Day trip to Trier – August 12, 2013

Just imagine the conversations around the water cooler on Tuesday mornings after a 4-day weekend:

    “So what did you do over the long weekend?”
    “I took the train to Paris.”
    “I drove to Trier, the oldest city in Germany.”
    “I flew to Tuscany.”

Living in Europe certainly has its perks :). I might miss our family like crazy, but we are so blessed to have the opportunity to travel! And for now, Connor thinks traveling is pretty fun, too!

Get this. I did most of the planning for our day in Trier, and…we didn’t get lost, we didn’t argue, and we saw everything we planned to see! Sometimes I amaze myself. Connor was a perfect traveler today. (Shhh, don’t tell him that he missed an awesome playground while he napped.) His favorite sights of the day were the piggy bank in the visitor’s center and the dogs outside the cathedral. (This kid has some serious pig/dog radar. All of a sudden he will start snorting or “oof”-ing like crazy, and Charlie and I have to look around for the pig or dog.) He also enjoyed the elephant statues scattered all over the city that were each decorated in a different theme.

Mama, do you need help reading the map?
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Just a few of the MANY elephants in Trier…
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Trier was founded around 17 BC. I really can’t wrap my brain around that!! It lies along the Mosel River in western Germany, not far from the Luxembourg border.

Porta Nigra
This was one of the city gates of Roman Trier. The city was enclosed by a wall, and Porta Nigra is the only gate that survived the destruction of the rest of the city’s Roman fortifications during the Middle Ages.

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Hauptmarkt (Main Market Square)
Full of shops, cafes, bakeries, street performers…and lots of tourists, even on a Monday!

View of the Hauptmarkt from the Porta Nigra, as well as the Cathedral off to the left
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Dreikönigenhaus (House of the Three Magi)
This house was built around 1230. The city wall wasn’t complete, so the house had to defend itself. That’s why the door is on the second story! The residents used a ladder to enter the house and pulled it up after themselves. The first floor is now a cafe.

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Dom (St. Peter’s Cathedral)
The sign said “Stille Bitte,” which roughly translates as, “Connor and mama run around outside and ‘oof’ at all the dogs while daddy takes pictures inside.”

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Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
Another “Stille Bitte” play break for Connor 🙂
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Basilika
This structure was once the reception hall for the Roman Emperors who lived in Trier from 286 until the end of the 4th century.

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Kurfürstliches Palais (Electoral Palace)
We didn’t go inside the palace, but we walked through the beautiful gardens.

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Kaiserthermen (Imperial Baths)
This was meant to serve as baths for the people of Trier, but it was never completed.

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Karl Marx Haus
We didn’t go inside…just walked to it for a picture! Karl Marx was born in Trier in 1818.

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We picked up some lunch as we walked through the Hauptmarkt again to get back to our car. Our final destination was the Römerbrucke (Roman Bridge), which is the oldest bridge in Germany. We thought we would park so that we could get out to look and take pictures, but as we drove up we realized it wasn’t much to look at. But we drove across it…that counts for something!

We made it home in time to relax before heating up leftovers for dinner. Our list of desired travel destinations is loooong…I can’t wait for our next adventure!

Hochspeyer’s Kerwe
Our town held its annual Kerwe (fair) this past weekend. We tried to check it out on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t open until the evening. On Sunday we decided to watch the parade that is held every year during the Kerwe. The newspaper said it started at 2:00, so a few minutes before 2:00 we made our way towards the center of town. There were people gathered along the sidewalks, so we waited…and waited…and waited. It wasn’t until around 3:00 that the parade made it to the center of town! When we saw two guys pulling a cart behind the band and stopping to pour cups of wine (and saw the band members walking back for refills), we understood why the parade had moved so slowly :). Almost every float had someone throwing candy or handing out cups of beer or wine. Now we know what to do next year: don’t arrive on time, and elbow our way to the front for drinks and candy! Fireworks were set off on Monday night, but Charlie said they weren’t very spectacular. I was already in bed!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elfriedè Repp
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 01:54:04

    I really enjoyed toUring Trier and my legs did not even get tired. ThanKs for the nice sites with your photos. Love to all, Aunt E

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  2. Staci
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 13:43:02

    Did you know that the elephants aren’t permanent, but rather part of an art exhibit scattered around Trier and Luxembourg City? I thought it was pretty interesting, and would be cool to see.
    http://www.trier-info.de/english/trier-today-details?eventId=4702&terminId=98239

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