Oops this post took wayyyy too long to be up. So here it is, before my memory depletes any further.
So in December, I flew over to Europe to find Mr Gan who was (still is) studying there. It took a lot of planning on our side because we intended to tour quite a few cities and some of which is really out of the way.
And so my journey began…
My first long haul and solo flight. Thankfully I flew with SQ which really makes me feel more at home :)
Actually the journey began way before the flight. I took a day off from work just to purchase my winter attire because I have virtually none. Though I must thank my friends who lent me their backpack, waist pouch, gloves etc. Helped me saved quite a bit. Thanks friends!
Apart from that I also had a hard time organising my backpack and hand luggage. I pack and repack and pack and repack so many times that I think I'm quite an expert at stuffing my clothes into ziplock bags. I also put lots of thinking into my flight attire because I have to account for Singapore’s morbidly hot weather, Frankfurt’s winter weather, the flight’s 14 hours condition and also my luggage allowance.
Solo flight thoughts:
- Am I the only non-Caucasian on the entire flight? Seems like it.
- Why did I wear my high boots? Super uncomfortable for 14 hours please... Should have brought along a pair of slippers for toilet times.
- Super hard to sleep when you are flying alone and not in Business class (not that I have been on one)
- Super rewarding cause I watched a grand total of 5 movies (White House Down, Frozen, Despicable me 2, Elysium and Monster University) Hahaha.
- Will anyone rob me?!?
When the plane touched down, I was delighted. I cant remember much about my arrival process because I was struggling with all my luggage and I was also trying very hard to connect to the Wifi at the Airport, hoping to be able to reach Mr Gan on his phone. But nope, failed.
Luckily we didn't count on the Wifi at the Airport to begin with and arranged to meet up at a fast food chain. The airport staffs weren't very helpful and not all airports are like Changi Airport. So with some difficulty, I finally found Mr Gan!! Mr Gan arranged for his flight to reach before mine so I didn't have to wait along in a foreign place. So happy when I saw him!! Been so long!! Sidenote: To buy wifi connector at Changirecommends the next time I go overseas.
We have stopped looking like this for awhile actually. LOL. And these were our post flight look man.
The Frankfurt Central Station! I really love the interior and Mr Gan say I will be thrilled by KingCross’s.
They have designated yellow boxes on the platform for smokers. lol. I don’t even understand this.
Some tips if you haven’t know yet. You can save the country’s map in googlemaps so that you can still see you position in the absence of data. You can also orientate yourself using the googlemaps’ streetview if you are going to somewhere for the first time. I think these 2 tips saved us lots!
1. Frankfurt Accomodation - AirBnb
Here’s the link to the Airbnb that we stayed: https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/1161979
Absolutely delightful. We checked many hotels and hostels online and most of them seems quite gross. This Airbnb is so clean and huge! And it offers us total privacy cause it’s in the attic (isit called the attic?) Although the owner sort of forgot about our arrival date and hence did not make up the room in time, he was very apologetic and even bought us a lovely metal house tin filled with cookies! 5 stars! Only thing is maybe old people cannot stay. Or people who are not in very good shape. Cause you got to lug your luggage up 4-5 flights of stairs. Young people no worries right! Treat it as a work out yo!
Though it's Airbnb, there’s no breakfast. Hahhaha. But the Airbnb comes with oven so we made our own baguette which pretty much settled our breakfast. Then we took our time to walk along the river to Frankfurter Romer for our walking tour! Alternatively you can take a train to Romer/Dom Station, but we preferred to walk.
Being my first time in Europe, I was quite intrigued by everything. The walk to romer took awhile like 15-20 mins. But the weather was good! Or rather my winter attire sort of kept me warm and comfy. I would totally run along the river if I stay there.
The manors are what I would imagine the Malfoy’s manor to be like. Or perhaps Sirius’s house?
And here we are at the Frankfurter Romer.
And pretsels as big as your head! Bought one and we could hardly finish it.
And I officially declare Iphone5 front camera as sucky.
2. Frankfurt on foot walking tour
Walking tour is very popular in Europe! We practically participated in walking tour in every cities. It’s the best activity that will orientate you to the city and allow you to find out about the history of the city and also discover what locals do/like. Yay to walking tour!
We found this on tripadvisor, so if you dont really dig this then perhaps you can just browse the activities section in trip advisor!
I like this tour because no booking is required. You just turn up at the meeting spot at the stipulated timing and off you go! I think it cost 10 euros per person which is pretty worth it for a tour that lasted 3 hours. On that day of the tour, there were only 4 of us, including the tour guide, dave. The other lady is from US and we really enjoyed each other’s company. We took photos for each other and also chatted abit. The tour is very manageable with planned toilet breaks (love tours that consider my bladder needs). Tips: Bring enough water along!
Visited a few churches which are all very magnificent. All the fine details. Wow.
Building on the left is constructed in an inverted manner. And machinerium-lookalike (Ipad game) on your right.
Garden to a museum which we went in to use the toilet. Oh ya! In Europe you got to pay to use the toilet!
More war relic.
To preserve the old building on the left, they merged it together with the new building. I think this is pretty cool.
European street and alfresco dining which I miss a lot.
And the Old Opera House. Actually we wanted to watch a musical. But oops, never book tickets in advance.
The Cathedral of St.Bartholomew
Imitation of the love bridge in Paris.
3. Frankfurt Christmas Night Market
Carousel at the Christmas Market
Not forgetting the humongous Christmas Tree. (And check out the buildings behind!). All the buildings here are very well preserved and maintained. The Christmas night market is also located at the Frankfurter Romer area so everything is it's really very convenient.
The nutcrackers which are really very expensive.
Nutella and Nutella! Love the crepes!
We went to Bitter and Zart for their famous hot chocolate. Mr Gan ordered the thick and me the thin. Turns out the thick hot chocolate is like drinking chocolate literally.
On the right is Bratwurst with applesauce. Very nice!
Enjoying our hot red wine. Everything is in German. So we just pointed at what we want.
Ah I miss Frankfurt and the Christmas market.