For Lena Frankfurt Germany is returning home, for me it’s the official start of this journey. We were greeted at the airport by some of my favorite people, Lena’s family. During our stay we visited Frankfurt and Mainz.
Frankfurt does not have the ancient and modern mix as you would expect from a european city, largely because of the reconstruction after the war. Now the center has a look and feel similar to a typical american city, with a few historic cites spread throughout. Today its one of the largest cities in Germany and a melting pot.
Mainz is a smaller city on the river with a lot of buzz on the streets. We visited one of the oldest cathedrals in Germany and their impressive downtown full Fachwerk-Houses as you would expect from Germany.
Getting around was easy with the use of their excellent bicycle transit system (much like citi bike in NY, but way cheaper and better maintained). They have locations spread throughout the city. The outlook is the more people that ride bicycles; the less traffic, the more parking available and the less pollution in the air. Almost everyone in Mainz uses this system, including locals. One person can take up to four bikes at a time for visitors at no extra charge for less than 20 euro per year.
We also indulged in what I believe to be the best food on the planet, first was red curry bratwurst – a must when visiting Germany and my personal favorite Lena’s mother Albanian cooking – just take my word for it.
Leaving was difficult, especially with the extra 10 pounds I packed on. Thank you all for a wonderful stay, we miss you all already.