VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE part 25 Fall, 2016

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We are now in the city of Trier, the oldest city in Germany.  In Trier is this amphitheater in which there were gladiator events in Roman times.  The blocks in the ground are the remains of a paved street that led into the arena.  As you can tell by the umbrellas and the coats that it was a pretty cold, raw day!

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The pathway leading into the arena now is a little nicer.

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We are now inside the arena where all sorts of violence took place – men fighting men, men fighting animals, and animals fighting animals.

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I cannot imagine the amount of blood that was shed on these grounds.

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These steps lead into the area where men and animals were imprisoned awaiting their fate

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These are the underground chambers where they were kept.

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These walls have seen much fear and angst in their time.

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Imagine the odors from the men and animals trapped down here.  No hygiene facilities were obvious.

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Okay, I’ve seen enough – let’s go topside.

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These two chamber were the “on deck circle” where the next contestants were held just before their performance.

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I praise God every day that we live in the present times we do rather than back then.

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Trier and most of the towns in Europe are preparing for the Christmas market season.  It is a carnival atmosphere where rides and food vendors set up their kiosks in the middle of the towns.  I wonder if OSHA knows about that guy standing under that building.

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Beautiful carousel horses.

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This appears to be a kiddy ride being assembled.

Next, we will visit downtown Trier and see the Porta Nigra, and have lunch at a winery/restaurant.  I can’t wait – I’m hungry.

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