Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Trier, Germany

I will try not to give too detailed a description of my trip to Germany.  I'll stick to the highlights.

The first city on our itinerary was the oldest city in Germany.  It is over 2,000 years old and contains architecture that dates back to when it was part of the Roman Empire. We stayed at the pentahotel Trier.  The avacado color scheme in the bathroom was right out of the 1970s.

After traveling for two days, food was high on our priority list. We found a restaurant with outside seating in the town's main square. Aimee and I shared schnitzel and pommes frites.  I love schnitzel and have been waiting five years to eat good schnitzel again.

Ancient Roman baths.  We stumbled upon this by accident. All that's left of this structure is the underground heating ducts.

Amphitheater. It was built in 200 A.D. and seated at least 16,000 spectators. 

Dom (Cathedral).  Very beautiful. The oldest church in Germany. This first picture is a view of its inner courtyard.  Notice the kids all over the place? It was "Kindergarten Day" in Trier and thousands of little kids from all over Germany were touring the city. 

Porta Nigra (Black Gate in Latin): Built between 186 and 200 A.D. There were originally four gates that guarded the entrances to the city, but this is the only one that still exists.  

Break time for us.  Jet lag is a terrible thing.

Our last dinner in Trier before we moved on to our next city.  This meal took us about three hours. Waiters don't bring the check until you ask for it as they expect you to sit around and relax. We decided to branch out from our usual beer to have a glass of German Riesling. 

I had schweinerukensteak mit spatzle. (Pork back cutlet with spatzle noodles.)

On the train headed to Munich. I loved when we could get a compartment for just the four of us instead of sitting in the general seating area. Much more relaxing.