Mike und Charlotte in Deutschland!
Romerplatz, Frankfurt, Germany
September 4, 2008
We went to Germany this week! It was thrilling for me to be there, because I lived in Frankfurt when I was a kid. I haven’t been back since we moved away in 1988, so Mike and I decided to go visit Frankfurt this summer, twenty years later. The 13-year-old, German side of myself seems like a whole lifetime ago, so it was bizarre to go back and reawaken that part of my brain. It was a relief to discover that I remembered so much of the language and I could still navigate easily around town. I found my family’s apartment building and took Mike on a tour of all my favorite playgrounds. Ha! I gave him the children’s tour of Frankfurt!
Do I have any friends in Frankfurt who are reading this blog? If so, let me say how much I love your city! I’ll always love Frankfurt since I spent so much time there in my youth, but beyond that, it’s just a beautiful, stylish, friendly city that is a joy to visit again after all these years. I wish we could have stayed longer.
We stayed at the Radisson SAS hotel, which was a funky blue circle on the outside, and sleek and stylish inside.
Inside the hotel.
On the first day, we romped around in the rain and wandered through the city. Here’s the Hauptwache U-Bahn station (subway).
Here’s one for my Mom… Papier Kramer! We used to love to go to this stationery store near the Zeil shopping center.
I still drooled all over the pretty school supplies.
This was Frankfurt Elementary School at the time, and I went there for fifth and sixth grades.
Here we are at the Bundesbank duckpond. It rained all day, so we walked around like drowned rats. Apparently there is some newfangled contraption called an umbrella that we could have bought, so I should look into that next time.
Crossing the footbridge toward GrÃ¼neberg park.
Here’s another photo for my Mom. When my brother and I were kids, we made the mistake of telling her that we’d seen a drug deal go on in this very spot at GrÃ¼neberg Park. From that moment on, we were never allowed to go to that park without a parent. I suppose she feared that we’d buy drugs. So I finally had the chance to go there without Mom and Dad, so obviously I brought a 50 Euro note and stood in that spot and waited. 😀
The German people are so bilingual that signs everywhere flipped back and forth between German and English. I got such a chuckle out of all the Germlish we encountered everywhere. I feel really lucky to have grown up speaking an internationally recognized language, and I’m humbled by how much the people of Frankfurt made an effort to speak to us in English. Foreign visitors in the US or UK wouldn’t find the same in return, unfortunately.
Yesterday we had lunch at this cafe. Despite the rainy climate, Frankfurt is full of outdoor cafes that we loved.
We spent Thursday afternoon at the Palmengarten, a botanical garden. I like this photo of the communication tower rising over the waterfall.
It’s funny that I didn’t take pictures of the flowers, but I photographed the stinging nettles. I got attacked by a plant like this one while taking pictures of Richard and Lizzie at their wedding. It didn’t feel nice on my bare legs with open-toe dress shoes. I took a picture of it to remember for next time!
This is the cave under the waterfall.
We got a little lost while wandering through the elaborate rainforest greenhouses.
The flowers were beautiful at the Palmengarten.
I told Mike to look manly among the flowers.
We found this cool bowl-shaped swing, so of course we had to try it.
This is the RÃ¶mer, Frankfurt’s town hall.
The RÃ¶merplatz is a beautiful square filled with half-timbered houses and plenty of tourists.
We had our final Frankfurt dinner at this restaurant in the RÃ¶merplatz.
While we were eating, the Beer Bike went by. Awesome.
Mike grinned while watching the Beer Bike, then he announced that Germany is a country that has its priorities exactly right.
What a great trip it was!