Tag: Germany

I have a motivation problem. Christmas is days away. Barely any shopping is done. The decorations are still in the attic. And I can’t muster the “holiday spirit” to accomplish any of that crap. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas time. Why is that? Maybe because it’s 80 degrees outside. 80 DEGREES. In December. Yes, I’m in Florida, but come on. Can we get more…

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On our first trip after moving to Germany, we visited Burg Nanstein and Gartenschau Kaiserslautern—this really cool dinosaur park right by Ramstein. It had pretty manicured gardens, a nice playground and a ton of cool dinosaurs. Look at the size of that allosaurus! Also soccer fields, mini golf and places to eat. We could have brought a picnic and stayed all day. But we didn’t…

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The first wave of “winter” has hit Florida. By winter I mean it’s 50 degrees. For the first time in 8 months, I may have to take off my flip flops and put on a pair of proper shoes. It’s overcast, drizzly, there’s a blustery wind. And I love it. It feels like Germany. Which in a lot of ways still feels more like home….

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The Cathedral in Trier is the oldest church in Germany. The history, and Cathedral itself, is impressive. It started as a Roman palace built by Constantine. In 330 the palace was leveled and replaced by a Christian church. It was the largest in Antiquity. According to the city’s web site, it was “four times as big as the present-day church and covering the area of…

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The #1 reason for visiting Trier: The Roman ruins. As the capital of the Roman province of Gallia Belgic and the Western Roman Empire, Trier experienced great prosperity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. This was when the Porta Nigra, the Roman baths (there are three) and amphitheater were constructed. Trier is the best (and only) place to see Roman ruins north of the Alps….

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Trier is Germany’s oldest city, founded in 16 BC. But archaeological evidence shows there was a settlement here 7,000 years ago (in the New Stone Age). To say Trier has a rich history is a bit of an understatement. Read more about it here. Trier is an ancient Roman capital, the birthplace of Saint Ambrose, home of Constantine and Karl Marx, and the oldest seat…

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I like to think that Rick Steves knows his stuff, but WOW. How did this not make the “Germany” guidebook? Sorry Rick, you totally missed the mark on this one. Bernkastel is far better than Beilstein, Cochem and (presumably) Zell—the villages featured in the Mosel Valley section of your book. (Granted we didn’t visit Zell. But then it didn’t exactly get a glowing write-up in…

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Reichsburg Cochem, aka Cochem Castle, sits high above the village of Cochem. We visited during our week in Mosel. The original castle at Cochem was believed to to build around the year 1000. It, along with most of the city of Cochem, was destroyed by the French in the 1600s. The castle remained in ruins until 1868 when it was purchased by the wealthy Ravené…

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