Archive for July, 2009

Tour the Oldest City in Germany: Trier

Have you heard of Trier, Germany? This beautiful city along contains Roman ruins – yes, Roman Ruins, in Germany. It’s often referred to as the “Second Rome” because of its deep history of Roman settlement and buildings. Settled thousands of years ago, the city claims to be the oldest, and has the ruins to back it up. Squidoo lensmaster RoamingRosie has a great introduction and guide to this amazing German city on her lens, Trier: A Guide to Germany’s Oldest City. On this guide, you can find some of the best sightseeing, churches, fountains, ruins, photographs, and tips for traveling this city from one end to the other.

Hauptmark (Market Square), Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The city contains many things to see of historical significance, like the oldest Roman gates, the Porta Nigra. The center of old town, Hauptmarkt, is surrounded by Gabled houses with medieval facades and architecture. The center of the marketplace has the large cross faced buildings. The House of the Three Magi, or Dreikönigenhaus, is one of the oldest stone buildings in Germany, and is close to some of these other destinations.

Porta Nigra, Original Roman City Gates, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Porta Nigra, Original Roman City Gates, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The Imperial Baths of Trier are complicated ruins that have different rooms that were made by the Romans (in Germany). Each room had a different purpose, and was actually never completed. Underneath the baths there is a tunnel complex leading to additional ancient rooms.

Don’t have much time to see the city? There’s even a quick synopsis of the must-see areas of Trier if you’re pressed for time. Go ahead and have a look!

Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Other European destinations covered by the ExSquidition Travel Journal:

* The Netherlands
* Paris
* London
* County Cork
* Bournemouth

July 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

Travel to New England’s Popular Road Trip Destinations

If you’re looking for variety in your road trip, New England might be the place to find it. The cold Atlantic waters have carved beautiful beaches along Cape Cod, while Maine’s coast has miles upon miles of steep ocean cliffs. Further inland, Vermont’s Green Mountains and New Hampshire’s White Mountains change every season to provide us with a different view of their forested slopes.

Boston Lighthouse, Boston Harbor, MA
Boston Lighthouse, Boston Harbor, MA
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Lensmaster Kiwisoutback has written an entire guide to taking a road trip to New England, which delves into the more popular destinations like Franconia Notch in Vermont, the Connecticut wine trail, the shore of Cape Cod, and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. You’ll also find a list of recommended things to do in each state, where the major cities are in New England, where the lighthouses are located along the coast (also rivers and lakes), and the interesting regional food.

Have you ever visited New England? You can also add a Twitter update to the lens tweeting out your favorite destination in these six states, whether it’s a roadside diner, ski resort, bed and breakfast, or just a secluded beach that’s worth seeing.

Related Road Trip Posts:
* Take a Road Trip Across the United States

Also visit the road trip blog to see more U.S. travel destinations you can visit by car.

July 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

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