First stop - Frankfurt.

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Arrived safely in Frankfurt,Germany. Our flights were, thankfully, uneventful - no delays or problems along the way. When traveliing you certainly gain an appreciation of how far away Australia is from most of the rest of the world. Using the electronic flight tracker on the plane, it was awesome to think of the countries and oceans over which we were flying. Woke up on the plane and thought of Dianne Viant - a friend who is currently teaching in Iraq. We were flying over that part of the world - Turkey and Iraq -  and as I looked down at the smattering of lights, I wondered which ones might be Erbil.

Frankfurt is an interesting mixture of the old and the new. Having been subjected to massive bombings during world war two, much of it has been rebuilt. Whilst it is friendly, clean and easy to get around, it's history has resulted in it lacking a little bit of character, compared with many other European cities. Nonetheless this has suited us as we are only here for three days - mainly to get over our jet lag.

As per our way of travelling the first thing we did was to walk the city streets taking in the local sights from our hotel in the south of the city.. A two kilometre walk and we were in the city centre straight into our first Christmas Markets.

Now the Germans might not be known for their sense of humour but they do know how to do a market ! Rows of stalls selling everything from xmas decorations to various nic nacs. Mention must be made  of the  food & drinking outlets where the crowds mill around the stalls with steam coming from the various types of  hot gluigwiess alcoholic drinks. The concoction can vary to your desired taste - be it wine  or apple cider with various spices.

The atmosphere is fun & friendly with everybody full of christmas cheer. This has been a great way to start the trip.

A short train ride took us to the town of Mainz. This is far more 'traditional' European with cobblestoned, winding streets in the old part of town and, of course, the Rhine river. A lovely place to walk around. This town also boasts a magnificant cathedral which is said to have had its beginnings one thousand years ago. Again, such beauty and history around almost every corner.

Tomorrow we are heading to Dusseldorf, where we will stay only one night on our way to Hamburg. The first stop of our trip is over already, but the adventure continues.
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Rob n Al on

Glad you arrived safely & have so enjoyed reading your 1st entry over a mint green tea Del xx It looks cold as we have another 30 today .xxx

Kerrie on

Mainz is on our list too. Now I'm glad it is. Thanks for the info.

Cathy on

hi del
Just started to read about your travels- very envious. I'm gald your enjoying the cold as we swelter in the heat 39 degrees tomorrow they tell us... Don't you miss it! 2 weeks to go and its my favourite time CHRISTMAS! I know how you love all that Christmas Cheer.. ho ho ho
PS Did you really eat that huge frankfurter- its bigger than you are

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