Saturday night we had a dinner party in our apartment. The menu was a traditional east Prussian dish, Königsberger Klopse, which are meatballs with a white caper sauce over them. The food was good and it was a fun group of people. We somehow had 10-11 people in our little kitchen at one point or another...and went through quite a bit of wine. Will learned some new German words...and was a good sport through the meal, although the Germans weren't all too keen on speaking English. Left to right: My roommate Johannes, his friend Jens, me, Will
On Sunday, a sunny and warm October day, Will and I went to Trier, the oldest city in Germany. It is a beautiful 1 1/2 hour train ride from Saarbrücken, the tracks stretch along the Saar and the Mosel Rivers and you can see vineyards on the hillsides.
Trier is full of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites; everything is so old and pretty well-preserved. Our favorite site was the Porta Nigra, the city gate, which is the largest surviving Roman city gate worldwide. Other highlights were the market square, where we ate lunch at a café in the sunshine...the Cathedral, with Roman columns, the Liebfrauenkirche, the oldest Gothic church in Germany, the Mosel River with its Roman Bridge, and a nice park at the foot of the ruins of the Imperial Baths.
We returned home, made some yummy Minestrone soup with our treasures from the farmer's market and watched a little trash German TV. I brought Will to the train station this morning and now he is just about arriving at Frankfurt airport.