Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately. J was gone to Africa for 11 days
on a work trip and got home last Monday. We left on Tuesday
for a fantastic trip to Brugge (which Ill blog about soon!).
We'vebeen so busy since we returned, that I havent
had a chance to sit down and write until now.
We've been to a few Christmas markets and I cant wait to blog
about them, but first I wanted to tell you about a
trip that we took in October to Mainz.
It's a beautiful old city that was hit devastatingly hard during WWII.
It's filled with old, unique cathedrals which was the
motivation for our trip.
The star of the city is St. Martin's Cathedral in the center
of town. It is enormous, gorgeous and...
Yes, you read that right. It was a very unique and very
morbid cathedral, unlike one that we have ever seen before.
I'll get more into that in a moment.
The day that we were there, they were having a farmer's market
in the central square, in front of St. Martin's.
In 32º weather.
It was FREEZING cold!
Gorgeous, bright flowers, despite the cold.
Fresh fall & winter veggies!
The entrance to St. Martin's
Eerie neon green lights...
So here's where it gets morbid...
I've never seen skeletons in a church as decoration.
They were everywhere, on everything.
Can you tell what's going on in this photo?
See the skeleton?
He's helping someone into (or perhaps out of) a coffin.
Here's a winged skeleton hovering over the pope's hat, among other things.
And another one....
this one has a bone between it's teeth.
An angel slaying the devil
Tombs on site
A scary looking skeleton
A headless statue...holding his own head
Like I said, morbid
There were others too...
A scalped man holding his hands to his head, creatures slaying each other,
more skeletons and tombs, among other things.
It was very cool, but very strange.
We've never seen anything quite like it.
Another view of the cathedral
Odd Frankenstein-like statue
St. Stephen's Church was my favorite. It was built in 990 and heavily damaged in WWII
but it is gorgeous! The windows were all designed and made
by Russian Jewish artist Chagall.
They are a beautiful, glowing blue color.
Back of the church
The beautiful windows
The entire inside of the church was a glowing blue.
It reminded me of being under the water in the ocean.
Mainz is a beautiful town, rich in history and I would love to
go back and visit again in warmer weather.
There was a great shopping district that Id love to explore!
Happy Monday Everyone!