Happy Summer Solstice

Although this photograph was taken in January, when I hear the words "summer solstice" it reminds me of Stonehenge. Although we are scientifically celebrating the tilt of the Earth's semi-axis, the summer solstice is so much more than that. From the Latin sol sistere (the sun stands still), the summer solstice has been celebrated for … Continue reading Happy Summer Solstice

Ghosts in the Brick

I really dig historic architecture, and recently I've started to notice these old brick buildings that have been built over multiple times. The first of these buildings that I noticed is in Mainz, Germany. Just the other day I was wandering around Boston's Chinatown looking for dinner and what did I find around the corner? Another building that … Continue reading Ghosts in the Brick

Trier: The Rome of the North

After so many years of travel, it is difficult to choose one single place as a favorite, but there is one place stands out in my mind more than the others. Trier, Germany’s oldest city, and nicknamed, “the Rome of the North," calls me back again and again. Every visit to Trier is like the first … Continue reading Trier: The Rome of the North

Valetta, Malta: The Most Proud City

Even though I've only been back from Malta for about three months, there's no place that I miss more than this superbissima, or most proud city. My favorite place on this beautiful earth used to be Greece. Greece was bumped to the status of second place favorite after I landed in Valetta, Malta one day last January. This … Continue reading Valetta, Malta: The Most Proud City

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they were. I did a little bit of research, and I found out that the stone in Charlemagne’s throne probably came from the floor of a church in the Middle East. Apparently, … Continue reading Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

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

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