I wish I could say that I really took advantage of my 5 days in Frankfurt, but sadly I did not. I was burnt out and tired, so sleep was more important to me than going out sightseeing.
Also since Alan and I hadn’t seen each other in 3 months, we spent a lot of our time sitting at a café or restaurant chatting over a glass of wine and recapping our travels.
Don’t get me wrong, we did get out and go for walks along the river and around various squares. Our apartment was right next to the Dom, so we were able to see a nice piece of history every day. It’s just that we didn’t get out and explore as much as I normally would have when visiting a new city.
Since we didn’t want to leave Frankfurt feeling like we completely missed out, we decided to rent a couple bikes and go exploring one of our last days there.
We followed the bike path along the Main river heading east towards Hanau. We weren’t quite sure where exactly we wanted to go, but from what I had read there were plenty of towns along the way to stop and grab a bite or a drink. We figured we would just wing it and see what happens.
After a brief hiccup bypassing some construction, we were on our way to the German countryside.
We passed parks and play grounds. Groups of friends were laying out blankets and setting up for an afternoon picnic. Older women sat on the benches and fed the geese and swans that swam by.
As we rode further away from the city, the landscape opened up to fields of sunflowers and corn stalks. Small towns were scattered here and there giving us the option to stop and grab a drink, which we did…..a couple of times.
We pedaled our way to Hanua where we stopped to grab a quick bite for lunch at a tapas bar.
We hung out at the restaurant for a couple hours to give our legs a rest. 16 miles can be a little rough when you haven’t ridden a bike in a while!
Before leaving town, we took a quick ride through Hanau and then started making our way back to the Frankfurt.
There weather had been really warm all week, and all both Alan and I wanted to do was cool off in the water. We saw groups of people swimming in little alcoves closer to town, so we found ourselves a secluded spot to sit and relax.
By the time we got back to Frankfurt, the sun was beginning to set behind the city skyline. We stopped one last time to take in the view before turning in our bikes.
We may not have explored Frankfurt as much as I would have liked, but I think this day made up for our laziness……a little bit.