Jun 4 2017

The 9th day of Ramadan

In Frankfurt. I was invited to a Syrian’s home for dinner, whom I’ve met in 1980s. Her children are all grown now, with multiple grand kids. Women ate at a different room. Mom, who runs a day care center, is celebrating her birthday joins us with her sons and their male friends. During the meal, they went out to pray. Her daughter isn’t wearing a head scarf because her job forbids. The other young woman with head scarf is a student who goes to college. Universities are free in Germany, that even includes their transportation. The baklava from Patisserie de l’Arabie (Hardenbergstraße 15, 60327 Frankfurt; Yelp) are delicious: not too oily and sweet.






Jun 4 2017

Cologne in 1950s

By Heide, retake with iPhone in Frankfurt.


Jun 3 2017

Americans in Frankfurt

I’ve had California Barefoot wine before, in the US. Seeing them in Frankfurt, selling at such low price, I’m a bit surprised. However, California wines are decent, so on this front, I’m not surprised.

Kockkase/cooked cheese (spread), hand cheese and wine cheese



Jun 3 2017

Bockenheimer Anlage

Frankfurt am Main

This small green space with a pond, a fountain and couple of sculptures, next to Alte Oper is part of Wallanlagen/Wall Park where once was the city wall that was built in 14th and turned down in 19th century. Bockenheimer Anlage is named after one of the 7 gates:

  1. the Untermainanlage
  2. the Gallusanlage
  3. the Taunusanlage
  4. the Bockenheimer Anlage
  5. the Eschenheimer Anlage
  6. the Friedberger Anlage and
  7. the Obermainanlage



Jun 3 2017

Börse – stock exchange

It’s small as Frankfurt stock market is one of the biggies. They give tour on opening days, free of change but need to make reservation the day before. Lange Nacht der Industrie on June 20th is advertised.


Jun 3 2017

Every dog has her day

Dogs, bride and crowds at the alte oper.

Jun 2 2017

The red district

A block from the train station in Frankfurt is the sex area. It looks rather small.

Jun 2 2017


One of the few pedestrian bridges on Main in Frankfurt, linking city district of Sachsenhausen (museum mile) and the Bahnhofsviertel (central station).



Jun 2 2017

Zum Gemalten Haus

Schweizer Str. 67,
60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This is my friend’s go to restaurant in Sachenhause before retirement. Now in his retirement, he goes there on Fridays, meeting friends and talks about sports. I’ve been going there with him and his wife since 1983 – ya ya I’m old -:). Had my first glass of Apple wine there and loving it. There is a tree smacks in the middle of a table. Bread sellers, rose sellers … all part of the charm. Today at lunch, my friend purchased some breads for tomorrow’s breakfast.

Murals on the walls – gemalten means pairing. Good hearty foods. Decent service. Very comfy bathroom – for such old and homey place – the water leveler for toilet is on the floor – to the left of the toilet – in case you’re a little tipsy.

This time around, I find Europe is less expensive – 12.99 euro buys a lunch that includes asparagus soup, cucumber and salmon with potato.

And the differences: no napkins offered (… and I didn’t wear sleeves  … ); and for a 86 degree day (which is somewhat rare) they open windows for cooling – USA is too wasteful and extreme on this issue – you need a thick jacket in the summer and a bikini in the winter to counter the a/c and heat. Regardless what the Donald decides to do, like pulling out of Paris Accord, I’m sure USA will stands tall and leads the world to a better place. Go USA! Long live USA!


Jun 1 2017

Old St. Nicholas church

Frankfurt @ Roemer/Römer.