|The International Year of Forests|
One makes dioramas detailing the wildlife found in the Forest. (Each of the neighboring city/towns contributed a booth. I think this one was from Duisburg, but I could be wrong.)
One displays mushrooms and trees carved out of wood.
And, of course, one has a huge display of eagles.
I was quite surprised at how close we were to the eagles, and how big and truly powerful they look. Then they betrayed themselves by letting out a series of extraordinarily high-pitched screeches, much like seventh-grade girls.
Also, there was a log-cutting competition right in front of the 9th century Rathaus (town hall), with this massive chainsaw making short work of the log in just a few seconds:
For some reason, I like thinking about Charlemagne watching over the chainsaws from his carved throne on the city hall.
The whole purpose of this post is to show you how unbelievably cool Aachen is. So, when you plan your trip to visit us, check the Aachen RSS feed to see what surprises will await you!
(By the way, there are more pictures of the birds and the Waldfest on our Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/meldrumhaus. Check it out!)