Bernkastel, Trier and Luxembourg were the last three places we stopped before heading into Paris. In many ways they were the same as the other towns we’d visited: a long history, relics of medieval architecture, and winding streets. In other ways they were quite different.
The earliest evidence of human habitation in Bernkastel dates from about 3000 BC, according to archaeologists in Kues, but it is not mentioned in literature until the first half of
|Clockwise from top: Bathtub Restaurant, Faces fountain,|
Winery gate, Tilted house
Our visit to Bernkastel was mainly to see a winery and visit the largest tasting room in the area. We
|Vino Thek wine celler|
|Top L to R: Gargoyle, churches|
Bottom L to R: Garden, Sphinx
After our brief visit to Bernkastel, we followed the river on down to Trier (Treves in French). This city claims to be the oldest in Germany, and it may well be since there are pottery remnants from the early Neolithic period. It has been trod under the conquers’ feet many times in its long history, beginning with the Romans under Julius Caesar in 58 to 50 BC, followed by Germanic tribes, the French, 200 years of Prussian led fighting with the French and finally the reunification of Germany; in more current times it was on the front lines of World War II, enduring daily bombings. It has seen witch trials from 1581 until 1593, involving nobility along with commoners, and leading to mass executions of hundreds of people. With all this upheaval you wouldn’t expect many artifacts from those early days when the Romans were in the city, and there isn’t a great deal. However, there is still a magnificent town gate, a lovely castle and gardens (dating from the Renaissance) and some stately churches. I particularly
|Top L to R: Moorish windows, Porta Nigra|
Bottom L to R: White asparagus, Fountain
|L to R: Flower market, Castle, Gold monument|
|Top: Map of European Forces|
Bottom: Markers of victims of the Battle of the Bulge
For information on What we did, Where we stayed and What we ate, go to ‘Review of the Viking Cruise from Prague to Paris’.
|Egyptian goose and goslings, swan|
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