Monday, April 24, 2017

T - Trier, Germany

We are in the home stretch.  This is the first of seven remaining posts.

Trier lies in the Moselle wine region along the banks of the Moselle River and is the oldest city in Germany.  Founded by the Romans, it contains several well-preserved Roman structures like the Porta Nigra gate, the ruins of Roman baths, an amphitheater just outside the center and a stone bridge over the Moselle River.  Among Trier’s many Catholic churches is Trier Cathedral of St. Peter.  The UNESCO information can be read here.

Interior of Constantine I's throne room above, the largest single standing structure from the 4th Century.   

The amphitheater, above and below ground, dating to the 2nd Century.

The Porta Nigra gates, 180 A. D. look to be in pretty good shape, all things considered.  

Trier is full of UNESCO World Heritage sites.  You can see them all here.

Cathedral of St. Peter with the entrance seen below

 St. Peter's Fountain
The Hauptmarkt area with homes dating to medieval times.

House of the Three Magi, 1230

Roman Bridge over the Moselle

The palace with the Basilica behind it.  Date: 1615
Part of the Imperial Baths

There is really a lot to see in Trier and you can easily spend more than one day here.  We ended our stay with dinner up on a hill and I will leave you with this view.  The photo is not great but you can see the old ruins in the center.
What is the oldest ruin you have ever visited?

Bonus:  Hosta 'Tokudama'

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Sunday Garden in Spring

Here is my weekly update of what is happening in my garden.  Deer damage.  My regular followers know how much I hate the animals that destroy my garden.  Rats on hooves are only cute to Bambi lovers.  You may think I am cruel, but having had two friends who acquired Lyme disease from deer, I can tell you that they scare the crap out of me.  I have  already sprayed the front twice, but this is what I am seeing - chewed up plants and it is only April:
 Hostas and many daylilies with new growth eaten to the ground.
Columbine struggling to produce flower shoots
I haven't seen any rabbits yet, but a neighbor was laughing about the deer.  I find no humor in it and I guess this year I will move all of these plants to the back fenced area.
I do have my lovely bleeding heart which is not a desirable food source:
Many shrubs look like they will start blooming this week.  Meanwhile, I will continue the fight.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

S - Steen Castle, Antwerp, Belgium

I did not go to Antwerp to see the Castle, but Steen, or Stone, Castle is hard to miss even though it is much smaller than it used to be.  It dates to the 13th Century.  The building now serves as a maritime museum.

The giant in front of The Steen Castle is the Lange Wapper, a mythical demon known in many folklore tales in the Antwerp area.

And if you were wondering why I was in Antwerp, it was to see the Cathedral of Our Lady and the artwork it holds along with the Grote Markt.

One of four Rubens paintings in the cathedral, The Raising of the Cross

Churches and art are two of the things I enjoy viewing on vacations.  I do not believe one has to be religious to enjoy viewing churches and their artwork.  Castles, churches, art museums, gardens...What is your pleasure?

Bonus:  Daylily 'Siloam Amazing Grace'