Sunday, September 30, 2007

FRANKFURT AM MAIN

ON THE WAY TO KOBLENZ - DECEMBER 2005

I was in Frankfurt many times, mostly to attend meetings at the European Monetary Institute or at its successor, the European Central Bank (to see how unsure was the building of such a body, at least from an American perspective, just read Allan Greenspan's preface to his book «The Age of Turbulence»).

This time, the reason to go was much more sympathetic: Our daughter, while we were in Bali, moved to Germany to spend one semester at the WHU (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung ) - Otto-Beisheim School of Management. The move, by the end of August 2005, was due to the Erasmus Programme, a programme to encourage and support academic mobility of higher education students within the European Union. The WHU has its basis in Vallendar, a small village by the Rhine, quite near to Koblenz, and Di’s stay gave rise to her blog – Bloguendar! (Amazingly enough, the WHU has an Executive MBA Programme together with the Kellogg School of Management (established in 1908 at Evanston, Illinois, USA, and affiliated with the Northwestern University. This MBA programme celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Frankfurt, this weekend – 28/29 September 2007.

So, on our way to Koblenz, we spent one night in Frankfurt!



"MANHATTAN IN FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank building is the last tower towards the right-hand side at the first picture"



"INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL FRANKFURT - Most of the times, I stayed at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof Hotel, just around the corner to the EMI (today, to the ECB). But I also like the Intercontinental, not so close to the ECB, but with a great view towards either the city or the Rhine, and much more convenient to walk to the Main Railway Station"



"THE RHINE with a view of the Holbeinsteg, a pedestrian bridge - opened in 1990 - that allows you to reach the southern museum embankment. The golden spots on the pictures are a reflection of a lamp at the Intercontinental top floor business lounge"


"HAUPTBAHNHOF - As seen from the First Class Lounge! The train was late, so we had to spend our time somewhere..."

27 comments:

freefalling said...

I must admit, Frankfurt is a city that has never really come across my radar.
I know NOTHING about it, except it is in Germany.
You know, I love visiting your blog, and you always supply lots of interesting facts, so I hope you don't take this as a criticism, but I would like to know more about how a place makes you "FEEL".
(thank you for your kind thoughts on my recent post - every little one of them helps!)

Cuckoo said...

Frankfurt is a lovely place as far as I know (from inside the airport on way to my destination or back home).

Never really got time to visit the place.

Tanya said...

Hi there.. It must be great to have been able to travel so much..

CaBaCuRl said...

Big railway stations are fascinating...so many people coming and going, so always a bustle about the place, exotic destinations on noticeboards, all those associated noises...wonderful.Like Freefalling, I also know nothing about Frankfurt, so thank you for helping me to find out.

Susanne in Key West said...

Do you have visited also the "Palmengarten" what is located in down town, close to the "Deutsche Bank"? I like Frankfurt, it has a lot to offer.

lyliane said...

le 9 est un chiffre bien présent dans ta vie !AH SI NOUS AVIONS SU à Lisbonne c'était presque le jour anniversaire.
Je reconnais bien là les gares allemandes, il va falloir que je publie mes photos de Berlin avec cette gare immense, mais je ne suis pas en grande forme en ce moment et je suis paresseuse.

Aditi said...

i am quite well acquainted with the airport but not the case for the city...

Pijush said...

I am amazed by the stunning city landscape. Have been to this airport but not in the city and the hotels you stay are simply the best.

Lori said...

What a modern looking city. I've never been, but I'm glad to see it. You have been lucky to be able to travel so much, for work and for pleasure!

Dsole said...

hola!
I haven't been in Germany yet, but I wish I could sometime. I don't have one idea about this city, and now that I see your pics I can say I didn't expect those high buildings there! what a surprise!
Oh i'm sure your daughter had a greaaat tme during her ERASMUS.
Have a nice week!
oh i'm so embarrased i don't know a word in portuguese...

Neva said...

You have lived a very interesting life what with all the globe trotting you have done. How lucky you are....I like your pictures.

• Eliane • said...

Hey, I did Erasmus too. I spent a semester in London - at Greenwich University. Quite a change of space: so relaxed and a program so light, which did not give us any exemptions though - the alma mater being a bit on the elitist side made us do all the exams of the semester we missed in Brussels - so Erasmus was kind of a double semester for everybody. I think they changed it for the next promotions. But in any case, I do not regret it one bit.
Thanks for the visit of Frankfurt!! You are a good tour guide!

travelphilippines said...

im so envy what a great city plus your in intercon wow.

Shionge said...

I love this great city too and I can see that you were both very comfortable in the hotel ;)

Ash said...

The city looks lovely!

Also, many thanks for the extended and correct version of the quote.

lyliane said...

J'ai retrouvé un peu ma forme et je commence à commenter sur mon petit voyage au Portugal où je compte bien revenir bientôt.

Marie said...

Funny, I just spent the evening at the German consulate in Montpellier where we celebrated the fête nationale allemande :-)))

Kalyan said...

WoW...some very beautifully captured shots once again & loved reading your description...Its really looks a lovely place...Wonderful!

backpakker said...

Frankfurt is a lovely city ...too bad that its only been a transit .I liked the rhine pic and HAUPTBAHNHOF - brought back memories

Leena said...

