Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Travel Review 2: Trier & Worms, Germany

Here is Part II of my travel reviews of the places we visited with my parents while they were here! I sometimes forget how incredibly wonderful {& not normal!}it is to be able to travel like we can.  This happens because it has become so common for us, for our friends here, & for all those in our community!  When we ask friends what they're going to do for the weekend, you often hear things like, "Oh, we're going to head up to Paris!", or "I think we're going to take the train to Amsterdam!"  What a blessing!

So, in order to make you all feel like you've done a bit of traveling too, I want to share with you a bit more about where we've recently been.  Today: Trier & Worms, Germany.  Both of these places were fairly close to where we stayed when visiting the Mosel River Valley in early April.  Trier turned into a quick afternoon trip while Worms was a stop during our drive back home.

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Trier, Germany

This wonderful city claims to be the oldest in Germany, having been founded around 16 BC.  The city itself is now quite modern, but amongst the new buildings you can see some huge Roman ruins!  We parked in the Alt Stadt {the Old Town} & began to explore.  First, we went to the Porta Nigra & got our tickets for walking around inside.  What a huge & incredible structure!  It was so interesting to me that it was right in the middle of the Old Town's busiest area, with cars zooming by just feet from the entrance.  What a feeling to be in something so very old while the latest in modern technology was right outside the window.

Don took this picture.  Isn't it wonderful?!  What an eye he's got :)
Trier also has many beautiful Churches & ruins in other parts of the city that we didn't get to visit.  We couldn't take all day to explore here because we had an afternoon wine tasting scheduled back at S.A. PrĂ¼m!  There is a Roman bath house, amphitheater, bridge, etc. along with a Jewish cemetery, & many monasteries too!  I think it would be very easy to spend a few days here!  And on another note, Karl Marx was born here in Trier.

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Worms, Germany

We made a quick stop here in Worms after reading that it is where Martin Luther appeared before the Diet in 1521.  The Diet of Worms was "...a general assembly of the Imperial States of the Holy Roman Empire..."  Martin Luther & the Protestant Reformation were under scrutiny here from 28 January to 25 May 1521, & this hearing was referred to as the Edict of Worms.  In the end, "the Edict declared Luther to be an obstinate heretic and banned the reading or possession of his writings."

We visited the Cathedral of Worms, which dates back to 1110.  It was of a very different style than many of the other Cathedrals we have visited since it is much much older & in the Romanesque style.  Unlike, for instance, the Cathedral in Prague which was covered in ornate carvings & golden decorations, the Cathedral of Worms had a very solid, heavy & serious feel about it, without much in the way of ornamentation.  The building was huge, too!  About 16 stories tall!  It was hard to get a great picture that really showed the scale!

And so, now you know a little bit more about some of the places we have visited recently!  And so far in my quick Travel Reviews, I haven't even mentioned any places outside of Germany!  It really would take a lifetime of dedicated traveling to see the world, wouldn't it?  Or even just to see Europe!

Of all the places in the world that you have never visited, where would you most like to go?!  For me...right now, I would say somewhere tropical such as the Seychelles, Mauritius, or the Maldives!  But, we will be in Croatia in Ten Days!!!  I cannot wait for our relaxing tropical vacation, just the two of us!

Happy Travel Dreaming!
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