Photo galleries of the Frankfurt/Mainz area start here.
July 12 (Thursday)
Well, I've only had four days in the Frankfurt and Mainz area, but my friends Vanasati and Ara have definitely seen to it that I've been busy the whole time.
Vanasati lives in Ober-Ramstadt, while Ara is in Mainz. Frankfurt is a modern business capital complete with shiny skyscrapers (most of the city was rebuilt after the war), with not a whole lot of attractions for the traveler if you're not interested in shopping, which I'm not, so we only spent an afternoon there.
The first evening we had dinner at a winery in Bodenheim (lovely white wines) and then walked through the vineyards after dinner and watched the sun set. The countryside is definitely different from the nearly flat plains of Munich. There are rolling hills, large stands of forest, and of course the Rhine River; although there aren't the mountains which one can get to easily from Munich.
Other highlights of my time with Vanasati and Ara included:
All in all, an incredibly delightful time, and I'd love to come back and see more of the area!
Ruins at Frankenstein - Americans have introduced the custom of celebrating Halloween here.
Bodenheim - sunset among the vineyards
See also swimming in Frankfurt.
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