Day 8: Frankfurt

Trip Start Dec 14, 2012
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Trip End Jan 04, 2013


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

We wake up at 6 -decide to go jogging -a good way to see a city as you cover a larger area than just walkimg. We run down from our hotel (Westin grande) to the river - past the jewish museum (Judische Museum) then past the Erupean Central bank building with its large Euro sign in front to the Alte Oper whi h looks stunning bathed in light and not a single human in sight! Lots of rabbits running around - looks like a plague (almost as bad as in Australia)! We slow down at Goethestrasse with all the fancy brand names stores such as Armani; Buberry; Tiffanys; Hermes and of course Salvatore Ferragamo! We continue - past L'Ocitane (bath products we had on board our ship) - have to retract our steps where they are building new apartments. Then we have a slight difference of opinion how to get back to the hotel.We pass the Euro bank twice but in the end logic prevails. We retrace our steps. back past the Judische Museum and get back at 7:30 - just in time to shower and meet Jody, Bruce and Elmarie. for breakfast. What the hotel lacked last night at dinner, they make up at breakfast with an enormeous selection. Honey comb from the bee hives on the roof of the building - tastes really good.. Unfortunately, the service is just not the same as on board the boat. We miss the criendly faces and wonderful service on board our boat!

We pack, say goodbye to Jody and is picked up by Gerhard number 2 (Walter's brother),
Gerhard number 3 (our son) and Jennie.

We visit the Judische meseum - a sad but necessary reminder of the past - history of Germany during Nazi Germany. Two art exhibitions - one by Charlotte Salomon (who died in Auschwitz-Birkenau) and one by Arnold Daghaniwho survived Michailowka camp in the Ukraine. Very dark. One wall has all the names of Frankfurt Jews who died in camps. I find a Max And Emil Adler (the names of my great grandfather and his brother on my mother's side.

Coffee at Ursula (Walter's sister) and Dieter's place in Eppstein. They clebrated their 25 th wedding amniversary.
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