"The Little Blue Man"

Trip Start May 25, 2013
Trip End Jun 23, 2013

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Hotel Europa Style Frankfurt
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Friday, June 21, 2013

The value of having wifi internet is demonstrated this morning when l open my gmail. I find one from DB Railways advising that our train to Frankfurt this morning has been rescheduled to leave half an hour earlier!

Suddenly there are phone calls and a mad scramble. We all rendezvous at Berlin's main station for a 9.03 ICE train, only to wait until 9.25am for departure.

Then five become three.

With great anticipation of a fine German menu on board, l find that half the items are out of stock. DB seems to have at least four Little Blue Men working the diner and first class carriages, as well as two ticket inspectors, but is certainly outdone by the French TGV on this occassion. (Their array of foods ranged from a three course dinner down!) It's microwaved scrambled eggs and bread with coffee for now, but it fills a gap while l watch the German countryside pass at a very average 140km/hour.

Frankfurt Hbf station is another monolithic structure built in the 1880's with three glass and iron halls covering over 20 platforms and the suburban S-bahn below them. A motley assortment of characters mingle with the masses of people scurrying across the concourse. Even more are camped in the surrounding streets as we make our way to our hotel.

Hotel Europa is a small establishment around the corner from the station. It is a smart, newly renovated room - and has double doors to a balcony AND air conditioning! AND an allegedly free minibar that, aside from alcohol, contains chocolate!

The next four hours before Gayle's departure are spent wandering the banks of the Main River, grabbing dinner at a riverside cafe and discovering the Old Town.

And suddenly, as we dispatch Gayle onto a train to the airport, we are down to two... a perfect number for sharing kaffe und küchen and playing guessing games about the passers-by at the station... And Frankfurt has about 350,000 of them a day, says Wikipedia! Numerous blue-clad DB railways staff also busy themselves. Every German city has had a modern DB skyscraper, and I can see why now. The workforce must be enormous and the timetabling horrendous!

Surprisingly (or perhaps not!) Frankfurt station has a bakery and cake shop selling excellent cakes. One apfelküchen (apple) and one himbeere (raspberry) sponge cake complete the evening and we retire to our room to relive the past month, explore German TV and rest up before the dreaded 26 hour flights ahead...

"The Little Blue Man" by Betty Johnson
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Ian on

A European train rescheduled then a late departure - preposterous!

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