Frankfurt, Germany

We arrived in Frankfurt about noon local time, returning to the heavy cloud cover and cold drizzle that seemed to have settled over Western Europe for the long term. We had no room reservations and I wanted to do some research at the train station, but Bob lit out on foot, me running on my crippled feet to keep up, pulling my luggage behind me. We found a Hotel Adler about two blocks from the bahnhof (railway station), with a lift to its reception on the fourth floor (a good sign, pricewise, I thought). Over the ground-floor intercom, the clerk offered a double for 85 Duetschmarks, about $30 US each. We took it and found it very nice with bath en suite including a good shower (but limited hot water).

Franfort was sweet serendipity. Click > to play video. Double-click the image to make fullscreen.

We walked around for about three miles, seeing all the skyscrapers owned by banks (including "my bank"—Citibank), and after noting the high cost of dining in local restaurants, ended up at Chi Chi's, a northeastern US Mexican restaurant chain, for our one meal other than the airline service. (Mexican food seems to be popular in Frankfurt as we saw a variety of restaurants purporting to offer this cuisine.) A friend from Pennsylvania had told me that Chi Chi's is not very good. We opted for the buffet lunch, which was relatively inexpensive, but still cost us $15 US each with beverage and tips. It was the worst "Mexican" meal I have ever eaten, and certainly considering the price, the worst meal of our world tour. For example, instead of finely chopped lettuce and tomatoes for tacos on the buffet, they offered tossed-salad-style lettuce and tomatoes. Instead of Mexican refried and/or black beans, they had only chili, and not very good chili at that.

After resting in our room for an hour or so, we set out to see if there was any "old" Frankfurt to contrast with the ultra-modern city we'd toured earlier. But it was still blowing rain and cold so, arriving at the bahnhof, we looked into a ride into the countryside, and opted for a roundtrip to Wiesbaden that cost us $12 US apiece. Bob declined to leave the train station there, however, so our visit to one of Europe's most famous spa cities of the 19th century was limited to the inside of its bahnhof.

Daily expense tally—room, food, transit: $57



 © Jon Kennedy 1996, 2009