Photo Friday: Frankfurt

The European Central Bank – I like the reflection of the historic building in the windows
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We arrived in Frankfurt by train from Berlin bright and early. We thought this would just be a quick stop on our way to the airport.

We were exhausted from all of our adventures, so we thought we would finally step foot on a tour bus for the first time this trip. We realized that we had not been in a car during the entire journey! How refreshing!

We took the train from our hotel near the airport, to the main train station, with the idea of hopping on a tourist bus. But when we got to the tourist information center, the woman informed us that Frankfurt is small enough to walk.

So, we set out on foot to explore the city. And we loved it!

We were too tired to go into any actual museums or anything, so we spent the day like locals.

We ate bratwurst from a stand outside the train station, walked through the city taking in the mix of old and new, ate pastries by the river, and finished the day in a residential neighborhood with one of the most authentic meals we had the entire trip.

The Bratwurst stand outside the train station where we had lunch
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We did not consult a guide book for the first time in weeks, and just enjoyed exploring the city without plans or agenda. It was decadent.

What struck me most about Frankfurt was the contrast of history and progress. Castles stand side by side on the same street with sky scrapers.

An Occupy Frankfurt demonstration outside the Central European Bank illustrated the ongoing debate about the European Union and Germany’s role in the Union.

It was delightful to experience the city without feeling like tourists. My favorite part had to be simply sitting outside in a residential area we discovered and watching the world go by. I hope we get to return and do more of that.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to take this trip. It was an extraordinary opportunity to visit places with such rich history. The museums and cafes and food and lifestyle were simply seductive. I must go back.

But for now, I will have to survive by looking back at some of my favorite photos. Here are my favorites from Frankfurt.

Castles next to skyscrapers – A great reminder that we don’t have to tear down the old to make way for the new
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The Occupy Frankfurt demonstration
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A cafe outside the Opera House
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One of the signs from the Occupy Frankfurt demonstration. I don’t know what it says, but I figure that anything with Millionaire and Democratic on the same sign is probably something I would be interested in
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The view across the river
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The Beer Garden where we had our last meal in Europe. It was a charming neighborhood restaurant where everyone knew each other. Such a perfect ending!
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Flowers from a neighborhood shop
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What do you think? Have you ever been on a trip and just decided to skip all of the tourist attractions and live like a local? When and where? What was that like? If not, does that sound like something that appeals to you or do you feel like if you are going to go somewhere, you have to see the most famous destinations in that location?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading.      


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27 responses to “Photo Friday: Frankfurt

  1. Frankfurt is an amazing city – ages since we’ve been though.

  2. the Jotter's Joint

    Beautiful pictures as always.

  3. I have never been to Franfurt but your photos are stunning! The contrast between the old and the new is remarkable. I agree that walking around a city is the best way to get to know it. I spent several days in London doing just that and loved it!

  4. Some of my favorite memories from Europe were when we put the guide book and plans on the shelf and just wandered. I would plan on doing that much more next time! 🙂
    Sounds like such a great time in Frankfurt! I definitely want to experience it some day.

  5. Jenni,
    When Hubs and I went to Italy!!!
    We rented a car, got cursed at by the locals, and loved every minute of it!!!
    And, BTW….
    GORGOUS photos.
    You are growing in your skill dear one!!!!
    Love, Lis

  6. I lived in southern Germany for seven months on a work assignment in 1989, and it was such an amazing experience to “live as a local”. You get an entirely different perspective that way. It’s difficult to do that when you’re only visiting a place for a few days, and that’s why I usually allow myself to get lost and discover the back roads and side streets on my trips.

    • That sounds incredible. I would love to live abroad for a few years. But even if not, setting aside some time to just wander aimlessly on a trip seems like the way to go. Thanks so much for your comment!!

  7. Actually I’m not into the touristy sites. I love mingling with locals and doing just what you did in Frankfurt! That’s my favourite thing to do when traveling.

    • I hear you. But it’s hard not to feel the pressure to see the sites like the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower if you are only in a place once. But I need to make sure to havve some unscheduled time in the future. Thanks so much for reading!

  8. Oh this looks like a wonderful trip! I would love to have the opportunity to do something similar someday. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

  9. Great photos, Jen! Our favorite way to see a new city is to get on one of those double decker tour buses first thing. That way, we can get a quick view of the place, orient ourselves, and then spend time poking about the places we thought might be interesting. Guide books? not so much…xoxoM

  10. I loved the photo of the castle beside the glass tower. You don’t often find such a contrast in architecture. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! 🙂

    • newsofthetimes

      Thank you!! Thta really struck me as well. It made me think we shouldn’t rush to tear things down so much…Thanks so much for the comment and for stopping by.

  11. Hi Jenni. Great post and interesting pictures. You had to have had a wonderful time. On my first trip to Freeport Bahamas, I decided to skip our tour guide’s tour of the city. We went to several hot spots and market places and dined at a beautiful restaurant. I was having the time of my life. f I had taken the tour, I can’t imagine me having as much fun.

  12. The game of “make believe I’m a local” is a favourite – and is probably the ultimate goal for travellers I think as it allows us opportunities to explore the culture and way of life of a country/city in a way we never could as tourists. While speaking the language is the most direct route into this ‘game’, it’s far easier to manage in Europe, where it’s more likely (if you’re dressed right) to blend in and look like a local, than it is – for me a large middle+ aged white female – to achieve in Asia, for example. I do live here, in Sri Lanka, and even speaking Sinhala I’m never taken seriously as a local – except among my friends, who forget I’m not. But in Europe, in Europe it works a treat. The first time I played it I was in Venice. I rented an apartment, and went to school to learn Italian, and lived as much like a local as I could for three glorious months. Even then, it was hard to meet locals, on equal terms, unless you join their clubs and churches, because lets face it – you’re not a real local … 🙂

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