When I think of Frankfurt, I think of three things: Saint Paul’s Church, the skyscrapers and the fact that Frankfurt always wanted to become Germany’s capital. The founding fathers of the German federal republic decided to choose Bonn instead, to emphasize that this was only a temporary solution and they aimed for a reunification with Berlin as Germany’s capital. Not sure how Bonn feels about having been a makeshift.
Last Thursday, I went to Frankfurt for my first event with work. I took the chance to meet up with my oldest friend Marlene (we met in kindergarten alsmost 25 years ago) and my friend Juliana who I used to lived with in Stockholm. My impression of Frankfurt was that it is an underestimated city – I should go back and do a city tour: Saint Paul’s church happens to be the place where the German revolutionaries tried to establish a democractic Germany in 1848. (It didn’t go so well in case you wondered.)
This weekend, my dear mother visited and we also went out of Düsseldorf to Kaiserswerth. Kaiserswerth (meaning The Emperor’s Isle) is a part of Düsseldorf and only 7 kilometres from where I live but it feels like its very own universe. The part of town has been spared from the Second World War and its historic pretty houses are well preserved. Absolutely charming!