Trip Start Aug 13, 2004
Trip End Sep 11, 2004

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Sunday, August 15, 2004

We arrived to the land of the frankfurter and apelfwein, feeling relaxed and slightly classy, having flown emirates via Dubai eating lobster and rib eye steak. Our 2 hour stop in Dubai shopping duty free resulted in a pair of sneakers for Rob and pantyhose for Louise. Our shopping was suddenly put to a stop when Mr Moir and Mr Wine in arabic prononciation were called over the loudspeaker and rushed to board, keeping all the passengers waiting an extra 15 minutes.
* Handy tip - Shoes electronics and alcohol are really cheap here!!!

Upon arrival we were transferred to the Arabella Sheraton in an S-Class Mercedes. Rob was very excited cruising down the AUTOBAHN at 160km/hr. Whhewww!! Louise didn't know the difference but was careful not to ruin the upholstery.

The train and streetcar (tram) is the best way to get around Frankfurt. Remember to push 50 and Einzelfahrt (I think), the fare being $1.70 Euro one way. However there are no ticketing gates and few conductors, so if your'e short of change, you could ride it for free but be warned of a 30 EURO fine.

1st stop - Haptwache - great shopping at the galeria, and nice place to relax and enjoy a beer or latte machiatto.

2nd stop - Sachsenhausen - we took the advice of the lonely planet and walked cobblestone streets to Fichte-Kranzi where we sampled frankfurters and apelfwein with the best potato mash in the world, served straight to your plate using an icing bag.

3rd stop - Romerberg - Next day - There is not much left of the old city in Frankfurt from the bombings in 1944. The Romerberg and the buildings surrounding the city square is all that remains, but well worth seeing.
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