Gladiators Square Off In the Ruins of Trier’s Old Roman Amphitheater

Founded by celts, and conquered by Romans, Trier is the oldest city in Germany.  The town itself is nice, but the old ancient roman amphitheater ruins are nothing to write home about even though it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The amphitheater was built around 200AD, and played host to many gladiator combats.  If you are lucky, you might just catch some gladiators squaring off almost, but not quite, like they did in centuries past.

Berlin’s TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and Soviet Era Communist Construction

The contrast between buildings in the Soviet Era East Berlin is remarkable. Similar to other large, bland, and intimidating concrete structures erected by the Soviets in Eastern Europe, the former East Berlin has plenty of them. In typical communist fashion, one concrete structure looks strikingly similar (but not better) to the next. They are all concrete with lots of windows. Boring… dull… intimidating. The erection of Berlin’s TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) in the late 60’s was to show East Berlin’s […]