Lynne’s Trip to Trier.

Guten Morgan!


I have today the first batch of pictures from my friend, Lynne’s, trip here to Germany.  There are probably as many pictures from her six days here as there were for my parents’ three weeks!!!  Ah well that’s what you get when you add a professional photographer and an amateur enthusiast together and set them down in such a beautiful place… and let them play off each other! 


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On the day Lynne arrived I awoke at a eyelid sagging 4:30am… (She was to arrive at 8:20am and the airport is over 2 and 1/2 hours away!  I only take about 40 minutes to get ready but then I have to walk the dogs, load the car, check the tires, ect. ect. ect.  so I wanted to have a little extra time… and boy was it needed!) I went into the bathroom to shower and get ready and by the time I came out the snow was  flying.  I was a little worried about road conditions but due to how tired I was, I was not nearly worried enough!  You see, the airport is at a much higher elevation than where I live and about 40 minutes from home I drove smack dab into the middle of a veritable blizzard!  It was insane… my car was sliding all over the road, along with everyone else! 


By the by did you know that the Scion xB has a traction loss alert?  Yellow lights start strobing from the dash and the whole car starts beeping like mad!  Very cool little toy but honestly it was horribly scary that first time… and let’s face it, it’s not like I didn’t already know that I had lost traction right?  I was screaming bloody murder and praying for angels as my poor little car went sliding sideways into a semi!


I feel that I must remind those of you laughing up your sleeve at me right now that I’M FROM PHOENIX AZ!  The last time it snowed I was 11!!!! 


I made the 2 1/2 hour trip in just under four hours only to find that her plane had landed half an hour early!  After a few frantic phone calls and a lot of ‘ships passing in the night’ we finally found each other, loaded up her bags, and started the long trek home.  The trip home only took about three hours.  It was still snowing but the autobahn had been heavily salted between the time I had come in and the trip home. 


We got home much later than had been originally planned and so Lynne unpacked, took a shower, and we went out to get some lunch.  Afterwards we decided to just spend the evening in watching a movie and catching up, and of course, I cooked dinner.


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The next day dawned a bit less foreboding and so she and I set off for Philipsheim and the Haupbahnhoff!  (The train station)


We hopped the 10:05 to Trier and set off to enjoy a day of exploring the roman ruins.


Our first stop was the Porta Nigra.


We climbed the long staircase…


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…and explored the corridors.


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The carvings and reliefs were beautiful.


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The view of Trier was stunning from the upper floors. 


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Lynne was fascinated with the architecture…


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And the sheer age that shows in every line of this place…


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It is quite a sight…


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No matter how many times I’ve been here, I am always moved at the thought that I’m standing in a building who’s hallways were once patrolled by the feet of Roman centurions.


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This is a replica of the foot of Constantine.  The great head, arms and legs were carved from marble, while the rest of the body consisted of a brick core and wooden framework, possibly covered with gilded bronze.  Judging by the size of the remaining pieces, they believe that the seated, enthroned figure would have been about 40 feet high. The statue was pillaged in antiquity and the remaining pieces have been recently restored.  The replica of the foot is placed as a marker outside of every roman site in Trier.


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After we finished touring the Porta Nigra we walked into the Hauptmarkt in Trier.


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 The fountain in the Hauptmarkt.


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 Some of the buildings off of the Hauptmarkt.


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 From the main square you can just see the Dom of Trier.


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And so, that was our next stop! 


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Cathedral square with Trier Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady is located on the site of one of the largest palace complexes of the Roman Empire, and forms the center of the Cathedral city.


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The Cathedral is Germany’s oldest bishop’s church (begun in the 4th century). 


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As a central plan structure, the Church of our Lady (13th century), one of the first churches in Germany built strictly in the Gothic style, is also the earliest and most significant example of the architectural type in Germany.  Protected by its own wall and gates int he Middle Ages, the Cathedral City still represents a “city quarter” with it’s own structural character. 


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This cathedral is one of my favorite places to go in Trier.  It’s so beautiful inside. 


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This is a view from the front of the church of the pipes from the organ.


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Just look at the details on the bottom of the pipes!


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The reliquary of this cathedral is said to house the Seamless robe of Jesus or the Holy Tunic.


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It is said to have been worn by Jesus during or shortly before his crucifixion.


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According to the Gospel of John, the soldiers who crucified Jesus did not divide his tunic after crucifying him, but cast lots to determine who would keep it because it was woven in one piece without seam.


This is the actual reliquary that is said to house that robe, found by Emperor Constantine’s mother on one of her journeys to the Holy Land. 


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 After exploring the inside of the church we went out into the garden where there is a small chapel. 


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 The stained glass here is beautiful and we were fortunate to catch a ray of sunlight through the glass.


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 For the few moments we were outside the sky cleared! 


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 I can’t wait for spring to really come… I miss those blue skies and sunshine!


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 The architecture of this building is stunning!


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After we finished with the church we walked to the Electoral Palace to take in the winter gardens and statuary.


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 We walked through the gardens and headed for the Roman bath.


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 As we looked down over the bath a storm started to roll in and the day got dark.


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By the time we got down into the main forum the snow was falling! 


