18.05.2011 - 18.05.2011 68 °F
If any of you haven’t gone to Trier Germany I’d expect you to add it to your list of cities to visit in your lifetime! Trier is a gorgeous city with ancient ruins integrated with in the city that can be found every few blocks. After a 45 minute drive entering into the wine growing region and crossing the border from Luxembourg to Germany we arrived in Trier and I can vouch we all got more then pleased to be there with the atmosphere we were greeted. Thousands of people line the streets with street ventors of all natures and stores ranging from little boutiques to amazing restaurants’. Refueling our selves at a German pub that was all inclusive with our trip ( I got my first taste of new potatoes after nearly a year!!) we were then greeted by our tour guide that would accompany us for the next 2 hours. I personally and not one for a tour guide, it takes away from experiencing things for your self, but for this type of town with so many buildings she was a necessary. We first entered the building for emperor Augustus, as you can see this building is huge, but very ugly from the outside! It has a height of 110 feet and a width of about the same. This apparently had multiple uses, such as housing during war and storage, but was mainly the place where the emperor sat while greeting visitors, or better yet law-breakers. He sat at the end of the building and used the height of it to create intimidation this it made the man entering feel like he would never reach the emperor even though the echoes made him appear to be so much closer. The structure of this system would make you assume that this could only be in use during the summer for the winters and a fire pit could never keep this building running and people would surely freeze. The designers had thought of this and built heating under the floors, and then thing hollow bricks lining the walls for the heat to climb in and up to create a even heat through out the building. Of course you would assume smoke would be an issue but only the finest of wood such as beach wood, was used which gave off no smoke or ashes ( much easier for the workers). After this visit we ventured out side to come across this building… even though I could not hear her explaining it, it was beautiful! A bus was waiting for us around the corner for the second part of our tour, city wide view tour. The bus driver drove us up a steep windy mountain until we came across this view…. Needless to say the tour guide pointed out buildings but the view itself was enough! After a few hours with the tour guide we were released to do our own discovering with in the town, a stop for a café here and there and then we were on our way back to Luxembourg!