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Frankfurt Town Hall and Christmas Market

Frankfurt Town Hall and Christmas Market


Trier, Porta Nigra from outside the Roman city wall

Trier, Porta Nigra from outside the Roman city wall


Oktoberfest 2006, below the Bavaria statue

Oktoberfest 2006, below the Bavaria statue


Oktoberfest, Paulaner tent

Oktoberfest, Paulaner tent


Oktoberfest, Entrance to Löwenbräu tent

Oktoberfest, Entrance to Löwenbräu tent


Oktoberfest, Paulaner tent

Oktoberfest, Paulaner tent


Oktoberfest, Munich 2006

Oktoberfest, Munich 2006

This little cherub sitting on a chamberpot points the way to the W.C. The sign says, "There you can go when you must."


Arabella, the woman with no lower body

Arabella, the woman with no lower body

At an Oktoberfest magic show


Oktoberfest ride

Oktoberfest ride


Oktoberfest, Löwenbräu lion at tent

Oktoberfest, Löwenbräu lion at tent


Geisterschloss, Ghost Castle, at the Oktoberfest

Geisterschloss, Ghost Castle, at the Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest, Schütze tent

Oktoberfest, Schütze tent


Men in lederhosen on their way to the Oktoberfest

Men in lederhosen on their way to the Oktoberfest


Wild mushrooms at the Viktualienmarkt

Wild mushrooms at the Viktualienmarkt


Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz, Munich

Looking toward the Toy Museum. Bicycle taxi in front.


Asamkirche, Munich

Asamkirche, Munich

Monument to St Joseph Nepomuk, with skeleton and scythe


Asamkirche, man in bath and saint

Asamkirche, man in bath and saint

If you know who this is, please tell me!


Asamkirche ceiling

Asamkirche ceiling


Asamkirche, Munich

Asamkirche, Munich


Asamkirche, Skeleton and snake

Asamkirche, Skeleton and snake

Mortality reminder


Sendlinger Tor, Munich

Sendlinger Tor, Munich

One of the old city gates of Munich


Bavarian snack

Bavarian snack


Oktoberfest Tracht

Oktoberfest Tracht

Tracht means local costume. People like to dress up for the Oktoberfest.


Hofbräuhaus beer wagon headed to the Oktoberfest through the center of Munich

Hofbräuhaus beer wagon headed to the Oktoberfest through the center of Munich


Trier, Karl Marx's birthplace

Trier, Karl Marx's birthplace


Trier, Karl Marx Haus plaque

Trier, Karl Marx Haus plaque

"In this house Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818."


Trier, Karl-Marx-Haus museum, inscription including Chinese

Trier, Karl-Marx-Haus museum, inscription including Chinese


Trier, saint on a house, now a busy streetcorner over a store

Trier, saint on a house, now a busy streetcorner over a store


Trier, another saint on house

Trier, another saint on house

There are saints over almost all the old houses in Trier, a very Catholic town. It must have been a strange place for the young Jewish Karl Marx to grow up. He was born about two blocks from here.


Trier, saint on house

Trier, saint on house


Trier, Markthalle

Trier, Markthalle


Trier, stove in the Markthalle

Trier, stove in the Markthalle


Trier, doorway and bicycle near the Red Tower

Trier, doorway and bicycle near the Red Tower


Trier, Red Tower

Trier, Red Tower

The tower was built in the mid-1600s.


Trier, the Aula Palatina from below

Trier, the Aula Palatina from below

The Roman building is still impressive.


Trier, the side of the Aula Palatina

Trier, the side of the Aula Palatina


Trier, the Aula Palatina and later palace

Trier, the Aula Palatina and later palace

The Aula Palatina is a huge Roman building that was later turned into a Protestant church. Charlemagne had meetings here. The building in front is the Electoral Palace.


Trier, the oldest pharmacy in Germany. The Golden Lion dates to 1241

Trier, the oldest pharmacy in Germany. The Golden Lion dates to 1241


Trier, McDonald's at the Hauptmarkt

Trier, McDonald's at the Hauptmarkt


Trier, Wurst

Trier, Wurst


Trier, Plaque on the Porta Nigra

Trier, Plaque on the Porta Nigra

"North gate of the imperial Roman city. Built in the 2nd century A.D. The largest and best preserved city gate of the Roman empire. From 1035 to 1800, the Saint Simeon church."


Trier Nein Danke

Trier Nein Danke

Not everybody is impressed with the Porta Nigra.


Trier, Victorian-era hotels at the Porta Nigra

Trier, Victorian-era hotels at the Porta Nigra

Trier is a university town and has always attracted tourists. Saint Jerome came in the 300s.


Trier, Porta Nigra looking up

Trier, Porta Nigra looking up

It was so much bigger than I had expected.


Trier, Porta Nigra from the outside

Trier, Porta Nigra from the outside


Trier, Porta Nigra or Black Gate

Trier, Porta Nigra or Black Gate

This enormous Roman gate was built in the 200s, when Trier was the most important city on the Roman frontier, and later made into a church, which kept it from being used as a stone quarry as most Roman buildings were. It was returned to its original form during the Enlightenment.


Trier, Saint Nikolaus on a restaurant

Trier, Saint Nikolaus on a restaurant


Trier, Porta Nigra with tourist tram

Trier, Porta Nigra with tourist tram


Trier pedestrian zone with Roman Black Gate or Porta Nigra at the end

Trier pedestrian zone with Roman Black Gate or Porta Nigra at the end


Trier, Three Kings House, dates from the 1200s

Trier, Three Kings House, dates from the 1200s

This house seems to show influence from Venice and the Middle East.


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