Guten Tag, Frankfurt!
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We arrived in Frankfurt earlier than scheduled, around 9am rather than the original scheduled time of 9:30. So the answer to question #1 is Yes. During dinner I watched the movie "Because I said so" with Mandy Moore. I thought it was cute. Our flight also had a bit of "eye candy" with a group of handsome soldiers. One young man was in our row and was a fun talker. Once they landed they had a 5 hour bus ride to their station. There was also a "High maintenance woman" in front of me. Nothing seemed to please her and she made a rude comment about "how can all these Americans afford to go to Germany."
Question #2's answer was approximately 30-45 minutes of a twilight sleep listening to the music of King Arthur on my mp3 player.
After going through customs question #3 was answered. Yes, our luggage arrived the same time as us. Thank goodness no missing undies, bras, socks, shirts etc. The best part was that none of my liquids or gels exploded as I had feared. We also found our meeting place easily and patiently waited for our tour director to pick us up. We were hoping for a handsome male tour director like our Scotland trip, but Suzi joked and said "We're due to get a chick". Lo and behold at 10:30 a blond female with a Cosmos sign came & picked us up. lol She seemed really nice. There were about 10 people on the bus which took us to the Holiday Inn, Frankfurt City. Driving through part of the city, I saw the Hammerman statue which I wanted a picture of but never did get one.
We arrived at the hotel at 11:10am and turned out that this guide wasn't ours and there were actually 4 separate Cosmos groups! We met our real guide, Tunde (also a female) at the hotel. More good news was that we were able to check in upon oour early arrival! Our room was on the 8th floor with a tiny balcony and views of Frankfurt. The rest of the day was free until tonight when we met our group and tour director. We figured by the time we get to the hotel until the welcome meeting, we have about 4-5 hours of free time. I thought that should be enough for us to get lost in the city of Frankfurt!
The 1st dilemma was when Suzi found out her curling iron wouldn't fit the plugs here.
While we were trying to figure out the bus system and the correct one to get on, we met a friendly couple from Canada doing the same thing. (trying to figure out the system, not looking for a plug, he he) We hung out with Liam & Sylvia who had just visited Ireland. We took bus 36 to the city center on a pedestrian only street. They were kind enough to let us follow them for 2 hours.
Finally at 2pm, some stores started opening and we found Frankfurt's equivalent to Walmart called "Woolworth". It was funny because there was a crowd of people waiting to go in kinda like Black Friday, only more civilized because the people walked into the store and did not run. The only curling irons they had were crimpers, straighteners and one 1 inch barrel one.
We had our welcome meeting with 2 of the tour directors and the other Cosmos group which Liam & Sylvia were in.
When we thought they were over a few more would go off then quit for a couple minutes then the cycle repeated. This went on for about 45 minutes. People probably thought we were nuts going back & forth in our nighties every few minutes. lol We finally went back to bed after midnight, but I didn't fall asleep until 2am which sucked since we had a 6am wakeup call for the next day.