Day 2 in Frankfurt. Today was an odd day in terms of weather. In the morning, it seems like the rain was going to grace me with its present. So, I wore semi warm clothes. That proved to be a bad mistake. Today was the hottest day. My tour guide/friend said that it was quite warm for this time of year. I guess I bought the Hawai’i weather with me. My friend said that the Germans has a saying, “the weather is never inappropriate, but the clothing people wear are inappropriate.” Needless to say, i was one of those people.
The first stop on the Rhine was a famous town ( which I can’t pronounce nor remember the name to save my life). The narrow streets was filled with stores with things you don’t really need, but compelled to buy. There where a lot of Christmas theme stores, which was quite nice.
I continued my way up the Rhine, which seemed to undergoing construction to widen the road for a bike lane. There were a lot of bikers (pedal and motorized), which seems like a nice, but dangerous thing to do.
There were a lot of castles. Some are ornamental and others are actual working hotels or youth hostels. Personally, I think staying in a castle is cool, but I imagine the rates to be alittle pricey.
The coolest castle on the Rhine is the one on its own island. From the street, it seems to be a small castle, but if you look closely, compared to the John Deere tractor, it’s quite big. For what I understand, there used to be a chain across the river. Any ship that wants to cross that chain must pay a toll.
The Lorelei rock is huge, even driving proved to be a tad dangerous, because of the steep sharp turns. The reefs and rapids made it extremely dangerous for ships to pass this point. There is a legend, that a siren called “Lorelei” bewitched the hearts of the sailors and when they looked up to the rock, their boat crashed and they sank.
On the search for some gyros, I stumbled upon a medieval festival, which totally looked like one of those capital one commercials. Because of this festival, the usual quiet sleepy town was busy, crowded, and lively.
The Rhine river is a must see. If you love driving around and seeing buildings, this is right up your alley. If you are one of those crazy bicycle riders, the Rhine is perfect for you. If you get car sickness easily, take some Dramamine. You’ll thank me later.
Okay, peeps. I’m off for a bike ride. I’ll see you later for day 5 (day 3 in Frankfurt).