Monday, 5 May 2008

Aachen for the weekend

Iain Dale may choose not to take bank holiday weekends off, but we enjoyed ours with friends in Aachen, reached within four hours of the magnificent new St Pancras station by Eurostar. Aachen was once the centre of the Holy Roman Empire, and the splendid cathedral boasts many relics of Charlemagne and other significant Christian figures. It was where many German kings were crowned. We enjoyed breakfasts on the terrace of the splendid Quellenhof hotel, where we had a great value stay, and a balmy May Sunday at the excellent Carolus Thermen spa. I don't know why the city is not more popular for city breaks. Certainly it was an excellent antidote to the smugness of Dodgy Dave.

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