Frankfurt, Germany (Day 2)
“One thing I love about Germany- their endless supply of delicious sandwiches! I know I should watch my carbohydrate intake, but I love a good sandwich and Germany has not let me down. On our way to Romer Square, we were on the lookout for breakfast. Well, mostly I was craving a pastry, but we stopped at this bakery that had a selection of sandwiches and pastries. Samuel convinced me that we needed something to give us energy for the day’s events, and most likely, a pastry wouldn’t do that. We opted for a fresh tomato mozzarella sandwich instead. YUM!
Because of the hot, humid weather and dense, tourist-filled crowds, we quickly passed through Romer Square, but managed to take a couple of great photos (despite the sun beaming directly into our faces!).
Samuel and I meandered through the city streets in search of Café Karin. We enjoyed a typical German style breakfast, but with a little classy twist:
2 glasses still water
1 glass cranberry juice for me
1 glass of Apfelwein (Samuel’s favorite drink)
Bread, cream cheese with chives, smoked salmon, hard-boiled egg
It was an altogether A+ meal.
With our bellies full and satisfied, we ventured down into the U-Bahn for the first time. Our next destination was to visit the Naturmuseum Senckenberg next to Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. It cost us €18 and we explored for about an hour. Let’s just say we learned that we are not museum buffs that day. It wouldn’t have been half as bad if they had an English audio tour, which I’ve seen at the Paragon Museum in Berlin. They had a huge dinosaur fossil and animal/bird taxonomy exhibit, which was interesting, but it was a shame we couldn’t understand the informational texts.
Samuel and I were still adjusting to the time difference and decided to take a mid-day nap. We awoke rejuvenated, but famished. I was really craving Italian food, specifically fettuccine alfredo. After much searching, we stumbled upon a bar restaurant who was advertising on their specials board fettuccine alfredo. What luck! The pasta was served on a bed of arugula with cherry tomatoes and walnuts sprinkled on top. It was delicious!
It was late and we needed to head back to the apartment to repack our bags, but we wanted to have our last look at the city. We walked further than we have before and stumbled upon the mecca of all shopping districts…and the shops were all closed because it was around 10pm. It is typical over here for everything to close around 8pm, which is insane to wrap my American mind around.
I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to explore more of the shopping district, but we are in Germany, right? I can “shop till I drop” when I get home (that’s if we don’t go completely broke on this trip)!”
And that ends our stay in Frankfurt. My next postings will be about us trekking through the Rhine River Valley of Germany.
Have a woodsy weekend, everyone!