Sunday, September 6, 2009

Um Jena.

So we took a little walk around Jena with the camera today. We started here at our home in Jena Ost.

We moved in here on the first of the month. The first four full sized windows on the lowest level are ours. The apartment is not large but big enough for the two of us. Currently, we have a roommate. We only pay half rent this month but we don't have the full space. From here, we caught the tram. It's across the river Saale to get to the fourth stop: StadtZentrum (city center). This was the goal of our trip. From anywhere in Jena, one can see the Jena tower:
Jena Tower was built when this was all East Germany. It's not entirely ugly, but definitive of the time and place. It does make me wonder if the Communists were trying to say, "you see, we have sky-scrapers here too." To the right of this view, there is a great showcase of older European buildings:
On the left, you can see a tower that at one time served as the main entrance to the city. A wall surrounded the city and outside of that, a moat. There are just a few remnants of the old fortifications (to be seen later). First, we wanted to have lunch, so we walked past Jena tower and the surrounding mall to find our way to Wagnerstrasse:

Wagnerstrasse still resembles it's premodern self as a narrow street made of brick. The pattern of the brick street resembles that in the Imperial City in Oblivion. Anyhow, these days it is lined with restaurants and bars. This is where we had lunch. You find the wierdest thing if you turn back towards Jena tower on this end of Wagnerstrasse.
Yes, that bar is called Cheers. They serve hamburgers with french fries, BBQ, chicken wings and everything else you expect in an American sports bar. My wife and I ate there once. We each had a burger. At first, it tasted good because we hadn't had anything American in a few weeks. After the third bite, however, we realized these were the worst burgers on the face of the Earth. Mine sat in my stomach like a lead brick. Moving away from Jena Tower, along Wagnerstrasse, you get more romantic views.

It's a pretty street. You can see a hill in the background. One thing I've learned about Jena is that it seems there isn't any crime. People don't seem to steal things and so stuff is often left just sitting in the most convenient place. The only exception I have heard of is bicycles. The one on the right is, in fact, chained up. Going further up Wagnerstrasse, on the right, there is a church, Baptist I think.
As we looked around, we also found this view.
Taking a better look at this tower, we discovered the tower for a whole other church.

This other church was in a cemetery and thus I didn't want to take pictures where people might not want me to. Instead, I did get this better shot of the church tower.
I almost forgot. In the same little area was this gorgeous old house. I presume this is where the pastor lives.
From here, we turned back along another road towards town. I got this shot at another part of the old city wall.

I decided to get some better views of the remnants of the city wall. Here is the same tower viewed from the opposite side.
In the other direction, you can see the main city entrance again.

This area is pretty open and my wife took a picture of this great statue/fountain.
We still wanted to end this journey taking a look at the old Catholic church, Friedrich-Schiller University and the market square. You head directly east to see the old Catholic church.

Along the way, there was interesting German art.
We finally did get to the church. Here is another view of it's clock-tower.

I liked this view of the church.

I also liked this one.
Past the church, you can see the university.
Notice it too, has a clock tower. There are multiple options on getting to the market square. We could have chosen to go past this pretty building.

Instead, we chose a cosier route.
Once in the market, it is impossible to miss the old Rathaus (city hall).
Not to mention it's clock tower.

We also noticed this pidgeon in the market square.
My wife claims she wanted a picture of the fountain here, but I think she just likes the birds.

The other side of the market square gives a good view of some of the architecture.

If you haven't noticed yet, I like taking pictures of towers.

Being done at the market, we started to head back home. I couldn't help though taking another picture of the city.
Ok, two.

We finally got home to enjoy the little yard our building has in the back.

I think that seems like a nice place to enjoy a beer now.


  1. Glad to see that you two are adjusting well to the transition. Thanks for the short tour!
    Ray and Cornelia

  2. I have to admit that I didn't notice the birds in the picture of the fountain until you pointed them out here...

  3. Great pics/blog...I *almost* feel like I've seen your new city, now :)

  4. Thanks for the tour! It looks like a beautiful city. I am eager for the next entry.

  5. @Megan, you practically have. European cities are really dense and only about a hundred-thousand people live here.

  6. So, I guess I am not the only one running a gamespot blog and a blogger one lol. Also, great name for your blog.

  7. Jena looks like a pretty decent place to be! Glad to see that you're having fun there. But you know what would be even more fun? Grading astronomy labs! Jason and I were thinking of sending you a few papers just for old times' sake. (By the way, did you know that stars move south?)

    Good luck to Melanie with the job stuff.

    Jeremy (and Jason)

  8. I happily never have to teach astronomy lab again, damnit!

  9. Wow, those are lovely! You're acclimating very quickly, both good bits of news! Congrats on the move. :)


  10. I thought that in Germany they ate only German food. It was a surprise to me hat they eat American food too. The neighborhoods reminded me of "old timey" places. It was interesting. I would love to walk on the cobblestone streets, and even though there aren't any horses (at least not in the pictures), I would like to hear the "clip-clop" of their hooves. I would love to go to Germany!!! Hope you're having fun!!!!! Kirstin

  11. Nice to see some people outside of Gamespot. Great photos, the place you live now looks pretty. The architecture in particular seems nice. Hope you are settling in.