|The view from the pedestrian bridge, Eiserner Steg.|
|Fabrizio and Enrico ready to taste away|
I'm sure you won't mind.
Frankfurt downtown has many high rise buildings blended in with the old historical center and is known for being Germany's financial district and a main part of the hub of European banking. there was a small encampment of protestors that didn't seem to be making too much of a loud fuss, more of a constant reminder, that all is not well for everyone these days, in the current gloomy economic climate.
|Emma Metzler House where we showed our wares|
|Old town Frankfurt and the Eiserner Steg foot bridge|
We had lovely autumn weather to stroll about town and take in a bit of the flavor of Frankfurt.
|Fabrizio and Marla|
|The lovers locks on the Eiserner Steg|
If you are not familiar with this tradition, as I wasn't either until recently, it is quite popular throughout Europe these days. Lovers put their names and special date on te padlock and attached to a special bridge to symbolize their enduring love. You can read more about Love Padlocks here.
|Romerberg Square, Old Franfurt town center|
|Getting ready for the Christmas market|
|German meat selection|
|What's Germany without a sausage stand? or many|
|European Central Bank, museum and Occupy Frankfurt|
|Extraordinary modern architecture (Italian)|
The skyline at night is special. We enjoyed it from a look out point atop another shopping mall just a few doors down from this ultra flashy one.
|Frankfurt skyline by night|
We stayed in a friendly modest hotel a few blocks from the downtown and just across from the main train station. It was quite convenient. I found Frankfurt to feel friendly and safe.
|Multi colored red light district|
Even this area was quite low key.
Lunch at Vinesso
We had lunch at a charming neighborhood bar and restaurant, on the other side of downtown, Vinesso. We had met the owner the previous night and had time to stop in for a quick visit. They are carrying some of our local digestivi, Genepy and Serpoul, to name a couple, to serve as a tasty finish to an authentic Italian meal in the heart of Frankfurt. The cozy restaurant filled up with hungry patrons while we were there and seemed to be a favorite where many people knew each other or stopped by to introduce themselves and say hello, as was the case for us. We always meet interesting people when we travel.
|Wine from home here in Piedmont|
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.....