0591 Germany with Snow (Germany 008â€”new)
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Tour 017: Germany-South 1
On my way back to Morocco I have an even longer layover in Frankfurt, and Iâ€™m not going to waste a minute of itâ€¦
I quickly head out the same way I did before, hiking out of the airport and across the autobahn to Kelsterbach, this time right into the heart of the town, to explore it properly. The ground is covered with snow, but itâ€™s really not too chilly for a hike, as long as I keep my hands in my pockets.
I follow the river along a bicycle path until I reach a bridge which, according to the map should lead me to a couple more towns.
From the top of the bridge I get a beautiful view of fields blanketed with snow and cozy little villages in the backgroundâ€¦
On the other side, I find myself in another charming little town-- or so I think-- it actually turns out to be a neighborhhood of Frankfurtâ€¦ but with its own very distinct character. Thereâ€™s a magnificent mansion-turned restaurant at the end of a tree lined lane and an inner courtyard with mountains of hay tucked in between ancient medieval style homes. The whole place has a surreal feel to it-- at times you feel youâ€™re in just a regular, run of the mill modern city and at times you feel like your in some sort of virtual Hansel and Gretel interactive experienceâ€¦
Of course thereâ€™s the town center with itâ€™s plaza with leafless trees and snow laden branchesâ€¦ thereâ€™s the church with its somber black steepleâ€¦ the half timber houses-- most of them beautifully maintained, but a few undergoing repairs, showing the random patterns of different colored bricks hidden beneath the white exteriorâ€¦
The one thing that doesnâ€™t feel quite right is the human interaction.
I remember last summer here in Germany, I would get a few â€śGutten Tagsâ€ť here and there-- but now in winter, nothingâ€¦ That doesnâ€™t seem right-- I would think that in winter, people should make more of an effort to share human warmth, to compensate for the lack of natural warmthâ€¦
On to Hattersheim
After my tour of this west Frankfurt neighbourhood, I head out west across the countryside in hopes of discovering new town and racking up more points.
Here I stroll along a beautiful, tree lined Main Street lined with quaint little shops. I know my daylight hours are quickly slipping away, but I canâ€™t resist the temptation to stop for a Doner Kebab at a Turkish eatery-- my favorite meal here in Germany. There are doner kebabs all over Europe, but no where do they make them as good as they do here in Germany, packed with fresh vegetablesâ€¦
From there I continue on the the main church with a towering slightly curved spire, and a pedestrian street area with a few people out and aboutâ€¦
Then thereâ€™s the coolest building in town-- a city government building that is shaped like an enormous barnâ€¦ quite a contrast to the prissy chateau-mairies I saw all over Franceâ€¦ I love the proud simplicity of this country.
Daylight is quickly fading, and I want to explore yet another townâ€¦