Photographs of Trier (Trèves), Germany's oldest city (2,000+ years).

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Good Morning!


It's so cold around here! Fortunately, I didn't even have to leave my room to take this photo of the sun rising behind neighbouring houses.

As much as I dislike getting up early, I love a nice sunrise. Nothing starts the day like a good breakfast while enjoying the first sunbeams!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Lion statue


Not far from where I took yesterday's photo, at the Palast-Garten (palace garden), the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier is guarded by this ferocious lion.

The museum itself is currently preparing for a big (and they mean big) exhibition on Emperor Constantine (who once resided in Trier for a few years and had the Kaiserthermen built) in 2007.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Notrufsäule


This emergency telephone post (Notrufsäule) stands in the Palast-Garten, and you can call both the police and the fire department with it. It looks pretty old and I don't know if it's still working (there is a way to find out, I guess, but I wouldn't want to do that...) but nowadays everyone has a mobile phone, so I don't think you really need it anymore.

Friday, January 27, 2006

McDonald's


Founded over 2,000 years ago as part of the Roman Empire, Trier, too, can't help but succumb to today's great empire, the fast food industry! ;)

To its credit, though, this McDonald's on Hauptmarkt, once the center of the city, is surprisingly low-key. When you don't know it's there, chances are that you won't even notice it.

I'll be in Paris for the weekend, so I don't know if I will be able to go online and post a photo on Saturday.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Studenten Futter


It's Thursday, that means that there's the Studenten-Futter-Party at the Forum, a discotheque near Viehmarkt. Studenten Futter (lit. "student food", alluding to the snack of mixed nuts) is aimed especially at students, with a music mix somewhere between popular and alternative. And of course both the admission as well as the drink prices are kept quite low, because we all know that students don't have any money!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hot Dogs


This is a hot dog cart on Fleischstrasse (near Kornmarkt). Every time I walk or ride my bike pass that thing, I can't help but stare at that giant, anthropomorphic hot dog, applying ketchup onto itself. That just totally freaks me out.

Also, notice that its eyebrows are ketchup and mustard, respectively. I'm sorry, but seeing that doesn't make me want to eat a hot dog, or anything else, for that matter!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

WSV


It's Winterschlussverkauf (WSV), the end-of-winter sale where almost all retailers drop their prices radically to get rid off sell all the leftover winter's clothes. So if you like shopping (and who doesn't...), this is the right time for you!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Luxembourg by Bike


How cool is it that you can ride your bike into another country from here? I did so on Saturday and visited Wasserbillig, a small town just on the border to Germany. I like Luxembourg a lot and by train you can get to the capital, also called Luxembourg, in under an hour, too.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Weinforum at the Viehmarktthermen


The annual Weinforum Trier (a presentation of the latest and finest wines of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area) is held at the ruins of the Roman baths underneath the Viehmarkt this weekend, a great opportunity to show you this marvelous structure.

It stands above the ruins that were discovered in 1987. The dimensions of the building are meant to represent the ones of original thermae, and you can look through the glass from all sides and see the ruins beneath it.

(Make sure to click on the image and check out the larger version, as the thumbnail really doesn't do it justice!)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Mariensäule


If you follow the steps from yesterday's photo, you will get to the Mariensäule, a 40 meter (130 feet) high column depicting Maria, overlooking the city from a height of 300 meters (985 feet).


I rode up there on Thursday to take pictures, and the thick fog added a lot to the atmosphere. Sure, if you wanted to enjoy the view you should go on a clear day, but the column and its surroundings looked really cool and spooky covered in the mist.

Friday, January 20, 2006

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Nussecken


Ever since singer/actor/cult figure and Trier local Guildo Horn revealed them to be his favourite kind of food (and even sang about them on the Eurovision Song Contest), Nussecken (literally: nut corners) have become some sort of speciality around here. Well, maybe not really, but when I asked what a typical speciality of Trier might be, the baker where I took this photo pointed me towards them.

And they're quite delicious, too. What's your town's speciality?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Rathaus by night


The Rathaus (city hall) of Trier seen here is where the mayor resides, but it's by far not the only building labeled "Rathaus" around here. I could probably fill an entire month just posting photos of different Rathaus-subsidiaries, as they are spread out all over town.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

No pedestrians allowed


One thing I like about Trier is that it's a very bicycle-friendly city, with lots of cycle paths and bike lanes, so you don't have to worry about getting into the (car) traffic when you're riding your bike.

