I really enjoyed spending time in the city. Spent most of my time just walking around, doing some decent runs, eating in outdoor cafe's (the weather was beautiful) and people watching. Oh, I also got to watch my first Ironman event, the European Championships that were being held (by pure luck) that same weekend.
I've been to four countries in Europe; Ireland, England, France and Germany. And it's only been to about as many cities. So obviously not a well rounded view of the EU. But I have to say this - every time I'm there, I can admire the lifestyle. I'm not saying it's better or worse than what I experience in the US, it's just different and I can appreciate and enjoy it's uniqueness.
There is a vibe that is different in every country I've ever visited - 8 in all I think to date. Germany was unique in ways that would take pages to describe and even then I'd have to search for the right words. But there were distinct things that I really liked about being there. Little things that might seem trivial. But as I've gotten older, it's the littler things I tend to focus on and appreciate.
For one, the food is awesome. But then again, my tastes are simple. How do you go wrong in the land of sausage and Hefeweizen (my favorite beer)?
Breakfast was included in my hotel stay, and consisted of about the most awesome buffet I've ever seen. In addition to my favorites of yogurt, muesli, granola, fruits - they also had cheeses (Gouda is my favorite), smoked salmon, sausage, pancetta, etc.. There were small loaves of hearty breads (seeds, nuts, sprouted grains, etc.) that you could slice off and decorate with bits of the meats and cheeses. I found this to be a pretty enjoyable breakfast, just small tastes of various things instead of a heaping pile of eggs and bacon.
|Pepper Grinders the size of Atlas rockets - be still my Slavic heart :-)|
|Proof I was there.... or at least moderately skilled at Photoshop|
|Skyline..meh... it's a bunch of tall buildings... next...|
|Frankfurt is the financial capital, thus the bull and bear (not shown). Note they didn't skimp on the metal when casting the.... realism of the bull..|
|At the Ironman Expo.... "I want to go to there..." - my next tri bike me thinks...|
|One look around, and you know you're in Germany.... or Frankemeuth, Michigan.|
|The 'locks on the bridge' is not just specific to here, but I think it's a hopeless romantic concept. |
Beautiful in the morning sun - adding a bit of humanity to a cold structure.
|Deutsch Ducks ?|
|Great running / walking trails and parks throughout the city|
|Even the 'No Dogs Allowed" signs are distinctly German|
|Modern shopping mall - nothing special inside. It was a shopping mall.|