So after 3 almost full days of painting, and learning, I had a free day before I headed back home! So with the advisement of most of the workshop attendees, I set out via train to Aachen to see some of its sights!
Aside from the rain, and being a bit cold, it was pretty easy to get around. I think I only got lost 2 or 3 times overall!
First place that I headed for was the Aachen Cathedral which was quite interesting. The stain glass windows, and architecture within it was something to behold.
What I also thought was interesting was the stature outside in the yard behind the fence.. not sure of the significance of it, but he had a really cool cloak on!
The second site was the Town Hall. Where they present an award for the best ideas to promote or improve the European Union ( or something to that effect ). I had listened to the audio-file disc set, and heard all the history, but well.. I was hungry :) Suffice it to say, people like the Pope, Clinton and Churchill are all recipients of the award.
Quite impressive looking from the outside.. and inside there were quite a few interesting pictures and statues!
A few of my favorites inside were the ones containing the Cherubs.. it seems they were a little bit mischievousness and in some case deadly!
Once I finished the tour of the Town Hall, I had a nice little lunch and beer at a Mexican place ( Mexican food with German beer ).
I had also found a hobby shop, however it was more focused on RCs, Trains, and such. Pity, as it would have been nice to find some plinths/sockets etc or some more brushes to take back with me, but alas that was not to be. Even on the way back, another thought popped up to check out the local GW store! However that also was a bust due to they being closed on Mondays?
Oh well, am back in the Hotel in Eschweiler! Where although the owner knows no English, and I know no German we have found out that we can still communicate.. with Turkish!!!! I have to say that I am surprised that I am using it outside of Turkey, and that it turned out to be a huge help as well! I guess all those hours in class, and the years in Turkey have paid off to help me in some way ;)
There are more photos in the album of my day out that can be found here in it's album. And this will be my last chance to go around Germany for this trip as I head back tomorrow. It was a lot of fun, and now I hope to return one day to learn more from other artists in Germany.
Watch his space for more concerning the workshop, and a review on the model holder!