the ruins of Charlemagne's palace in 1350. At the time it was called one of the "greatest and boldest achievements in secular architecture" and became a model for Flemish town halls in Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent.
Gourmet meats
The art inside was quite interesting, my favourite was a painting of John Montagu (1718-1792), third Earl of Sandwich, who was in Aachen as an envoy to the end of the Austrian War of Succession in 1748 but is better known for inventing the sandwich.

Facing the Town Hall is the Aachen Cathedral, the oldest in northern Europe having been started by Charlemagne in 792. The history of the Cathedral is so important that it was one of the original 12 places to be listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites, and one of only three in Europe (the other two were Krakow and the Wieliczka salt mines).

Finally, we visited the Couven Museum, a display of furniture and decor from the 18th and 19th century, including several rooms of very badly drawn Dutch tiles. To top everything off, the trains between Aachen and Brussels have just been upgraded from express to super-express, so it was only one hour from door to door.
monky says:
Mmmm I am a big fan of cookies,cakes etc... wow this is a fine art of making cookies very interesting indeed.
Posted on: Dec 14, 2009
lamadude says:
OK, that was a picture from 3 years ago, so I guess he hasn't really moved that much :-)
Posted on: Dec 14, 2009
Adrian_Liston says:
Ah, the horse appears to have moved, now rather than standing near the town hall he is serving drinks in a beer tent near the cathedral.
Posted on: Dec 14, 2009
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Printen art
Printen art
Gourmet meats
Gourmet meats
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Christmas shopping
Christmas shopping
Couven Museum
Couven Museum
Aachen cathedral
Aachen cathedral
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Aachen cathedral
Aachen cathedral
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Charlemange
Charlemange
Printen markets
Printen markets
Aachen Town Hall
Aachen Town Hall
Christmas shopping
Christmas shopping
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Aachen statues
Aachen Town Hall
Aachen Town Hall
Aachen cathedral
Aachen cathedral
Aachen cathedral
Aachen cathedral
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