Monday, September 21, 2009

Day Two: A Bit of Trier...


Day Two of our 10-day Germany trip found us stopping for a little bit (pun intended!) in Bitburg (license plate pictured on the left), whose major company is the Bitburger Brauerei, one of the largest beer manufacturers in the world and home of the Bit beer. A detail of the entrance to the brewery pictured below is my blue and yellow (rather gold...) entry for both







Then we drove the rental M*ini Cooper to Trier, which happens to be the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC ... which makes it the oldest city I have ever been to!.... A major landmark is the Porta Nigra (Black Gate), pictured below, which has been designated a World Heritage Site.



The Porta Nigra was built in grey sandstone between 186 and 200 AD...In Roman times, the Porta Nigra was part of a system of four city gates, one of which stood at each side of the roughly rectangular Roman city. The Porta Nigra guarded the northern entry to the Roman city, while the Porta Alba (White Gate) was built in the east, the Porta Media (Middle Gate) in the south, and the Porta Inclyta (Famous Gate) in the west, next to the Roman Bridge crossing the Moselle River. Source


Trier is also the birthplace of Karl Marx, as we learned there.

More to come, of course!

28 comments:

  1. That balck gate looks very interesting !!!!! Nice pics !

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  2. I love the brewery entrance sign best. It's beautifully shot with the blue sky :)

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  3. We just sold our mini cooper convertible. Loved it, but couldn't shop too much lol now we have a nice big truck.
    Nice pics
    Happy Blue Monday
    Love Claudie
    xo

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  4. I love walking through old buildings. Europe has so many lovely buildings that are so old and so full of history. I love the blue sky shot!
    Happy Blue Monday...
    ~Ann

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  5. Your pictures are very beautiful ! The french speaking tourists in Germany always laugh their heads off when they see "Bitte ein Bit" or even only the brandmark because in french that means the unspeakable male part also called family jewelery !

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  6. Thanks for taking us with you again...love that picture of the sign!

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  7. How very interesting! Thanks for sharing a bit of your trip with us.

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  8. LOvely sights!Wish I could visit these places someday too. :)Happy MYM!MIne is up.

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  9. I love the photo of the BLUE sky. This looks like a happy adventure. Happy Blue Monday.

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  10. When I read Bitburger Brauerei I was certain it would either be about ground beef or beer! LOL! That sign is so pretty!

    16 BC... wow that is olllllllld! I want to go somewhere that old one day. Really I just want to go to Israel... and everywhere else in the bloomin' world!!! LOL! Have I mentioned lately how I envy you??? Thanks for sharin' though! I LOVE it!

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  11. wow beautiful shot of MYM! Mine is ready!

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  12. A nice blue sky! Happy Blue Monday...

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  13. i enjoyed this post and the accompanying commentary. thanks

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  14. How exciting! Enjoyed your post.
    Cindy

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  15. Interesting - the gates are. 4 to hold each corner of the city. That must have been great to see. And what more could be perfect for sight seeing that having a clear, blue sky :-)

    Happy Blue Monday!

    Mizpah,
    Li

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  16. I was attracted to that blue gate on the top, its pretty with the sky captured as background. You seem had exciting travel, and learn historical info. thanks for sharing

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  17. What fun you must be having. I loved the information about the gate. Have a great time.

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  18. This is awesome old building. For sure this is historical place for everybody who pass by. Nice entry. Check out my entry too.

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  19. very exciting looks historical how cool it would be to visit somewhere like that

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  20. Beautiful pictures. The sky was so blue in your first photo. What an interesting trip you had. The oldest city must have been wonderful to visit.

    Iris

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  21. I've hoisted a few Bitburger's in my day! Not a bad beer. I can appreciate the sign!

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  22. wow thats a beautiful structure. Loving all the pics. Hope u had a wonderful Monday :)

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  23. What an interesting place.. and lovely photos!

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  24. Fascinating post and great shots as always. I also loved the building in your ruby Tuesday post!

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  25. Love the beer sign pic and your puns... Too funny but looks like a great experience!

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  26. Thanks for sharing
    -- we passed Trier on our way down to Claudie - but did not have time to stop. No you have given us some insight.

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