22 May 2010

Europe - Frankfurt

It's time for our last destination before going back to Singapore :)

The journey from Cologne to Frankfurt Airport was about 1 hour. Reaching the airport, we looked for baggage locker to put our luggage, as we can't check in yet (it was still about 7 hours before the scheduled flight). Apparently what we can find is baggage storage, so it's not a locker, but someone will always be there to guard the luggage. Each of us received a ticket for our luggages.

Frankfurt airport has 2 train station: 1 for long distance train (Flughafen Fernbanhof), which was where we came from, and another 1 for regional short distance train (Flughafen Regionalbahnhof). Now we're planning to go to Frankfurt am Main city center, which was a 10 minutes train ride from regional train station.

[caption id="attachment_1307" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Frankfurt Airport Regional Train Station"]Frankfurt Airport Regional Train Station[/caption]

The train tickets must be purchased at a machine, which only operates on German language.. So we just guessed on how to use it, and each of us get a ticket. Actually I think that it makes no difference whether we buy the ticket or not, as there's noone checking the ticket, and we can freely get in the train even without ticket. But I suppose if there's anyone checking on the ticket while on the train, we'll get a fine or something if we don't have one :p  Maybe the Europeans are more "honest".. as in each will have their tickets.. hehehe.. if the same system applied in Asia, I believe most people would rather get in the train for free.. hahaha..

[caption id="attachment_1308" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Frankfurt am Main Train station - it was huge!"]Frankfurt am Main Train station - it was huge![/caption]

We didn't get lost, and get down at the correct stop (yayyy)... we looked for Tourist Information Office there and get a map to go to the Altstadt (old city). The walk was apparently quite long, I think we walk for at least 20-30 mins to go there. Along the way we saw many many many Turkish restaurant selling kebabs and friends. Maybe there are many Turkish there?

Walking further, we passed by Frankfurt financial district. Frankfurt is the largest financial center in Europe.

[caption id="attachment_1309" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="The Euro sign looks kinda cute, hor?"]The Euro sign looks kinda cute, hor?[/caption]

And walking further down, we also saw some nice buildings..

[caption id="attachment_1310" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Are we in a different era?"]Are we in a different era?[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1311" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Wow that must've been heavy.."]Wow that must've been heavy..[/caption]

And finally finally finally, we reached the Romerberg! It's the central square of Altstadt. The buildings there are kinda cute.

[caption id="attachment_1312" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Romerberg - Ostzeile (Tudor style houses)"]Romerberg - Ostzeile (Tudor style houses)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1313" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Romerberg - Fountain of Justice"]Romerberg - Fountain of Justice[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1314" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Romerberg - Me in front of Romer"]Romerberg - Me in front of Romer[/caption]

The town hall was where the emperor was crowned. Oh yeah... nearby was the Frankfurt Cathedral (St Bartholomeus)..

[caption id="attachment_1315" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Saint Bartholomeus's Cathedral "]Saint Bartholomeus's Cathedral [/caption]

We bought some souvenirs from the souvenirs shop there, and head back to the airport. Well, better be early than missed our flight, hor? ;)

Oh well, that's the end of my Europe trip stories.. :(  I wonder when can I go there again.. but next time, hopefully with pi & vio! :)


pleasantinterlude said...

hi erna, nice photos!
looks like you had great fun in europe :)


ourlittleblessing said...

alow nobittt... thank uuu ^^ yeah yeah it was very fun :D

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