Our last two days in Germany were spent in western Germany. From Rothenburg, we headed to Trier. Trier is near the birthplace of the Kleins and Werners from my grandmother’s side of the family. While we were in the area, Aunt Julie found some information that allowed her to trace our family history back even further than before the trip.
Porta Nigra is the most identifiable structure in Trier and is the most impressive Roman structure in Germany. After being used as part of a larger gate by the Romans, it was converted to a church and then a monastery. The structure is built of lighter sandstone but has darkened over time.
The small pink house in the first photo below is where Karl Marx lived for most of his childhood. Notice the floating door in the second photo. Before the age of banking, rich people hoarded their riches in their homes. As a result, they needed homes like this. This doorway was the only way in or out of the house. A staircase to the door could be pulled when necessary.
The photo below is not at a bad angle – the church walls are really that sloped.
This kitten followed us around at a church. It was so curious and cute! The group photo was taken while at dinner in Trier. The food was delicious but that corner of the restaurant was so warm…I was melting in this picture.