… another fairly relaxing day at Leiwen
06.12.2009 - 06.12.2009 8 °C
We had another slow start to the day and set out fairly late in the morning for the town of Trier, about 37 km away.
Our location here in Germany is in a valley that follows the Moselle River (sometimes spelt Mosel) which is a wide river that seems to be used as a major transport route in it's own right. We have seen quite a few long barges – some carrying what looks like coal and also a cruise barge with heaps of cabins on it.
Getting from town to town involves driving along beside the river and it winds it's way along, so you end up traveling a lot further than the real distance between towns. Then, as you drive it is generally only a couple of kilometres between each town.
The region has a heritage going back to at least the Roman occupation – which peaked in 3rd to 5th centuries. And today's main destination (Trier) is actually Germany's oldest city, with it's history dating back to 1.300 years before even Rome when it was founded by the Gallo-Celtic Treveri tribe who had it seized from them by the Romans. It also has a much more recent claim to fame, being the birthplace and home in his early years of Karl Marx. We saw the house he was born in – there were lot's of tourists taking photo's of it, but we didn't bother with going into the museum.
When we first stopped in Trier we were looking for an open supermarket (which was an impossible dream) and found a flohmarkt (flea market) and it was interesting to see that these are very much the same as we see in Australia with a mixture of junk, through to some reasonable bargains and a few food stalls. At least we were able to get some fruit and veges, so it partly made up for the supermarket not being open.
We found our way to the centre of Trier and ended up at a Christmas Market. This one was a bit different to the others we had seen so far, with the stalls/shops being decorated (and coloured green instead of white) in some cases with large reindeer on their roofs but there were still lots of Christmas and craft items for sale – and lots of people around.
We were also trying to find internet access and thought a Macca's in Trier would have it – but we were out of luck (Simon, you'll have to speak to your bosses about them fixing up their wi-fi globally!). Then as it turned out, we found we can get it at the restaurant & entertainment centre here at the resort.