Since we're so poor and work all day we really don't have the ability to travel outside of our town (at least for now). So lately we've been exploring the sights around Jena. Luckily, as is the case with pretty much everywhere outside of the USA, there's all kinds of history right here in our valley.
For instance, here are a few facts about this small city that you probably have never heard of. Jena has Luther's original tombstone and the world's first planetarium. It was a frequent stomping ground for Geothe and Napoleon marched through. Coolest of all: the Carl Zeiss company was founded here.
There's also a medieval town center and castles or towers on almost every hill surrounding the city.
The closest old-stone-thing to our house is the Friedensberg WWI memorial. We found it quite by accident - we wandered up the hill and I saw a tiny trail going into a clump of trees at the top. I jokingly said, "I wonder if there's a castle in there?" So we went in (with Jenna gagging and screaming because plants were brushing against her legs and there might be bugs). We found a huge round stone wall! Circling round we found the entrance and it turned out to be a WWI memorial by the name of Friedensberg.
|The gate to Friedensberg memorial|
|Jenna inside the Friedensberg memorial in Jena, Germany. The inscription behind her reads:|
"DIE TOTEN | DER KRIEGE | MAHNEN | ZUM FRIEDEN"
"THE DEAD | THE WARS | ADMONISH | FOR PEACE"
|The big pretty hill near our house with Friedensberg at the top|
|Ready for work (with Carlos in the background!)|
|A really old church (with a gigantic crack in it) in Lobeda, Germany|
|Lobeda, Germany - Notice the "No Crapping Dogs" sign|
|A really small hummingbird|
Lobdeburg, a 13th century castle perched on a hill overlooking the Saale valley. It was all kinds of neat and broken down. Some organization is attempting to preserve it from further decay - thus the fences and braces you can see in the pictures below.
|Lobdeburg Castle, Lobeda Germany|