[Brussels—Tuesday, 16 August 1859]

Tuesday August 16th To Aix. Left Brussels at 11 A.M. for Aix La Chapelle. Dined at Bromel’s that night. Fine hotel. Magnificent dinner &c. A pretty court-yard also full of flowers. Left at 6 o’clk in the train the next morning for Cologne not however without walking through the interesting old place, visiting the marvellous Cathedral, the oldest building I have yet seen in use, having been built by Otto III in the 10th century. It was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th and the ashes of Carlo Magno lie buried here. We saw the chair in which Charlemagne was crowned and many other wonders.

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