House in old Mainz
One of the reasons some people don’t visit Europe is the effort required to get there. Cramped in a tight space next to about 300 other people for about 11 hours isn’t on most people’s list of fun things to do. Kathy and I were fortunate to get an oversized area where we could spread out and enjoy the flight to Philadelphia and then on to Frankfurt, Germany. It was too early to check in at our hotel so we picked up the rental car and went straight to Mainz to visit the Gutenberg Museum. Here are memorialized the tools that would forever change the world of communication. Also memorialized is an original copy of the first edition of the Gutenberg Bible. How rare is this? Well, they house it in a vault, which should tell you something of its importance. Kathy finally got what she went there for: a copy of a page from the Gutenberg Bible (the book of Revelation). Right across the courtyard from the museum is the world famous St. Martins Church. It is a Romanesque cathedral started in 975 and finished in 1239. It dominates old Mainz. In spite of the fact that 90% of old Mainz was destroyed by bombing during the last war, the ancient church still looms over the old city. Thanks to those of you who are praying about our trip we had a rain free day.