Published: July 2nd 2012July 2nd 2012
I love traveling. End of story. I had such a fantastic time in Frankfurt, Germany. We left our residence at 3:30 AM, but the taxi we hired never showed up, so we had to flag one down at King's Cross. The taxi took us to the bus stop, which took us to the airport, which took us to Germany. Yes, I know what you're thinking--it must have taken forever. You are correct if you thought this. Although once we got on the plane we arrived very quickly. Getting to Frankfurt from the airport was a different story--it takes two hours to get from Frankfurt Hahn airport to Frankfurt...weird, I know. Mind you it was also extremely hot (something I've forgotten since being in London). After all of this we finally got to our hotel in Frankfurt and then explored the area around us.
The rest of the evening was excellent. We took the train, which requires you to buy tickets, but there is no machine or person to check them, so in essence it is free. I discovered a shop with German products like nutcrackers, steins, and music boxes. I caved in and bought a carousel for myself and a
beautiful German Christmas decoration for my mom. After shopping for what seemed liked hours we had a lovely dinner at a German place near the city center with delicious food and drinks. Of course after this we had to get authentic Haagen-Dazs from around the corner--vanilla caramel brownie and salted caramel. Life does not get better.
Saturday was by far my favorite. We took two tours--one to the gorgeous city of Heidelberg and one along the river Rhine. Heidelberg is known for its gorgeous castle and quaint town. We walked through the town, visited a 200 year old bakery, drank beverages (if you know what I mean), and took pictures with Germans. I felt like a German after visiting Heidelberg. After the morning trip there we took our boat ride along the river Rhine, which was absolutely stunning. Along the river there are numerous towns, vineyards, and castles. The boat ride was about an hour and a half, but it should have been for the whole day considering the beauty of the landscape. Then we had a lovely dinner along the riverside followed by a wine tasting. I discovered that authentic German ice wine is one of the most
delicious drinks ever made. It has two tastes and is slightly sweet, so you can drink it with a meal, on its own, or even as dessert! I considered buying some for my mom, but lord knows how I would get it back to London (our airline only allowed one carry on) let alone the United States. Apparently it's also made in New York, so I am determined to track it down!!
To get the full German experience on Saturday night we decided to go out, but of course we had no clue where we were going as everyone speaks German and all the maps are in German. It was also raining at this point, so I was a bit flustered, but after wandering around for about an hour we settled on a place called The Tower, which looks like a tower. We enjoyed drinks and just relaxed. I loved it! However, getting home was another adventure. The trains were closed at this point (1:30 AM) and we could not find the stops for the night bus. We asked a man in the train station who told us to take the train even though it was closed and proceeded
to ask us to pay him, so we did. We resorted to taking a taxi as clearly the public transportation was not going to happen. After arriving to the hotel we discoverd that our key card was not working for the second time (a joy to deal with at 2 AM), but we got it fixed and zonked out right away.
Other than that I have no other updates. Overall, Germany is a beautiful place, but very confusing when you do not speak German. I was happy to go back to London in that sense, but I would have loved to see more cities like Berlin, Cologne (where my grandmother was born), Hamburg, and Munich. Hopefully one day I'll get to go back...perhaps with my dad as it was his mother who was born there.
Please keep reading my blog as I'll be updating everyone after my 4th of July celebrations, more afternoon tea, and possibly this really cool place called the Icebar...oh, and a lovely dinner cruise along the river Thames. Thank you to those who have been reading so far. It is a joy to keep friends and family up to date with travels!