Sitting in an airport in Berlin (during a five-hour layover), I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you about my very first trip to Europe. I got the opportunity to travel to Düsseldorf, Germany, to attend a trade show for work. Although I was busy scouting shoes, I did have some downtime to do a little exploring. Düsseldorf has the most charming Altstadt, or Old Town, and pedestrian-only enclaves of shops and restaurants. I indulged in some traditional German food and Pilsner and had the best time just walking around taking in the sights. Although I didn't lug my DSLR with me, my trusty iPhone did a good job documenting my travels.
|Apparently Germany is not far enough to get away from Pokemon, which drew all of these people to the river.|
|Full disclosure: This was a professional shot from the show, if you couldn't guess...|
Next up: Frankfurt. Before flying home, I took the opportunity to see one more locale. Frankfurt is Germany's third-largest city, and though it has a reputation for being more industrial, I was completely charmed by it. The Rhine runs right through the middle of the city, which was not only beautiful, but made it easy for this directionally challenged gal to navigate without Apple Maps. Frankfurt also has a beautiful Old Town along with a vibrant shopping district and pedestrian area filled with traditional cider, or, Apfelwein. To get to the latter, I had to cross the river over a large pedestrian bridge. I'm terrified of heights, to it took a lot to muster up the courage, but I'm glad I did...In fact, I'm proud that I was able to travel across the globe and tour two cities on my own. But now I'm hungry for more! Overall, the people I encountered were very friendly and most spoke English. We can take a page from their book in the states. It's back to home sweet city for now but I hope to come back soon! Danke, Germany!
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