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Published: September 1st 2013
Travel 101: make sure you’re in the right train station. That’s a basic rule of thumb – but I almost made that fatal mistake. Mind you, Paris has 6 train stations. I almost went to the wrong station. ALMOST. At the last minute I decided to actually read the ticket and gasp – that was a close call! When planning for this trip – I thought last day in France would be all about relaxing in Paris – so it’s ok to take 6.40 am train to Frankfurt. Then last minute I added Mont St Michel – which is a full 12-13 hours day trip. With packing and stuff, that leaves me with 3.5 hours of sleep.
I was (trying to) run with full backpack on. I must’ve look like a penguin. But apparently, I didn’t have to run after all. The train was delayed 40 mins. Well, more time to buy macaron pistache to go. On the train, an officer gave us form to fill up in case we want partial refund. It’s all in Deutsch though.
From Ibis Centrum it’s about 20-30 mins leisurely walk to the old town (Römer square). The square is gorgeous with 15th
century style gothic buildings although not original (most are reconstructions). Many tourists flock here, mostly in bulks. But if you wait just a little bit, the crowds died down and you’ll get a better shot of the place. Walk around a bit and you’ll see Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral, or from the Eiserner Steg (Iron bridge) above Main river you’ll get to see the Frankfurt skyline which shows both the old & new Frankfurt.
There are also many shops nearby but I would say the prices are not as touristy as other big cities. I tasted the ice cream but it was nowhere near Amorino gelato I’ve tasted in Paris. Right on the square, there’s a particular restaurant BBQ-ing outside, ahhh the smell is sooo tempting!
Another famous spot to take picture in Frankfurt in front of European Central Bank headquarter where you can find the famous giant Euro logo. But to get there, you need to take like 10-15 mins walk from Römer berg.
The tourist office lady at the Römer square is annoying though. I was politely asking where to purchase stamp, then when I walked out – they bad mouth me in Deutsch. I thought
my Deutsch was completely gone as I didn’t use it for so many years, but apparently that 2.5 years course still help me understand what people were saying. When she bad mouth me, I turned right back and gave her my piece of mind.
For some reason I’m not too excited about Frankfurt though. I went back early to catch up some sleep – and saw there’s actually a gorgeous sunset outside. And surprisingly… I’m not interested to grab my camera and go. Well, sometimes you just need a break even within a vacation. And today is one of those days.
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