First Impressions are not Always Accurate

When we first arrived here in Frankfurt and took a taxi to our hotel, we weren’t sure what to expect of our stay here. First of all, living in Colorado, we are used to over 300 days of sunshine per year. When it rains, it is an afternoon thunderstorm, sometimes with hail, but then the sun comes back out. We didn’t see the sun for our first 48 hours in our new city. As we were flying in, we saw lovely little hamlets with old homes and gorgeous churches, but when we awoke from a night of sleep after a long day travelling, we were greeted with bleak buildings, an American style mall, and a large convention center just outside of our window.

View from Our Hotel Window
View from Our Hotel Window
The Mall at the End of our Street
The Mall at the End of our Street
Another View from the Front of the Hotel
Another View from the Front of the Hotel
View of the City
View of the City
Bridge across the Main River
Bridge across the Main River

We are now a week into our new adventure and have obviously found parts of Frankfurt to be charming, although busy, and with the old-world charm that we were hoping to find. Certainly it is a modern city and was badly damaged during the end of WWII, so it isn’t surprising that many of the historical buildings have been destroyed and replaced with modern buildings. In the end, what you get a juxtaposition between new and old, which is to be expected. There are some cities that have doggedly held on to the historical sections of the city and others where the sands of time have transformed them into an interesting blend of new and old.

Opera House
Opera House
There is a Wonderful French Bistro in this Building
There is a Wonderful French Bistro in this Building
Interesting Architecture
Interesting Architecture
Fountain at the Opera House
Fountain at the Opera House
Food, Wine, Music
Food, Wine, Music

Now that we have narrowed our search for an apartment and hope to have found one by end of day on Monday. This has given us the chance to see some of the different areas of Frankfurt and we have decided to get an apartment in the Innenstadt (Downtown) and within a few minutes walking distance to the Altstadt (Old Town). We love the idea of being able to have a short walk to all of the shopping, restaurants, and street cafes. We are still getting used to days without sun, but the warmth and friendliness of the people more than makes up for the somewhat dreary atmosphere.  Wish us luck on our apartment search and hopefully our next post will find us having found a place to call our home.

This will be Our Neighborhood
This will be Our Neighborhood
We Have Made Friends with the Bartenders Here
We Have Made Friends with the Bartenders Here
More Apfelwein 😀
More Apfelwein 😀
Wedding in the Town Square
Wedding in the Town Square
New and Old
New and Old
Cherubs
Cherubs

 

15 thoughts on “First Impressions are not Always Accurate”

  1. Looks pretty cool!

    And I never got used to the grey, rainy skies of Bilbao. The sol valenciano is doing wonders for me. I hope the sun makes some great appearances for you soon.

  2. The weather is definitely something to get use to. This time of year is not the best, but it feels like spring come much faster too. I love reading about your journey, please keep the stories coming.

  3. I’ve also been living in Frankfurt, and almost everyone I talk to says how grey the wintertime is here in Germany. One positive though: snow almost never stays the weather is mild in the winter. Interesting reading about your experience!

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