Cross out that old cliche about sauerkraut and sausages washed down with steins of foaming beer.The German kitchen is full of finesse and invention, and Restaurant Ratskeller, under the historic town hall on the main square, is an excellent ambassador.The prize commemorates Charlemagne, founder of the Holy Roman Empire, who ruled from Aachen in about 800 AD and is buried in the cathedral.The award ceremony is held in the 14th Century town hall on the market square.
The centrepiece, the palace chapel, is a soaring octagonal church, designed in the Byzantine style, but on a sumptuous scale.Twelve years later, in memory of her sister, Edith will give her first child Margot the middle name Betti. A Jewish wedding is planned, more than a month later in the Aachen synagogue, at the request of the Holländer family.Not much is known about the years following Edith’s graduation from high school or how she and Otto Frank first meet.(Other interesting fountains are dotted around the city centre.)By the 1800s, the royalty of Europe were flocking to the Spa of Kings to take the cure.Try the waters yourself in the Carolus Thermen spa, where they serve Printen biscuits made in the ovens that heat the sauna.
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Aachen/Aix-la-Chapelle was, rightly, one of the first batch of World Heritage Sites recognised by Unesco. There is a real feeling of community." As if to illustrate the point, he waves at a woman on the other side of the square, who waves back, then wanders across with her dog, Otto, to whom I am introduced as if I were the Duke of Edinburgh.The cobbles underfoot ring true as a bell and, as you emerge from a narrow alley, to see the Dom looming above you like a giant, you get a real sense of the excitement that Charlemagne and his heirs must have experienced.Genial chef Maurice de Boer sat me down, gave me a copy of his book and described the four-course special he had planned, with a glass or two of outstanding Rhine wine. I can still taste the roasted pineapple with black pepper sauce, with coconut ice cream and passion fruit. It’s a memorable venue for that special celebratory meal, when you might have thought of heading to France for the occasion.The annual Medal for Combating Deadly Seriousness is granted to politicians, diplomats and lawyers across Europe for showing a sense of humour.
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A more serious award is the Charlemagne Prize, for politicians who advance European unity.During the hiding period, Edith is often depressed.Miep describes a confidential conversation with Edith Frank: “What she needed to talk about, which she couldn’t talk about in front of the others, was that she was suffering under a great weight of despair.One day, though, I’ll take a slower approach, to the imaginary rhythm of horses’ hooves in Browning’s 1838 poem How They Brought The Good News From Ghent To Aix (which refers to Aix La Chapelle, the old French name for Aachen).They love giving prizes in Aachen, and one award shows their light side.