Exploring Ancient Trier, and Sailing to Bernkastel

We spent two nights docked at Trier, Monday and Tuesday. One our first day there, we took a coach tour to Luxembourg, and the next morning we explored Trier by motorcoach and on foot. I started this post with 44 photos because I had so much I wanted to tell you about, but had to cut it way back so I can catch up to what’s going on today.

The day began cool, with a bit of fog on the Mosel River.

Fog on the Mosel River
We were on the motorcoaches by 8:30, and began with a high viewpoint over the city and valley, where our guide pointed out some of the sites of historic significance.

High view over Trier
Back in the city for a walking tour, which began at Porta Nigra (Black Gate), a Roman gate which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Porta Nigra, Trier
It’s so nice to have flowers in October.

There are McDonald’s in most cities here, but the ones in historic districts are quite well hidden.

The gorgeous Market Fountain (sometimes called St. Peter’s Fountain) in the main square of Trier. Built in 1595, it shows St. Peter, the patron saint of the Cathedral as well as the city, standing on top, surrounded by the four cardinal virtues of good city government, Justice, Strength, Temperance, and Wisdom, as well as the usual assortment of monsters and frolicking monkeys (some doing very funny things!).

The massive Roman-era Basilica of Constantine, another of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also known as Aula Palatina, it was built by emperor Constantine around AD 310.

Basilica of Constantine in Trier
This palace, built by Archbishop Lothar von Metternich in the 17th Century, is attached to the back of the basilica.

I’d like to know what this statue represents – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man and baby in ancient art.

Our guide for the past 2 days, Elke, was extremely knowledgeable.

The Cathedral of Saint Peter.

Cathedral of Saint Peter in Tier

I could easily spend 3 days at Trier – but, at 12:30 we were back on the ship and soon after started sailing back down the Mosel, headed for Bernkastel. This is the lobby of the River Queen.

The ship’s bridge with everything in place dropped down to get under some very low bridges. You can see the captain’s head poking out of a hatch in the roof of the bridge to see in this configuration. The extremely high water conditions make some of the clearances very tight.

The Mosel River has many locks – I think we passed through 9 of them. Quite interesting and very efficient.

Descending the Mosel 20 feet at a time. Locks always attract a good crowd, both on shore and on the ship.

Ships talk to each other with those moveable blue panels, which indicate which side you are to pass on.

The trailer on the left is flying a Canadian flag.

Some of the vineyards along the Mosel are extremely steep, and some of the steepest use these little trucks to get people and supplies up and down. The run along a metal track, but I don’t know exactly how.

Above the van, you can make out the track that the little truck runs up and down.

Where there is no truck, the work is very hard, and a vineyard owner told us that Romanians are hired to do much of the work now.

I’m fascinated by the places that vineyards have been planted.

An Egyptian goose at one of the locks.

This is my blogging desk on the ship – it’s tough to be me on days like this 🙂

Approaching Bernkastel at 6:30pm.

Approaching Bernkastel at 6:30pm.
The ruins of Landshut Castle loom over the town.

Landshut Castle
Bernkastel from our dock. I went for a walk into town this evening.

Bernkastel from our dock.
Bernkastel is very quiet at night.

Bernkastel at night
Welcome back to the ship at 10:15pm.

Uniworld's River Queen

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