We spent Saturday afternoon in Trier, a 2,000 year old city along the Moselle River. Being only 45 minutes North of us, it made for an easy day trip, and I felt that was plenty of time to see the things we wanted to see. We did miss out on the Roman baths thanks to a certain petulant preschooler, but there will be other trips.
Despite a few shenanigans, Trier was a great place to take the kids, I was a bit worried about them being bored since most of our sightseeing was to be spent quietly looking at very old buildings, but they survived! Most everything to see is outside, which makes it easier on the littles. There is so much to see, hear, smell, and taste that Grayson especially was quite happy to toddle through the history in order to get to the next food vendor!
Here we are at the Porta Nigra or the Black Gate. Originally being a Roman city, Trier was roughly rectangular and had four gates on each side of her, today only the Black Gate stands as the rest were taken apart to be repurposed. Those Romans were so thrifty!
There’s more of the exterior of the gate in the background and part of a wildly painted elephant that seemed to decorate every street corner. Omaha has their J. Doe’s, Lincoln its funky bikes, Trier paints elephants.
First piece of advice, don’t wear cute shoes to walk around Europe. When I was planning I didn’t think my saltwaters would be that bad, they’re flat afterall, but they’re thin and hard with no support… Five hours walking on cobblestones while carrying two kids and a backpack means that tennis shoes are the only way to go!
St. Peter’s Cathedral (Dom) was beautiful, seriously breath taking. The exterior is massive, with a dozen steeples rising and falling to create the gothic silhouette.
Every inch (or should I say centimeter… I am in Europe) of this building is covered in gorgeous stonework. Statues adorn every column and archway, the ceiling is as ornate as the walls, carved with scrollwork throughout.
The main street, or Hauptstraße, was bustling with tourists to peruse the market. Fresh fruit, kebap, sausage, bread and cheese stores lined the streets and we picked out some of everything for a picnic. The store owners are so sweet, they couldn’t resist showering the kids with treats as we left the store, Grayson was in heaven as he chowed down on slices of limburger cheese and hunks of spicy meat.