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Oct 2, 2019 - Trier, Germany

Karl Marx is Trier's most famous citizen. He was one of the great minds of his time (1818-1883). As I said under the picture of his statue, he was a philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. His critical theories about society, economics and politics-collectively understood as Marxism- hold that human societies develop through class struggle. He has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history, and his work has been both applauded and criticized. His...

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Oct 25, 2017 - Trier - On the Roman Frontier

Salve - Four years of Latin were not wasted. Trier was a Roman outpost beginning early in the fourth century. You can still visit the huge Amphitheater just outside the remaining Roman walls as well as the Imperial Baths. Both are among the best preserved and impressive Roman sites I've visited. Especially interesting were the areas beneath the arena and beneath the baths. Both are World Heritage Sites. The Romans had it pretty good here. A few hours at the baths followed by some entertainment. The amphitheatre would have been a pleasant...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Baden Baden, Germany

September 11, 2014 Reflections on a day in Baden- Baden: 3.5 hour bus trip, seeing many vineyards, wind turbines and solar panel fields along the way. Waiting in a long line for the women 's bathroom at our pit stop. Baden-Baden was founded by the Romans (of course! Wasn't every place??) Now it's the playground of the rich and famous. 150 years ago people started coming to "take the cure" at the hot mineral baths. They still do that---in fact, several of our group enjoyed the baths this afternoon --- but they also come to gamble at...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Trier...day 4

September 10, 2014 Another great European breakfast...breads, cheeses, tomatoes, cucumbers, lox, granola, yogurt, homemade jams, dried fruits, fresh fruits, juices, and coffee. 8:20 meeting with our local guide, Paula. She took on a very entertaining and fact and legend filled tour of the historic Roman and medieval core of Trier. We began at the unfinished baths of Constantine (he moved himself out of Trier and founded Constantinople...couldn't live in a town that didn't have his name). Next we learned about the Basilica...the largest...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Trier...day 3

September 9, 2014 *Breakfast Met with 4 more fellow travelers all from the Northwest. Shared travel stories. *Imperial Baths Started our sightseeing day with Constantine's 30 year project which ended in 316AD, unfinished. *Basilica Stopped by the largest intact Roman structure from which the last Emperor moved out of in 395 AD. Hard to comprehend how large it is even standing inside. To give you an idea, the 50 x 35 foot organ had 32 foot pipes. It is now the leading Protestant church in Trier. *Cathedral Another Constantine project...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Trier...day 2

Trier, Germany. September 7, 2014 Do we leave a charmed life or what? We woke up after 10 hours of sleep, had a leisurely German breakfast ( yogurt and cereal for Diane and I, meat and cheese for Roseann..and, of course, yummy bread), then headed out to wander around Old Town. The pedestrian-only street was beginning to fill up with tourists ( like us!) and we scoped out the pastry shops, restaurants and the supermarket, which was located in the basement of a department store similar to Macy's. We did the walking tour which first took us to...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Trier, Germany...arrival day

September 6th 2014 We are off on another adventure! Easy check-in once they found a computer that could find us! Pre-check makes the whole process a breeze. We still don't know how we got that designation? Denver on the other hand...well...the exit row seats we paid for had somehow disappeared. The man at the counter asked us to wait and he'd see what he could do. After an hour and a half of waiting, and stressing, and channelling positive thoughts, and praying...the AMAZING gentleman at the Lufthansa counter handed us our boarding...

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Aug 17, 2014 - Sunday, August 17

Today we had breakfast with the tour group. We walked into town and met our local guide, Paula. She told us a lot of history about the town. They celebrated their 2,000th birthday!!! We walked to the Dom (cathedral) which is on e of the oldest churches in the world. We walked inside and saw the altar which has a hole above it with a lighted golden cross. Below the cross is where the "Holy Robe" is located. The architecture of this Dom focuses on the holy spot. I was intrigued by the pipe organ. Under the pipes there are birds...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Saturday

Well, we made it. After leaving on Thursday for a flight to Chicago we arrived in Germany on Friday morning. Flying makes you tired anyway, but landing at 6 am and ready for the day to begin...wow! Bud, you would love this...we were on 3 trains to get to our final distinction of Trier, Germany. Of course, one train ride was not planned since we got on the wrong train first! I guess we just needed your train wisdom. We arrived in Trier to rain hungry and tired. Took a taxi to our hotel where we all rested. Later we walked the main...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Saturday

after lunch we went walking in the town then came back to the hotel. Both of us had a short nap before meeting our group for dinner. The group is very nice. Very mixed as to age and parts of the country. We walked into town and saw a few sights. Encore eating dinner as a group in the cellar of a restaurant. Chuck and I had a flight of wines to taste. Since we were in the Mosel valley we had to taste Riesling! No we're back at the hotel and ready for bed. Ready for a big day tomorrow!

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Jun 4, 2014 - There is always a first

Everyone woke up ... Not wanting to do the tasting. Logically, we can't take any more home. We can't buy it at home and why waste a day in a cellar. Instead, we went to Trier. It rained, we had lunch, saw churches, saw old bricks/boulders that formed a wall and came back to bernkastel. We hit the grocery store for ice..then grabbed other stuff and forgot about ice. This was not good as we had white wine to chill...and now couldn't. We had asked for an ice bucket before and got a bucket with 4 ice cubes and water. It seems to be at a...

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Nov 26, 2013 - Trier, Germany

Happy New Year! We hope that you and yours enjoyed the holidays. Len and I spent Thanksgiving and half of December in Germany with Ryen, Natalie and Nathan. We were so excited to be spending three weeks with the kids, hanging out and exploring Europe. When we arrived in Germany, snowflakes were falling and we found that our cell phone didn't work. Thanks Verizon!! Natalie and Nathan were picking us up and we had no way to connect without a cell phone, we were stressing for her and us. Long story short, we finally connected and made the hour...

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