Flight from CMH to PHL (US Airways) was uneventful. Smaller jet but it was ok.
Hung out in PHL for a while until boarding a Lufthansa flight to FRA. The PHL airport had a liberty bell made out of Legos that was pretty cool. The Lufthansa plane from PHL to FRA was a little bit larger than the US Airways one I just got off of.
We had a bunch of turbulence but otherwise the flight went well. The stewardesses and steward were very nice and kept everyone fed, watered and well cared for. I had a long layover in Frankfort so decided to make the most of it by getting out of the airport and doing some site seeing. Weather in Frankfort was cloudy, damp, and in the 40’s (F).
I went to the “Welcome Center” to get a 1 day pass for the city’s public transportation system called a Frankfurt Card. From the description of the card it seemed that it applied only to buses and trams so I got my passport stamped and headed for the bus stop. After briefly talking to the driver to ask if I had the right bus, he suggested that using the trains would be faster. So back into the airport I go and after some direction proceeded to the lower level of the airport to catch a train.
Being from a place where there are no subways or trains or whatever you want to call the public transport by rail, I found it a bit difficult to decipher the train route map. After not even being able to find where I was on the route map, I decided that I’d just hop on a train going towards downtown Frankfurt and see what happened. If I didn’t get to downtown Frankfurt, I’d take a train the other way. So I jumped on the S8. The train rambled along and stopped a few times but those stations didn’t look promising. Finally I saw a station name that I recognized and figured that had to be it and departed the train.
I wandered in to place that had a good number of people mulling around and stores and such and found my first reminder of home, Starbucks!
After warming up a little I trekked on foot around Frankfurt and found some pretty cool places.