Sunday, September 5, 2010

Trier and Bernkastel-Kues Winefest

This past weekend was a 4-day weekend for us, so we took advantage of it before Craig has to start shift work. (Booo to 6pm to 8am shifts.) We decided to take two short trips yesterday to Trier and the Bernkastel-Kues Winefest. Trier has the largest concentration of Roman ruins north of the Apls, and is also the city where Karl Marx grew up. We took a walking tour of the city, and the guide pointed out the small house where Marx lived. We had a "sign of the Apocalypse" moment as well:

Craig's Friend: This would be great if I knew who Karl Marx was.
Craig: You don't know who Karl Marx is? Ya know, Karl Marx, one of the Marx Brothers, ha, ha.

Ok, so apparently the Marx Brothers reference doesn't work well with our generation. Craig and I are officially huge nerds. I gotta say though, he did have to remind me who Constantine and St. Helen was. The following picture is the inside of Constantine Basilica. After living in Trier for some time, he went on to present day Turkey to form the city... wait for it... Constantinople. Istanbul is Constantinople..... Good thing for catchy weird songs to teach us history.

Constantine Basilica is now a fully functioning Lutheran Church, serving 10,000 Lutherans in the city of Trier. In fact, there was a service going on when we first arrived. It's not full of the bells and whistles of most churches, which I think makes it just as beautiful.

Next stop was the Middle Mosel Winefest in Bernkastel-Kues. The Mosel River region boasts quite a few vineyards, and as luck would have it, we arrived in Germany just in time for wine festival season. After parking, we took a little cruise down the river to get to the festival. We were able to buy wine by the bottle and enjoy it while walking around the festival, eating food, listening to local bands, and sitting by the river. At night, there was a fireworks show.

The fireworks were set off from the Landstut Castle. It was perched up on the hill high above the town. It looked like quite a hike to get up there! It would be interesting to come back sometime and learn the history of the castle.

Here's the castle lit up at night.

1 comment:

  1. Germany looks pretty awesome! I'm looking forward to reading more so I can live vicariously through you :P