A couple of weeks ago I headed to Europe for a short business trip. While there, I stopped in Mainz, Germany -- the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg and the original movable type. Here are a few pictures from the day spent in Mainz.
When I saw this cookie, I thought that it would be a nice souvenir to bring back to Ben. However, I figured that after a week of traveling to two different countries and multiple plane takeoffs and landings, he'd only receive a crumb or two that would be really quite pathetic. So, I decided to take a photo of the cookie instead. I did buy chocolate from this booth.
When I saw this Christmas tree ornament made out of a cookie, I immediately thought about the tradition of passing down ornaments through generations. This cookie ornament was exactly the sort of thing I could picture finding in an old box of heirlooms (assuming the cookies kept).
I like how this walnut man ornament/figurine looks like he's wearing a Hawaiian shirt. It's such an odd little craft to make, and it's an even odder decision for its artist to say "hey, let's put a Hawaiian shirt on him."
Another example of Christmas handicrafts -- this being a little man made out walnut. He's not really tipped, but I chose the keep this photo at a horizontal orientation because I wanted a consistent album.
This building's exterior was absolutely gorgeous and I don't think my photo does it justice. I believe that these are some of the oldest buildings -- if not the oldest in Mainz. Along the front were various date markings commemorating various anniversaries of the structure.
I don't remember the lighting at this point in time being so drab but I do believe we were approaching the late afternoon or early evening. This is right after we visited the Gutenberg Museum and I was officially and utterly cold and jet-lagged.
The look on my face says "there is no way I can hold onto my dignity when I'm holding onto a bratwurst." Still, I try to muster enough dignity to make sure that this picture doesn't look completely obscene. The credit for this picture goes to Barak (whatever that's worth).