A Severed Hand, A Hidden Tunnel, and Salisbury’s Oldest Pub

The Oldest Pub in England? Probably not, but the Haunch of Venison is definitely the oldest in Salisbury, and the most unique pub that I have ever visited. From the 'ladies box" up front with its own door; to the pewter bar and severed hand on display, this place certainly has character and history. When … Continue reading A Severed Hand, A Hidden Tunnel, and Salisbury’s Oldest Pub

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 base to travel from for … Continue reading Curse Scrolls, Mystery Cults, and the Secret Roman History of Mainz

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 sight. When I returned, two … Continue reading Charlemagne’s Bones and Aachen Cathedral

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 Museum Island in Berlin. I … Continue reading Four Gold Hats: A Bronze Age Mystery

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 end of the exhibition hall. … Continue reading The Byzantine Beauty in Berlin

Prague Castle at Night

It's been a while since I've been to Prague, but since I'm in Germany again I started thinking about how beautiful this city is. I knew I wanted to see Prague from the moment I arrived in Germany as an Army Specialist in 2007. When I finally traveled to Prague a year later, the city left an impression … Continue reading Prague Castle at Night

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 of original buildings remain. Limburg … Continue reading Limberg, Lunch, and an 1,100 Year-Old Cellar

The Horses of St. Mark

Beauty. The four horses at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy can only be described with one word, beauty. They are called the bronze horses, but they are actually almost pure copper. If you stare at them long enough, they almost seem real. The two horses pictured above are looking at each other like they … Continue reading The Horses of St. Mark

The Horses of St. Mark’s Basilica

Beauty. The four horses at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy can only be described with one word, beauty. They are called the bronze horses, but they are actually almost pure copper. If you stare at them long enough, they almost seem real. The two horses pictured above are looking at each other like they … Continue reading The Horses of St. Mark’s Basilica

Lorsch Abbey: A Carolingian Monastery

Just outside of the famous city of Worms, Germany is a lesser-known, but historically significant little abbey known as Kloster Lorsch. It may not look like much from the outside, but there is a lot of history at Kloster Lorsch. Founded by the Frankish Count Cancor in 764, the abbey stands as a monument to … Continue reading Lorsch Abbey: A Carolingian Monastery

Just me, a cat, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus

Sometimes the most interesting travel experiences come from bypassing the main attraction. The first thought that comes to mind about Athens, Greece is usually the Parthenon, but if you walk right across the street there is another wonder of the ancient world. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, or Olympieion was built about 2,600 years ago, … Continue reading Just me, a cat, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus