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January 23, 2007
From journal Travel Through Time in Trier, Germany
Kaiserslautern, California, Germany
March 12, 2003
There are many markets in the city, especially during the holidays. There are also Roman baths, the oldest Christian church in Germany, and the Royal Imperial Palace to visit.
Many places to eat and many hotels or cute B and Bs to stay at.
From journal Day Trips from Kaiserslautern
January 1, 2003
The community of Heimbach hosted its Christmas market up by the school. Food booths and the beer garden were outside, and all the crafts booths were inside what appeared to be the school cafeteria or all-purpose room. My wife had minimal selections from the dozen or so booths, but she was determined to bring back something from the town of Heimbach. After walking around the room twice, she settled on a set of hand-crocheted doilies, buying one for herself and one for each of our two daughters. "Handmade in Heimbach," she stated, justifying her purchase.
The fun part of the fair was outside. The booths and trees were decorated with lights--strings of 40-watt light bulbs. We bought a cup of a warm German drink which tasted better after adding a dash of amaretto. The smell of grilled bratwurst was too tempting, and I purchased one. The long sausage was placed between a small round roll, so I cut the bratwurst in half and filled the roll. Excellent!
Later that day, we stopped at the Christmas fair in Trier. We did not see any open restaurants while driving through the town, and quickly decided to stop at this market and sample its food. A small band of high-school-age kids stood in front of the large tent, playing Christmas music. A booth of baked goods and candies sat to the left of the tent entrance, and a large food booth was on the opposite side of the tent opening. This small market offered only 15 to 20 booths; most of the merchandise reflected the crafts of the area. My wife found a beautiful dried floral arrangement, but we did not have the means to safely get it home. I’m not certain if the flora would pass Customs, either. The food booth offered two selections. We were trying to decipher the signs and no one at the booth spoke English. I did not have any problem, just pointing to the grilled bratwurst. I could easily eat another one. My wife wanted the sauerkraut dish, but wasn’t certain how to order it. She looked for people who might have that selection so she could point, but settled for a bratwurst as well. Just after she started her lunch, someone ordered the sauerkraut, which came with a stack of potato pancakes and two sausages. My brother-in-law and wife both sighed with disappointment. They would have grabbed up the potato pancakes if they had only known. Oh well, next time!
Kirner beer had its own booth, so we grabbed a draw of this lighter German beer to accompany our lunch. We also purchased a few baked goods from the booth to have as dessert as we walked around the Christmas market that afternoon.
From journal Ancestral Home in Germany
sicklerville, New Jersey
September 1, 2002
The next day we also saw the Kaiserthermen (Roman Imperial Baths) and the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 20,000, but became so damaged in the 18th century that vines grew on the terraces. We also went into the Basilika, or Ault Palatina which once was Constatine's Palace in 310 AD. It is now a Protestant church.
From journal Southern Germany by Automobile