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..."