When we got to Trier, I was in front, which is never a good thing, and I didn't turn at the place where I had wanted to go to find parking. So we parked further away, and when we came up out of the garage, I was completely disoriented. All we had was a tiny map Siri had photocopied from my library copy of Fodor's Guide to Germany, and it didn't have that many street names on it! We found 2 street names and launched out in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, we veered too far in one direction, so we ended up way off course, once we found another street name on our map. Oops! The younger set was tired and cold--and we hadn't even gotten anywhere yet! Caleb really shined with his map reading skills, however, and he got us back on track. Eventually we made it to the Imperial Baths (Kaiserthermen), which I had remembered seeing on our honeymoon. Now they have a nice visitor's center with a movie. They were doing construction to preserve the ruins.
I had wanted to visit the amphitheatre, but alas, it was flooded and ice-covered, so it was closed. Instead we walked down towards the center of town, towards this pink palace and huge basilika. I took a picture of Bob in this same place when we were here on our honeymoon 24 1/2 years ago, so it was fun to take a picture here again, with 8 of the kids!
We headed in a new direction, and this led us to the main old plaza in Trier. Again, I remembered seeing this with Bob on our honeymoon!
This was actually the church the parking garage was next to. It seemed plenty big when we were first in Trier, but after seeing the Basilika and the Dom, it seemed quaint and tiny!
We had the long drive home, made longer because once again I failed to read the GPS correctly, and I got off at the exit before the one it actually wanted me to. (In fairness, they were close together, and it is really hard to look at the GPS and look at the ever-darkening roadway!) So we had to wander through a cute little town, and then do this pretzel-like maneuver to get back on the road we were supposed to be on. I was glad it wasn't dark yet! Bob said it only took 3 minutes to catch up to their car, but it seemed like it took longer to me! That is the downside of driving 2 vehicles. The upside is being able to park in parking garages and other small places, lol. So we made it home with no further incidents, but we were all pretty fried after the long, cold day. We got frozen pizzas from the store Hit and cooked those, since the C's had headed off to a previously planned ski trip to Garmisch. Then we collapsed into bed, exhausted!