I’ve had Norway on my list of places to visit for a long time. After a successful home exchange done a few years ago, I contacted Britt and asked if she would be interested in doing something like that. As a result she and her family spent some time at our place in Paris and offered a room at her place any time. Maurice wanted to see Norway too, especially the fiords, so we decided to go but not by plane, but by car. A couple of people said, “Are you crazy? Three to four weeks in a car with your husband?” but it sounded like fun so we decided to do it. We also didn’t make any reservations as we had no way of knowing how long it would take us to get from place to place and we wanted to be a bit spontaneous as we went. So off we set going through Belgium and into Germany. The first place we stopped at was a city right across the border in Germany called Aachen (on the Aa River). I had read about the cathedral so we went there.
Notice that this statue of Mary and Jesus are dressed and wearing jewelry. Suppossedly, many prayers were answered from praying to her and gifts were given and sometimes worn I guess. I lit a candle here-couldn’t hurt.
We had coffee at a place across from the cathedral and enjoyed the unusual toilets. When you go in the doors of the stalls are clear and you wonder about privacy. Look the shape of the toilet-liked them.
There was a group of 200 or so men in front of the cathedral all in black with black top hats. We asked around and found out that they belonged to various societies of chimney sweeps. Who knew there would be enough chimney sweeps to have clubs? There must be a long history of tradition behind it.