Europe Travel

Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz
Europe Travel, Germany, History & Archaeology

Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz

I’ve neglected my blog for a little while to pursue my license to teach middle and high school history. When I first started Jaunting Jen, I thought I wanted to travel full time, but after two months in Europe and Malta, it’s clear to me that it’s better to maintain a […]

Charlemagne’s Bones and Aachen Cathedral
Europe Travel, Germany, History & Archaeology

Charlemagne’s Bones and Aachen Cathedral

In light of the recently released news that “Charlemagne’s Bones are Probably Real” I thought this would be a good time to share my experience visiting Charlemagne’s Palace of Aachen, Germany. The first time I visited Aachen, it was the early spring of 2008, and there were few tourists in […]

Four Gold Hats: A Bronze Age Mystery
Europe Travel, Germany, History & Archaeology

Four Gold Hats: A Bronze Age Mystery

After viewing thousands of artifacts in multiple museums, sometimes it can be tempting to just keep walking. But then there are times when something just grabs you, stopping you in your tracks.That’s what happened to me when I was in the Speyer, Germany State Museum a few days after visiting […]

Jaunting Jen’s 2013 Retrospective
Europe Travel, History & Archaeology

Jaunting Jen’s 2013 Retrospective

2013 is in the rearview mirror and we have arrived at 2014. Last year, like all years, was filled with good times and bad. My aunt passed away and my cousin got married. I said goodbye to the Army, and hello to a new job. It only took about eight […]

The Byzantine Beauty in Berlin
Europe Travel, Germany, History & Archaeology

The Byzantine Beauty in Berlin

You would never guess that main attraction of the Bode Museum in Berlin is a mosaic from Ravenna, Italy. The Bode Museum on Museum Island houses a unique collection of Byzantine art, and I went there specifically for their Byzantine collection. I had no idea that a mosaic from Ravenna was waiting for me at the […]

Limberg, Lunch, and an 1,100 Year-Old Cellar
Europe Travel, Germany, History & Archaeology

Limberg, Lunch, and an 1,100 Year-Old Cellar

Limberg an der Lahn is a quaint medieval town tucked away in Hesse, Germany. You can’t miss the imposing late-Romanesque Cathedral from the highway. Limberg was founded in about 800 CE. It is one of the few towns in Germany where the medieval “Old Town” escaped destruction over the years. Entire blocks […]