This morning at breakfast we chatted with a couple from Wales, UK. They are also here in Germany visiting Christmas markets. They told us about the market in the village of Monschau. Monschau is near the route we are taking to Trier, the next city in our destination, on our way to Bavaria or the southern part of Germany. We are really ‘winging it’ from now on, as we will not be stopping to see anyone we know.
It was -1 degree Celsius this morning and at one point today the car read -6 degrees. Tonight it was +3 as we walked around Trier. It is cold, so we are simply bundling up! We are glad we have shoes/boots with tread as the cobble stone are extremely slick.
|Lunch in Monschau|
|On the road to Trier|
|Sunset in Gremany|
Trier is considered the oldest city in Germany. It was part of the Roman Empire years ago. We visited Trier many years ago as it is also along the beautiful Mosel River. As we entered Trier, the traffic once again was jammed! Buses full of people were arriving! Oh my, will we be able to move around the Christmas market on a Saturday evening?
Our hotel is about 2 blocks from the old city gate – great location, and it is very nice – newly redone. The Christmas market is just beyond the gate in the pedestrian streets and plazas. They consider it one market in two different plazas. Most cities refer to each plaza as a different market. In reality each market may have its own theme and decorations, whereas in Trier it was all one market. The first plaza was nice, but the second plaza was lovely. For dinner we had a yeast dumpling ball with vanilla sauce, topped with cherry sauce, plus an onion and ham flamkucken. The flamkucken tonight was not as good as the one we had 2 nights ago. Then we saw a Rotaract stand selling beverages. Rotoactors are college students in the Rotary organization.
|Entering Trier City Center|
|Trier Christmas Market|
By the time we returned to the hotel we were cold! Tomorrow morning we will return to the market for daytime photos, especially of the lovely old buildings, and then we will drive northeast along the Mosel River to at least as far as Bernkastle-Kues. This too is a town that keeps drawing us back! (at least 6 times that we can remember) Seeing these villages in the winter, especially with the snow, is a different perspective than in the summer which was the time when we usually saw them.
I was going to say, “It was another great day in Germany”, but I must add, we were just across in border into Belgium two different times, due to the ‘back roads’ we were on! From Trier, Luxemburg is only 20 km to the west, and we understand the petro (auto gas) is cheaper there, but I don’t think we’ll go that way.