Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quick Stop- Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Roughly about the size of Rhode Island, is the small country of Luxembourg situated between France, Germany, and Belgium.

We were leaving Germany and entering France anyway, so what better way than to stop into one of the small countries in Europe. It was so cold the trip there.

Separated by rivers, you have to climb up multiple stairs along the outside of fortification walls.

Once atop the fortifications, there was some pretty architecture.

There was also this Spanish citadel along the wall.

Also along the wall is the Hollow Tooth ruin.

And there is also a plague dedicated to the people who served at the Battle of the Bulge.

We didn't spend much time there, again the city and country is very small, but it was nice to cross off another country from our list of travels.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come to Cologne- Kolner Dom

One of Germany's biggest attractions, Kolner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in Northern Europe.

Construction started in 1248, but has continued at various points throughout history. One specific reconstruction was undertaken after 95% of the building was destroyed by Allied bombing during World War 2.

Inside the cathedral are the supposed relics and skulls of the Three Kings, who visited the baby Jesus after his birth. They remains of the Three Kings is enclosed in the shrine.

The architecture within is beautiful.

However, there are still several repairs being made on the inside as well. Within the walls is one of the tools that were used when making medieval repairs.

While it was a quick trip, it was an impressive building surrounded by lots of new high rise buildings. But we didn't have lots of time for visiting Cologne, so on to more adventures in Europe.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Meet you Frankfurt

 Ready for a funny story. At my school, there are only 2 third grade teachers- myself and Ms. ElJizi. We work together in a small school in Dallas, Texas. And we both spent part of our Christmas break in Europe. It just so happened that we both were in a small suburb in Frankfurt at the same time. It was just hilarious how we we both managed to connect over 5,000 miles away.

We didn't stay long, we had more countries to visit, but it was nice to hang out and share some sausage in Germany with a fellow teacher and friend.