Bright eyed and somewhat well rested (thanks to our freebie sleep masks), we arrived in Frankfurt, ready – and more importantly, in need – for a two week vacation.
We started the day as we begin all European journeys – a long walking tour of our new surroundings. With no real plan in mind, we weaved in and out of the streets, eventually finding our way to the river boulevard.
If there is one thing Europe knows how to do well, it’s river walks. Hand in hand, we strolled along and watched as boats effortlessly travelled by, swans swam to shore looking for food, and endless amounts of joggers breezed by on their lunch hour.
We made our way across each bridge, admiring the mixture of old and new buildings and the changing colours of huge maple leaves.
After a long walk, our eyes were struggling to stay open and our stomachs were grumbling (hello, jet lag), so we searched for spot to rest and have an early dinner. Feeling a bit of traditional German, we headed a few blocks away from the old city centre to find some local cuisine – without paying those tourist prices.
After walking by a few menus, we returned back to the Steineres Haus and were pleasantly surprised. Set in one of the city’s oldest stone buildings, long wooden tables were set up beer-hall style, and there was a mix of locals and tourists alike. I ordered Grandma’s roast beef, which came with heaps of creamy mashed potatoes and veggies, and Cole went for the traditional bratwurst and sauerkraut plate. It was the perfect place for a first meal. Warm, relaxing, and cultural. Stuffed, we headed back to our room at Hotel Adina and turned on the TV. In all honestly though, we were asleep before the end of one episode of the Big Bang Theory.
We awoke bright and early, ready to officially start our European tour. Having scoped out chocolate shops the day before, we headed back to Bitter & Zart for a bit of a shop and some breakfast. Divided into two halves – a chocolatier and a tea house, we decided to have breakfast first, thinking it would be a better idea to head into the shop on full stomachs. We gulped a few cups of warm beverages, loaded our pastries with raspberry jam, fuelling ourselves for a solid day of adventure.
After eating, we popped across the hall into the shop – where surprisingly, no photos were allowed. I kid you not though, the walls were covered in an array of chocolate bars, treats, and candies. We spotted the Zotter bars and snagged a Hazelnut one before picking a few individual handmade chocolates including with hazelnut, champagne, praline, almond, and a buttercream/white chocolate concoction. These were honestly the best chocolates I had all trip. The pairings were perfectly selected, and you MUST get the buttercream/white chocolate one if you are in the area – it’s the stuff dreams are made of.
Then, with a few hours to spare before checkout, we headed up the main observation tower. Such a different view from 56 stories above! Frankfurt is such a mix of old and new buildings, it was really neat to see them from above.
Staying warm in this jacket
After that, we hoped into our rental vehicle and headed to Heidelberg.