“Come down off your throne, and leave your body alone…”

For more than a year now, I’ve written about Charlemagne, talked about Charlemagne, answered questions about Charlemagne, joked about Charlemagne, fielded emails about Charlemagne, translated poems about Charlemagne, and have otherwise come to see the old boy as a sort of ghostly roommate who makes dubious excuses (“dude, I totally left my wallet in my other rodent-fur cloak”) whenever he’s asked to contribute to the rent.

The thing is, there was one Charlemagne-related thing I hadn’t done—specifically, a Charlemagne-related place I hadn’t visited—and I got a little tired of people expressing surprise about that. So, on a whim and sort of at the last minute: greetings from Aachen.

A few lessons for those similarly inclined: Maastrict-Aachen Airport does not, in fact, service the city of Aachen. However, the airport does give you a wonderful opportunity to discover the Dutch language skills you didn’t know you had while you enjoy a crash course on the bus system of provincial Limburg. In the rain. Next to lots of billboards advertising a museum retrospective about Smurfs.

But you know what? As Chaucer’s Friar Hubert famously declared: It beats being in the office.

3 thoughts on ““Come down off your throne, and leave your body alone…”

  1. Jeff,

    When you said you were going to an exotic locale, in the middle of winter, I assumed you would be going someplace warm. From the overcast skies, it does not appear to have fit that bill at all.

    Aachen. How cool.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip, see lots of great sights, and take a truckload of pictures.

    I look forward to hearing more about this trip of yours. I also hope that while you are there that you get a chance to sign a few autographed books for the local gift shops.

    Bonne journée!



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