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 It got cold and windy very quickly and we hurried to tour the grounds.


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 It was erie to be in these tunnels when it was so gloomy and dark but it was amazing as always! 


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Here is the only picture of Lynne from that day!  It’s hard to get pictures of her when she’s always the one behind the camera!  So in the next few days I just took pictures of here WITH her camera! 


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That ends our first adventure here in the Land of Fairy Tales…  there are more to come another day!


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney


 

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V

Life’s guilty little pleasures…


# 164 = Very bad 80’s sci-fi.


I’m sitting here watching 1983’s critically acclaimed sci-fi surprise hit…


V


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For those of you unfamiliar here is a synopsis…


“Aliens pretending to be friendly come to Earth and are received openly. The aliens have masqueraded themselves to look just like humans. When it is discovered that the aliens’ planet is dying and that they have come to rape the Earth of its natural resources, the war for Earth begins.”


For those of you who ARE familiar I have but one thing to say…


“We’re pleased to eat you… I mean MEET you!”


 


*EDIT* 


Huh?  Who woulda thunk it?  One of the most inspiring lines I’ve ever heard… In V?  That’s just weird!


“I am frightened like a child who fears the dark,
But we must fight this darkness that is threatening to engulf us.
Each of us must be a ray of hope and do our part…
and join with the others til we’ve become a blinding light…
triumphant over darkness.
Until that task is accomplished, life will have no meaning.


More than anything else remember which side you are on… and FIGHT for it. 


We will march beside you and sing the song of victory!”


“V” For VICTORY!

Reenlistment Day!

Good day to you!


Yesterday was a very big deal for Ryan and I. 


Reenlistment day!


My husband stood up in a ceremony and pledged another six years to the Air Force.  By the time he’s up for reenlistment again it will be 2014 and he’ll have been in for 16 years!


Here he is getting ready to pledge. 


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 Saying the words… (Isn’t he handsome?)


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 Accepting congratulations.


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 And then goofing off… he can’t keep a serious look on his face for very long, can he?


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 This is a rather neat thing.  They presented him with a flag that had been in service on a plane flying a mission over Iraq.  It was presented as an honor for his reenlistment, and has a certificate explaining it’s service record.



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 The official re enlistment shot!


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 He had to send this picture on.  He wanted everyone to be jealous.  Apparently he’s made some friends there already since they bought him this cake!  Just look at that thing… All of the decorations are shaved chocolate including those shell like things on the front… He said they were solid white chocolate!  Yum…


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 Congratulations Ryan.  I’m proud of you, of your service, and of your commitment in striving to uphold the core values that you have made your own!


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I’ll be back with pictures and stories, probably on Monday. 


Have a wonderful weekend,


Auf Wiedersehen,


Courtney


 

Checking in…

Good morning my friends!


My how long only 10 days can feel when they are so full.


My friend has come and gone and we have quite worn ourselves out in the short time she was here.  I have hundreds of pictures to sift through and edit before I can write about her time here.  In fact the next six weeks will be full of pictures and projects that have been placed upon the back burner for far too long.   I have many pictures I have never shared and stories that I have not had the time to write and so I will fill the next six weeks with them. 


Almost seven weeks have passed since Ryan left.  It occurs to me that in times past this would put us over the halfway mark in a deployment and I can’t help but laugh at how I was want to think that this amount of time was simply “Forever!”  But to be honest the time has gone quickly and I have hopes that the rest of his time gone will pass in like manner.


I perceive from my style of writing in the above text that I have read far too much Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in the last few weeks!  Wow… that was quite unintentional.


Anyhow… I’ve cleaned the house and caught up on emails… I’m off to check the mail and do a little shopping… and then I’ll be settling in to edit pictures while I watch a movie this evening! 


I’ll be back with pictures and stories soon.


Courtney

Guten Nacht,


I had intended to spend some time writing tonight… But I have simply not been able to find the time today in the midst of all of my chores..


I have to leave my home by 5am tomorrow to get to the airport in time, and so I’m going to call this an early night. 


My friend Lynne will be here until the 10th of March so I’ll be back next week!


Take care,


Courtney

The winter wind…

Guten Morgan!


It’s 7:30am and I’ve been up since 5:30am.  Here I sit in my warm thermal pajamas, my bare feet are tucked up under me since my fuzzy slippers are on the floor and I forgot to bring down some socks this morning.  The floors in this old house can be dreadfully cold in the mornings.  I have a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea on the table at my elbow, waiting to be enjoyed.  I really should go upstairs, shower and start my day for I have much to do in the next few days before my visitor arrives.  But it’s just one of those days… perfect for curling up inside… so I’m putting off the inevitable. 


We are having a windstorm.  I can hear the wind howling down the fields out back, sighing and screaming around the house.  It is finding each and every chink in the armor of this old cottage and soughing balefully.  We are having sustained 35 mile per hour winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour and, of course, it’s driving a fine icy rain.  I can hear it shattering into the windows and doors… 


This is the kind of day that just begs for a cozy fire and the company of a book to weave the spell of a good story all around you. 


Alas… a fireplace is not to be had and the company of a book will have to wait… as the chores will not… 


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney