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Very nice.

I don't really know Frankfurt. I used to go there once a month or so when I was a Betriebsrat (before I started working for myself), and back then the junkies in front of the main station were a regular feature.

Back then in the pre-ICE era, the train ride home took a good 2 hours (as opposed to just 1 today) but it was a lot prettier: Frankfurt to Mainz, then along the Rhine past the Loreley and Kaub with Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, and then Koblenz/Bonn/home. I never worried about a seat reservation either - just headed to the dining car and had a couple of beers.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri Oct 5th, 2007 at 01:57:41 PM EST
Regarding the junkies, while I knew two decades ago that the Hbf's surroundings are said to be their center, I somehow never met any there (Ditto at Hamburg's Hbf when I was there).

The Bingen-Koblenz section of the Rhine is one of the reasons I'd go back. My favorite spot was Burg Stahleck in Bacharach, good view of the valley (and also the Pfalz in the river).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Oct 5th, 2007 at 02:36:26 PM EST
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that's the one section of Germany I've really spent any time in. I think I've visited every single castle between Koblenz and The Pfaltz. I still have pieces of Ash football pitch embedded in one knee from a riotously drunken game of football against some German schoolkids. It used to have the best beer in Germany, but apparently the local brewery has been taken over and the quality has suffered.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Oct 5th, 2007 at 02:47:53 PM EST
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