Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Working Backwards…

Ok, going backward in the timeline, here are pictures from our day in Frankfurt yesterday! :)

I love the architecture of the old buildings, and there’s some huge contrasts, like this first pic of the older and pretty building on the right with the very modern building on the left.  Sorry the pic’s aren’t great… they were mostly taken out of the car window !


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One of the many “American” stores… Subway, Burger King, McDonald’s, and even… (can you see the circle sign hanging over the awning in the 2nd picture?) STARBUCKS.  Nope, didn’t buy a coffee.

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There was a “Traditional German Christmas Market” Happening downtown in Frankfurt, so we walked through there.  It was beautiful, so neat to see all sorts of handmade wooden crafts and TONS of chocolate stores.  Here’s a boy and his pony.  No idea what his sign said :)

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This is inside of a Catholic church.  It was built in 1600, I believe, and was beautiful. 


Behind the church were these tables and statues and a huge mosaic art piece.  The tables held votives for people to “light a candle” to pray for others…

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This is the entrance to… something… in the church yard.  I’d like to say it’s an Abby or something like that, but Toby didn’t think so.  Below are Toby and Nelly and baby Aaron (Noah went to grandma’s for the day) and then a picture of Chris and I.

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Back at the Christmas market…

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TONS of different kinds of chocolate covered treats!

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This one has to be blown up, and people will think I’m nuts for this but… this covered bridge walkway over the main road is old and neat :)  And yes, I suppose I am my mother’s daughter.

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The town hall building in Frankfurt


A poster which I can’t read, but made me think of my mother.  I won’t tell stories on her, but I took the pic anyway


This is a life size manger scene right in the middle of the Christmas Market.  It’s not real people, but wow, to have Christ in the main area of the Christmas festival is neat!

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A two-story carousel.  Pretty neat if you ask me…


These are apparently a German ‘treat’ just as much as a Ukrainian one!  These potato pancakes with onions and garlic were great.  Even dipped in applesauce (the suggested way to eat them!)


A Protestant church- Toby says you can tell because instead of a cross on the steeple there’s a rooster weather vane.  Catholic churches have a cross.


A walking bridge over the “River Main” in downtown Frankfurt.  We went to the ‘housing district’ where “real people” live to have dinner!

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Very pretty… River Main, the church, sea gulls, swans, and a flat boat.  Just pretty :)


And sweet.  Little Aaron was keeping his eye on me :)


These are from Chris’ camera

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At about this point in the day my camera batteries died.  I didn’t do so much forethought and had no extra batteries (tho I have some here).  These are poplar trees, very pretty but funny looking without their leaves.


Yes, this sign really says “Park on the sidewalk”.  Interesting?


Chris’ dream car… a red and white mini coop


Dinner.  Chris had “meatloaf with a fried egg” which was more like Spam I believe :)  Nelly’s is in the back.  Something with mushrooms and potatoes…


I had Goulosh soup (delicious soup with pork in it) and Toby had Schnitzel with “famous” green sauce (dill, mayo, and yogurt (maybe sour cream?) ).  To drink?  Toby said I had to try some Apple Wine mixed with lemonade.  It was pretty good, and to my understanding they “drink it like water here.”


And one last pic of the cute little person, tho this picture makes it look like you don’t want anyone to know who the headless person is that’s holding him… :)



  1. The Christmas Markets there are wonderful! The Schnitzel will have sour cream in it, not yogurt. Germans take a break in the afternoon and you'll always find them in outdoor cafes around 2:00. The Germans have lots & lots of history along w/ gorgeous architecture. Glad you enjoyed the beautiful buildings as much as I did. The board on the pony was too small for me to read. The Pippi poster had Christmas Tree in it but completely forgot what pludert means. (used to live in Germany & was fluent). BTW, if you haven't bought the chocolate yet, you MUST buy the chocolate!!! It's the main thing I missed when I returned stateside. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures. Stephanie

  2. Gene (Chris's husband)December 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Meredith, the pictures are wonderful. Keep posting when you can. Thanks for posting the food shots. Looks like fun trying new and different food combination's.

    Chris I miss you. Love you.

  3. This post made me miss Germany. I've never spent any time in Frankfurt (just passed through), but it reminds me of many other towns where I have spent time. So beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing these! Praying for you as you get everything done and bring Aleksa and Wesley home!

  4. Your post about Frankfurt is a good time to delurk for a German - usually quiet - reader of your blog!
    I grew up close to Frankfurt and I studied in Frankfurt and it was nice to see your pictures of "our" big city!
    The boy and the pony probably collect money for circus animals and the sign might say something like "we are hungry in winter". The girl on the poster is Pippi Longstocking (by Astrid Lindgren) and "pluendern" means something like "to steal from" but in a much nicer way. In Scandinavia there are treats instead of ornaments on the christmas tree - and Pippi is taking treats before being allowed to do so ;-)

    Potato pancakes with applesauce is a must in Germany! But there shouldn't be any onions or garlic in it... And the Green Sauce has yogurt and sour cream in it plus 8 special herbs. I love it!

    I hope you can finish both adoptions very quickly so that you can spend christmas as a family of ten at your home!!! You are in my thoughts and in my prayers!

    Greetings from Thuringia,

  5. Ok, so here the Swedish joins in :-) No, Pippi Longstocking is not taking treats before being allowed to. Traditionally, on the twentieth day of Christmas, you have a party for the children where you dance traditional dances around the tree one last time, take down the ornaments from the tree and you get to eat whatever treats that hung on the tree, such as candy canes or gingerbread hearts or candy from heart-shaped paper baskets. It's called julgransplundring - julgran=Christmas Tree and plundring=looting (says Google Translate!) And yes, we do have ornaments too!

    I really like that Christmas Market. I've longed to go to a German Christmas market for quite some time. It's popular day trip from here, but not so easy with small children around.

    At the most local Christmas Market here, they actually have a live Manger! It's great!

    So hoping and praying for smooth finalization of your two adoptions!

  6. Love the shop window shot with the glass and various things in red!

  7. As a kid I ate potato pancakes and applesauce like your kids eat chicken nuggets. As my grandparents were very German and born there it isn't surprising. Pippi Longstocking is a story and I knew it when I was young. Hence the senior high moment with me looking silly in our year book goes full circle. Glad you are doing well and enjoying the travel. Had help wrapping gifts at my house tonight from Jamie and we're ready now for eight little sets of hands to open them on Christmas day. Go get those papers and come home. Love Mom

  8. Oh my goodness, now I want to go visit Frankfurt. What a wonderful place. Thank you for sharing your pics. Best wishes for the rest of your journey.

  9. Beautiful pictures! I hope to be able to visit someday...I especially love the covered bridge walkway and the double decker carosel.

  10. You should try the potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce together - yum!