Having had our stomachs filled, we were up and about for walking around the rest of Frankfurt. The sun was shining and it was only noon.
The area around Lieb und Steele is right in between the old and the new Frankfurt. It is a financial centre and hence the amount of people in suits and office attire on a sunny day like this. We had to pay those financial district a visit.
I admire the fact that they still ensure that the old architecture still stands while using it as a modern facility. Unlike my country where we would tear it all down and build a shining new one without any architectural history in place of it.
Tip: Don’t forget to take a picture of the bull in front of the Stock Exchange.
Just around the corner is the Thurn und Taxis house.
“Thurn und Taxis.”
That was followed by five minutes of explanation.
Thurn und Taxis seems like a name for the yellow public cabs that drive people around but in fact, it’s not. They are a German noble family famous for setting up postal routes back in the 16th century. And to make it even more interesting, there’s an actual boardgame called ‘Thurn und Taxis” too. You should try it out!
Having had that historical tip, we proceeded to the next stop.
“That’s the Eschenheimer Turm. A left over from the medieval ages. A tower for looking out against invading enemies. There’s a subway underneath it.”
That was another dig at our administration. When they were planning for a new subway system, they had to tear down the whole structure just for the sake of digging a tunnel. Talk about modern engineering.
They have a cafe at the base of the tower, which is a good spot for people watching. Nevertheless, we had other things to do, so we moved on.
Right in front of the Alte Oper, a Renaissance-era opera built in the 1800s, we came across an interesting sight — pandas!
It was the WWF 1600 Pandas World Tour!
I could go on and on about the difference between Frankfurt and when the World Tour reached Malaysia. But I think you have the general idea already. Here in Frankfurt, we were up close and personal with the pandas in an open square. You can handle them, you can stack them up, you can take photos with them at your own leisure. They have ‘panda doctors’ who would repaint the pandas, if and when needed.
Back in Malaysia, we have to queue up and all the pandas are in an enclosed space. Enough said about the mentality of the people here.
We were back to where we started after saying goodbye to the pandas. My parents and my sister were already very eager to enter the Zeil Galerie, with the weird ‘black hole’ façade. I was only interested in the views at the top floor.
We took the U-Bahn from Hauptwache to Willy-Brandt-Platz. Why?
Because that’s where all the financial decisions on the Euro are made. And because of this famous Euro sign.
(to be continued)