This sign, 'pedestrians not allowed', is in front of a crossing leading towards the Römerbrücke, where one sidewalk is only for bicycles, the other one only for pedestrians.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Tree Bed


I went back to Nells Park and to "Pfad der Bäume" to take more photos, although most of the exhibits are not as impressive in broad daylight as they were after dark. However, I liked this old, wooden bed with a litte tree growing out of it very much.

I've also put three more wallpaper-sized photos of Saturday night's shoot online at here goes nothing.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Pfad der Bäume / Path of Trees


No, this is not a close encounter of the third kind, this is just one of the many astonishingly beautiful exhibits of "Pfad der Bäume", a weekend-long art project in Nells Park.

Artists from several schools in Trier and also its partner city Metz, France, have done some incredible work, decorating trees, installing lights and even sound! It's really hard to describe and do it justice actually.

I've taken a lot of pictures, some of them are available in wallpaper-friendly sizes here (more will follow within the next few days) and I will go back there tomorrow today to take a few daytime shots.

Sorry if I'm repeating myself, but, man, this really was one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Die Perle


What looks like vandalism at first glance (at least I thought so) is actually an announcement (maybe a vandannouncement?) for the opening of a jewellery store on Karl-Marx-Strasse, "Die Perle" (the pearl). The text reads "Schmuckperlen aus aller Welt, Februar 06" (jewellery pearls from around the world, February 06). So they still have some time to make it look a little bit more, well, glamourous. I will take another picture when they're done, for comparison.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Easter eggs


One day after I commented on leaving up the Christmas decorations for too long I see this at the supermarket: Easter eggs! Who is going to buy them almost three months in advance? Talk about a consumer's society! I'm guessing at this very moment all the unsold Christmas candy is re-packaged as little bunnies and chocolate eggs...

Mhh... chocolate...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Reindeers on Neustrasse


I wasn't in Trier for Christmas, but apparently, over the holidays, Neustrasse was decorated with 60 reindeers, made out of netted branches (from what I can tell) and sometimes ornamented with hats and coats or candles.

Some of them are still standing, in fact, I didn't even notice them until yesterday. Don't you think it's a bit late to still have Christmas decorations up? Then again, I know people who keep their tree until Easter...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Momo


Zeit ist Leben
und das Leben wohnt im Herzen
und je mehr die Menschen daran sparten
desto weniger hatten sie


This graffiti paper art, quoting Michael Ende's "Momo", was placed on a wall near where I live some time last year. I don't know who put it there, but I like it and am glad that it hasn't been removed yet. The quote translates to "But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had".

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Kaiserthermen by night


Remember, this site is still in beta, so I'm trying things out. Like how to take night-time pictures that are not a) out of focus due to my inability to hold the camera still during long exposures or b) black.

I think I did a pretty good job with this one, showing parts of the Kaiserthermen, the ruins of a thermal bath built around 300 AD for Emperor Constantinus. Well, at least they were built as thermae, but never actually used as such. It's an impressive site, though.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sunny Day


Today was a beautiful, sunny - albeit cold - Sunday, and a lot of people used the opportunity to take a walk on the Moselle bank (and most of them brought their dogs - good thing I overcame that cynophobia!).

This kind of weather really makes one wish for an early spring. Well, in a few weeks we will know more!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

St. Paulin by night



A few months ago I had to go somewhere in Trier where I hadn't been before, and instead of taking the bus, and since I didn't have a bike then, I walked and came across the St. Paulin church, a beautiful, tall Late Baroque building. (Okay, I had to look up the Late Baroque part...) I didn't go inside, but I was amazed at its design, and I planned to some day go back there and take a few photos. Well, 'one day' turned out to be one night, when Sarah brought her camera and we rode the bike to St. Paulin. I especially liked how the tower of the church looked, with all its edges and angles, lit from the ground by yellow lights.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Hall Sweet Hall



While riding the bike through an underpass underneath the Porta Nigra the other day, Sarah and I noticed that most of the tunnel's walls were covered in beautifully crafted graffiti such as this one. There are lots of nice graffiti all over Trier, and I'm sure I'm going to post more photos of them in the future!

On a side note, I wish all of my beta-readers (that shouldn't be too many at this point) a happy new year 2006! Let's hope it won't be too long before I can start fulfilling the promise (and premise) of this daily photo site!

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