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Greg’s Travel Diary

Monday, 14 May 2007

Location: Wiesbaden, Germany

MapHello Again!

It's been awhile since I've posted anything, sorry about that. I'm STILL trying to get internet access at my appartment. Cusotmer Service is not a high priority here in Germany!

Since I\ve been back I've taken a few trips with some of the guys from work. 3 weeks ago we visited a small city to the south called Rothenburg. Rothenburg was a former Roman settlement. As with all roman settlements they fortified the city against attach which is what makes the city a tourist point today. The original city walls (50ft high and wrap the entire city) are still intact. You can even clime up them and walk the entire perimiter of the city. Very cool stuff!! I'll post photos soon. I only got a few, my stupid camera battery died on me. AUGH!

This past weekend we went to Luxembourg City, in Luxembourg. What an amazingly beautiful country. Everything was clean, and well kept. Ken, one of my co-workers, lived/worked in Luxembourg for 2 years back in the late 90's. Apparently the government pays the farmers and other land owners to maintain their property near all the roads to ensure a "attractive countryside." Talk about a waste of tax dollars! Anyway, the arcitecture was really no different that Germany. They do love Americans there however. American resurants were everywhere (McD, Pizza Hut, Chi-Chi's, etc).

Luxembourg City is also fortified against attach. However, it is more naturally protected. The city is built on a plateau surounded by a massive gourge.

On the way back to Germany, Ken took us to Vianden, Luxembourg. Home to the only active castle in Luxembourg. The ruling family still occupies the castle in the winter months and allows tours spring thru fall. Photos coming.

Lastly, we stopped in Trier, Germany. Main purpose for this stop was the highly rated Schnitzel. Ken had raved about it for weeks and Ralph is addicted to schnitzel so... nuff said. It is a place I would like to go back to for a day. About 10 years ago they were building a parking structure in town. The excavators uncovered the ruins of a Roamn back. The vault held more than $100 Million worth of gold coins! The construction was stopped and they built a museum around the ruins. Of course it was closed since it was so late on a saturday. There are other Roman ruins including a still operational library.

Well, that's all for now. Hope all is well with everyone back home!

Until next time,