Saturday, January 19, 2008

Roman in Germany

Welcome to our blog! This is my premier entry into this blog. I am starting this entry from my wife's cousin's home in Baumholder, Germany. The first photo posted here is in front of a Roman gate in the historic City of Trier which is a famous site off Constantine's second throne in the Dom. This structure you see behind Jim Graham and me is one off the gates through the walled city. We visited the cathedral where the robe Christ wore (one piece) (without hem or tear) is kept. Apparently they bring this out to display once every 20 years or so. I think some t-shirt companies liked the idea and have employed it well over the years. We saw remnants of Roman baths and ate in a basement restaurant where I had a pork cutlet (jager schnitzel). The second photo is o a roman statue showing the local wine workers moving their wares down river in a barge. The barge to the right is me.

I am over in Germany for a visit from Reading in England where I am working with a local utility company, Thames Water with some improvements to their 350 waste water treatment plants.
Here are some interesting characters we found in Constantine's throne room... Note the predominance of bearded wonders~

The Grahams have a lovely home here in Germany. The have been gracious enough to ferry me around in search of the holy Grail... the perfect photo opportunity.
Tomorrow, we are going to a nearby castle and lunch as a Greek restaurant. We couldn't get Italian ice cream because the shop was closed for the winter. But we had great bread from a local market with our clam chowder for supper. Yum yum.

Now, since I am, after all, an engineer...  
here is some stuff found in Trier that might interest an engineer.  First, this is a manhole cover in a cobblestone street.  It has the image of a saint holding a key to the city.  

What beautiful work in front of a bishop's square.  If there is one profession that hasn't gone out of need here it is bricklayers.   Wow!  What a wonder.   

They even provided for drainage.  

Her is some brickwork in a cemetery area at the cathedral.  

This was a view out of the roman gate into the city.  Note the beautiful tile work and the lightening protection...

Now, that we are speaking about roofs, here is a scupper...   You had to be there...

Now, they not only tell you where to go, they tell you what do do when you get there...

More later.  Be well and go with God.  Mark

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