September 16, 2008
How was Europe you ask?
Well, I love to procrastinate on blogging, but I'm trying to grant everyone's wish. Instead of providing a narrative of our trip (Day 1, Day 2, etc.), I will scatter some pictures around while providing some insight/observations into the life and culture of the low countries.
Dan left on August 18 and arrived in Amsterdam. He began his sight seeing there. More on Amsterdam later.
I left on August 19 after work and flew to Amsterdam through Frankfurt. I had a long-ish layover, so I decided to explore Germany for the few hours I was there.
It took me at least half an hour to figure how how to buy a subway ticket. Very few things are posted in English in Germany. This is not the case in the Netherlands, but more on that later.
So I'm in Germany and I decided to take a trip to the Römerplatz, described by Lonely Planet as "the centuries-old square that is flanked by the imposing facades of the Rathaus (town hall), Paulskirche (St Paul's church) and, of course, the mighty Dom (cathedral)."
It's pretty great to just wander around in. A lot of it has been rebuilt since the war. About the only thing left standing in this part of town after the war was the cathedral. A few pictures of the cathedral are below.
These are from the River Main.
It's really windy...As you know, I love scooters, so I couldn't help myself when I saw this huge scooter parking area in Frankfurt. Love it!
This is one of my favorites. This is proof that the "cat lady" concept exists all over the world.