I have not been in Frankfurt either, but I have traveled through East Germany by buss with my youngest daughter twenty years ago. I hate even word politic and this my daughter was asking something from this subject. I decided to show, not to say anything and ordered a bus journey from Helsinki to Vienna. We went through southern Sweden and then by a ship to Poland and after that we drove through whole East Germany. My daughter was looking from windows ( we saw also those black walls of Dresden), she did not say anything hours, but then she asked, how athletics of East Germany can be able to exercise here, I can not see any flowers in backyards ? ( She was 13 years then ) Then after driving through Czechoslovakia ( we saw those dead trees on the mountains )and then over the border of Austria. And she said, look at those flowers mom. No need to say anything :)
But that was not it, what I was thinking, when I came here, sorry, I have not remembered years, that we have done this bus trip.
I was thinking other trip, that Petra in Jordan. I did not find it from your list, have you been there! We were there with professor Jaakko Frösen, who is making excavations there. He was telling during one week interesting things,
Oh, sorry, this is not comment, this is a memoirs of the old person!!

lyliane said...

Dans quel beau pays êtes vous encore partis? j'ai hâte de voir votre commentaire et votre retour.

lv2scpbk said...

Love the city views and I like how you captured the train station. I noticed the trees on the top.

Moi said...

I have only flown over Frankfurt on my way to and fro from India and US ..never stopped by!!!
If not told, I wold have assumed the gold spot to be some golden dome as viewed from distance :)

Sigma said...

Your hotel offered you amazing views certainly. I really liked the ones of the river Rhine.

Trotter said...

Hi everybody!
Sorry for having been a bit absent lately, but I was abroad in a professional trip last week. One day I’ll probably show some pictures from a somehow unusual tourist destination!

Freefalling,
Glad to read that you love to see my blog.
Frankfurt is now a little more known, as it is home to the European Central Bank. The Bank is responsible for the Euro, now the official currency for thirteen countries stretching from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle (namely Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain). And, as from January 1st, 2008, the Euro will also be the currency of Cyprus and Malta. It is also used in Andorra, San Marino, the Vatican, Montenegro, and Kosovo. Over 300 million people use it daily!
There are many reasons to make a place “feel”: friends, people, culture, landscape… Frankfurt is probably not on the top of the most exciting places to go, but sometimes there simply fantastic opera performances... Great reason to visit it!

Cuckoo,
Frankfurt airport is a great hub, and a most important connection centre. For my taste, we may have to walk too much to move from one gate to other. But it seems to be like this everywhere in the newly built airports...

Tanya,
Thanks. It’s good, but still there is so much to see...

Cabacurl,
I love railway stations, though I prefer airports; probably, more because they are places from where you depart, rather than places where you arrive...

Sue,
You’re right about the PalmenGarten: a quite nice place to visit.

Lyliane,
Je me réjouis que ça semble aller mieux maintenant. Excuse mon absence et mon délai dans la réponse, mais c’est vrai que je suis parti en travail la semaine dernière, dans un pays pas tout à fait touristique… Un jour on verra quelques photos.
Le 9? 50 ans le 9.9.1999, ça ne se répète pas!
Je visiterais ton blog le plus tôt possible!
Merci!

Aditi,
Pijush,
Yes, the airport seems to be a quite important hub for flights to India; and it also has a nice Sheraton hotel right around the corner on terminal 1.

Lori,
Thanks. Frankfurt has now some Manhattan resemblance; it must be the financial sector influence.

Dsole,
See Lori, for the Manhattan resemblance.
It’s true that Di had a great time during the Erasmus semester in Vallendar.
Agora vou dizer-te que não creio que não saibas uma palavra de português. Verás que compreendes tudo o que acabo de escrever.
Boa semana, que o fim-de-semana já está a terminar...

Neva,
Thanks. The problem is that it’s not such a small world, and there is still so much to see...

Eliane,
It’s true that now they give you credits for the exams you make during the Erasmus semesters, but still there are some tricky points to settle. Anyhow, there are still at least two kinds of Erasmus: either you choose the University for the fun the city and the people may provide you with (and you go to Rio de Janeiro,...); or you choose it by the quality of the school, and even if you have fun, you work a lot...

Travelphilippines,
Envy? What shall I say of your Philippines’ posts?

Shionge,
I suspected that you wouldn’t have an aversion to a city like Frankfurt...

Ash,
You’re welcome. Your posts and pictures are always so intelligent and thought provocative. Brilliant!

Marie,
Amazing: I just missed the German Embassy party in Lisbon, as I was travelling. So, no Wurst, no Eisbein, no Bier...

Kalyan,
Thanks, once again.

Backpakker,
That’s a problem: many times a city with a great airport is only a transit place...

Leena,
Truly thanks for the comment, actually an added post improving my blog. I can imagine your trip; I was in USSR in 1977, in Hungary in 1978 (which was somehow different), but not in East Germany, Czechoslovakia or Poland by that time. About the athletes, it’s said that there were other mechanisms to improve performance. Like with Marion Jones and others…
Petra with a professor making excavations there must have been a dream trip; would have loved to go. One day...

Lv2,
Thanks.

Moi,
It seems to have happened to many visitors to this post: flying to and from Frankfurt airport and never getting to the city! Funny that golden dome...

Sigma,
Thanks!

jen laceda said...

Oh, the train station still looks the same since I was there in 1988 and in 2004

Trotter said...

Jen,
2004 OK! But I must confess it looked much nicer than my first time there in 1976... ;))