Now I am back in Sweden but the computer I currently operate hasn’t got a SD-card reader and therefore I can’t yet show any pictures from my trip to Germany. As I mentioned I my previous post I and my girlfriend visited a few interesting sites, among them an amphie theatre in Trier we also visited the dome and saw the basilica of Konstantin which was build ca 300 AD.
A pic of the basilica of Konstantin in Trier.
The amphie theatre in Trier, in a few days a concert is to be held and that of course disturbs the picture.
It was possible to go in under the theater and watch the constructions.
The Dome in Trier, this was quite a mighty structure and it was diffcult to get a picture that shows some of its might, this is taken from the southwest corner.
We also visited the ruins of Kyrburg castle in Kirn and the castle in Dhaun that is partly restored and hosts a hotel/hostel, both beautiful sites.
Ruin of Kyrburg castle in Kirn
A close up of the ruin of Kyrburg castle in Kirn
The Castle of Dhaun, the visible “tower” is open for tourists, see pics below.
Inside the castle
Some parts are still habitable…
…and some parts are not.
We also visited Ribe in Denmark, where we had a quick look at the Viking museum and walked through the old town with its historic and middle age buildings. Ribe is a beautiful town that I wished that we had more time for; we’ll make time for the next time we are in the neighbourhood. As well as Danevirke, Haithabu and the other interesting sites that is nearby. I at least got to see the runic inscription (DR EM85;151B $ ) made upon a piece of a human ossa parietale (I am not a 100% sure it also could be a piece of the ossa frontale) (a piece of a human skull bone) that was found in Ribe.
The inscription is as follows:
ulfuR Auk uþin Auk HutiuR ‘ HiAlb buris ‘ uiþR þAiMA uiArki Auk tuirkuniG buur
ulfuR Auk uþin Auk HutiuR ‘ HiAlb buri (i)s uiþR þAimA uiArki Auk tuirkuniu buur
ulfuR Auk uþin Auk HutiuR ‘ HiAlb buri (i)s uiþR ¶ þAiMA uiArki Auk tuirk unin buur
Translated to English:
Ulfr and Óðinn and Hydyr … … against that pain and … …
Ulfúrr and Óðinn and Hátyr are help for Burr against these: pain and dwarfstroke. Burr
Ulfr and Óðinn and Há-<tiuR>. Help is <buri> against that pain. And the dwarf (is) conquered. Bour(r).
The translation and transliteration is taken from Samnordiskruntextdatabas 2.0.
A pic from inside the Ribe Viking museum, watch out for the cool whale vertebrae.
Tomorrow it’s off to Värmland to celebrate the Midsummer Eve, unfortunately I won’t have access to a computer there so I won’t be able to post until Sunday. If I have time I will visit an archaeological excavation in Jönköping tomorrow and perhaps take a few pictures for the blog.