0591 Germany with Snow (Germany 008—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 I’m not going to waste a minute of it…

 

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 it’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.

  Frankfurt itself is to the east--  but I’ve already explored Frankfurt and I want to see something new.

 

From the top of the bridge I get a beautiful view of fields blanketed with snow and cozy little villages in the background…

 

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 Frankfurt… but with its own very distinct character.  There’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 you’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 experience…

 

Of course there’s the town center with it’s plaza with leafless trees and snow laden branches… there’s the church with its somber black steeple… 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 exterior…

 

The one thing that doesn’t feel quite right is the human interaction.

  In the U.S. for example, as unfriendly a country as it may be, if you happen on a fellow pedestrian on a cold snowy day, there’s an automatic connection of  “wow! You’re out here braving the cold, too!”  But here in Germany, I look at people passing, hoping for a smile, a “Gutten Tag” or a gesture of recognition of some sorts, and I get absolutely nothing.   It feels like nobody wants to notice anybody.  Every one just trudges about in their own little world of silence.

I remember last summer here in Germany, I would get a few “Gutten Tags” here and there--  but now in winter, nothing… That doesn’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 warmth…

 

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.

  It’s not long before I cross another bridge and find myself in the cozy town of Hattersheim. 


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 can’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 vegetables…

 

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 about…

 

Then there’s the coolest building in town--  a city government building that is shaped like an enormous barn… quite a contrast to the prissy chateau-mairies I saw all over France… I love the proud simplicity of this country.

 

Daylight is quickly fading, and I want to explore yet another town…

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