It’s rainy and cold outside, typical November. At least covid is “over”, been a long 2022. Let us go visit some friends in Frankfurt.
Three and a half hours by rail may seem long but after few rounds of cards and a reviewing a few merge requests for work we are there.
We exit the train into a chilling rain, this time with taller buildings. Whether these buildings are the product of being the financial centre of Germany or the city giving up on the illusion of being a village remains unclear. …cough Munich.
The path to the gallery we’ve bookmarked leads us past Alte Oper, a remnant of the 1880s, still in good shape.
The photo exhibition is perfect fit to our tastes. At the back of the gallery we find a newspaper clipping listing other exhibitions in the city. Some trip itinerary edits later and we are off to the next place.
We enter our second gallery, buy tickets, and find our way up to the third floor. Old movie posters line the walls of a blue painted room maybe ten meters square. Not sure what we just paid for we linger at each poster trying to analyse it. After five minutes a security guard returns from his break and joins us. He takes a seat along wall. We share few awkward glances before he starts to grin.
“Would you like to go in now?” He asks.
“Oh you mean there are more than these posters?” I reply.
With a chuckle he swings open a door to the exhibition. Sheepishly we go though, entering into a much larger space. It is dark in here with beams of light projecting videos onto hanging curtains. An entire timeline covering underwater scenes in films and other media is on display.
Now fully saturated with art we head back outside towards city centre. Not even December yet and there are already Christmas markets. We pass a fancy, pay of entry, market in the Thurn und Taxis Palais. Wait I’ve seen this before. That’s right we have a board game. Where you become part of the royal family running post through Germany in the 1700s.
Getting hungry now so head back towards city centre to a department store. This one has a nice dinner cafeteria on the top floor with sunset views. It also has big tables with enough room to play cards and settle the tie from the train.
After a night at a friends place we are back in the city for more things Frankfurt. Today the focus is on cuisine, a certain green sauce that according to this friend one can not miss, a tasty side dish indeed.
What is cuisine without wine. So we go for a tasting as well. Frankfurt is close to the German wine producing region of Rheinhessen. They are known for their white wines like Riesling.
For the last drink of the night we are presented with a Sauternes. Wow I think I’ve stumbled upon my new favourite type of wine or perhaps it’s late and my judgment is compromised; either way, delicious.
With Monday and the return of the work week approaching we head back to Munich. I do hope we come back soon.