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....via Luxemburg

semi-overcast 20 °C

Continuing west we drove through the tiny Duchy of Luxemburg, overall, it looks far more industrial than Northern France and is relatively hilly. It was quite common when crossing via ducts to look down into the valley and see very attractive towns and villages. We crossed back into Germany to visit the oldest German city just across the border.

We managed to dust off the bikes and ride into Trier from our camp site along the Mosel river and across the Roman bridge.
Trier was founded in 16 BC by Emperor Augustus and became one of the four capitals of the Roman Empire, ruling over most of Gaul. As a result, it also has extensive Roman ruins (although not as well preserved as others we have seen) and a substantial medieval sector. Our attention was caught in our searching by a quote which referred to Trier as ‘an undiscovered gem’ of the ancient world and thought that sounded interesting, but we are here to dispel that suggestion, everywhere we went there were tour groups, buses, and large groups of both primary and secondary aged students on excursions.
The most significant relic is the Porta Nigra, the remaining city gate built to defend Trier to the north. It wasn’t called Porta Nigra (Black gate) until the Middle Ages when weather and other influences had stained the sandstone a dark black. It is truly massive and inside the structure is substantial, the views are also quite good. During the Middle Ages it became a church after St Simeon had lived and died there as a hermit and it is reported that Napoleon had wanted to destroy it in the early 1800’s but was tricked by the locals into believing that it had some links with Gaulish traditions, so he left it alone. 20230920_101648.jpgIMG_3877.JPG
Trier is also the birthplace of Karl Marx, I read in the museum that Marx’s grandfather was the last Rabbi in Trier. They have established a museum in the house he was born in, the house did not play a significant part in his life although he did live in Trier until he left to study, but the museum focuses more on his life, the ideas he worked on and the other philosophers and thinkers he associated with. His parents had wanted him to take up law, maybe the 20th century would have been a lot calmer if they had been more insistent.20230921_103703.jpgIMG_3932.JPGIMG_3933.JPGb4c2c060-5a36-11ee-a954-951b2cf9fd52.jpg
Continuing the challenges in the van, our hot water system has now packed it in so we are conceding defeat and heading back to Goes and handing the van back. We will just meander up through Belgium on our way back.

Posted by Seniorcitizens 17:12 Archived in Germany

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