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A “Main” taste of Istanbul in Frankfurt

“This is like being in Istanbul,” my friend says, in between bites of his sandwich.

Ömer, his fiancée, and I are sitting on the south bank of the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany. We’re soaking the late-summer sun. The grassy meadows are full of people: some in animated conversation; some surrounded by a big spread of food, beer, and wine; others kicking the soccer ball back and forth with their children.

There’s a whole lot of happiness here, but there’s a long line of people, waiting to purchase food and drink at the boat parked by the riverbank.

We just left that very same line after waiting for an hour. What we’re eating now made the wait worthwhile.

Over the ten-plus years I’ve known Ömer, he’s never been wrong about food in Germany.

Meral's Imbiss, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

Meral’s Imbissboot

Meral's Imbiss, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

Speisekarte | Food menu

Meral's Imbiss, Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, fotoeins.com

Hamsi (Sardellen) fried-fish sandwich, “Ominade”

We each have a fried-fish sandwich: lightly fried fish in thin crispy batter, crunchy lettuce, slices of juicy tomato, stuffed in fresh soft Turkish bread. There’s a choice of Sardellen (anchovies), Makrelen (mackerel), or Doradenfilet (gilthead seabream). Ominade, freshly-squeezed lemonade according to Oma’s (Grandmother’s) recipe, is the right amount of sweet-tart, providing cool refreshment for our afternoon snack.

“The guy, the family who runs that boat, they’ve got this right, and I’ve gotta admit this feels like we’re on the Bosporus.”

High praise from Ömer: born in Istanbul, raised in Köln, and who’s gone back to know Istanbul very well in adulthood.

We’re silent over the next few minutes, chewing slowly and contemplating Istanbul. I’m realizing the obvious. If the food is any indication, I’m missing out; I’ve not yet visited Istanbul.

But right now, I’m eyeing that long line. I want another fried-fish sandwich and lemonade.


If you’re visiting Frankfurt am Main, make your way to the Main river to the boat called Meral’s Imbissboot (Meral’s Snack Boat). Naturally, they serve Döner, but their fried fish is too good not to try. Subject to weather conditions, the boat is open for service every day from noon to 11pm, between March and October.

Public transport: nearest U-Bahn station Willy-Brandt-Platz or Schweizer Platz.

I made the photos above on 3 October (German Reunification Day) 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Germany’s urban G-E-M-S: Frankfurt am Main

Germany isn’t just about beer, Oktoberfest, or fairy-tale castles. There’s much more to find, see, and do in the country with a wide array of choices throughout the country.

But with tens of millions of visitors streaming into the country every year, are there any “hidden gems” left to discover?

The phrase “hidden gem” is mentioned as an overused cliché. Yet, the phrase can be turned over to emphasize the individual letters in “GEMS”. That word is no longer a four-letter burden or curse, because I’m creating an informative and more engaging acronym.

I shine the spotlight on places where most arrive by plane – on Germany’s five largest cities. They are Frankfurt am Main, Köln (Cologne), München (Munich), Hamburg, and Berlin.

Although it’s impossible to fit my favourites into a handful of categories, I’m listing for each city the following “G-E-M-S”: a Green Space, a place to Eat, a Museum, and something significant or Special. By design, the individual letters also work beautifully in German: Grünanlagen, Essen gehen, Museum, and Sondertipp, respectively.


Frankfurt am Main

Welcome and goodbye, Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof

Hello & goodbye, at Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof (HL)

The series begins in Frankfurt am Main, where a vast majority will find their introduction to the country. Frankfurt on the river Main (pronounced “mine”) is not only the primary gateway into Germany; the city is also the nation’s financial headquarters. Some may criticize the city for “non-beauty” and obsession with money to go along with the city’s nicknames “Bankfurt” or “MAIN-hattan”. But the people of Frankfurt work hard, and they also take their food, drink, art, culture, and leisure time very seriously.

Travelling within the city is easy to do with public transport on S-Bahn, U-Bahn trains, or Strassenbahn (streetcars).


Green space : Mainufer

Mainufer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Mainufer in summer light (HL)

You don’t have to go far to escape the hubbub of the city for something a little more tranquil. Along the banks of the river Main, or the Mainufer, are paved walks lined with grassy fields and leafy trees. A walk on the south bank of the Main, or Schaumainkai, produces a view of the tall city towers. In summer, people lie along the river for beer or wine, picnic nibbles, a chat and some laughs with some friends, or a simple snooze on a warm quiet afternoon.

Details: Mainufer.
Transit stop: S-/U-Bahn Hauptbahnhof, U-Bahn Schweizer Platz, or Tram Stresemannallee/Gartenstrasse.


Eat : Sümela II

Suemela II, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Turkish deliciousness (HL)

The spread and quality of food at the Turkish restaurant Sümela II are impressive. Start with the appetizer platter with bread (pide), dips, and salads; move next to cuts of lamb or chicken grilled over coals; and finish the meal with sweet Künefe drizzled in honey. We entered the joint as a “tough crowd” with discerning palates. We left extremely satisfied: delicious food, full bellies, happy people.

Details: Sümela II.
Transit stop: S-/U-Bahn Hauptwache, or U-Bahn Eschenheimer Tor.


Museum : Museum für Kommunikation

Museum for Communication, Frankfurt am Main

“TribuT”, by Jean Luc Cornec (HL)

How do we communicate with each other? How do we relay messages and news to one another? Do we inform or do we deceive? How have delivery mechanisms changed with time and technology? The Museum for Communication examines these questions from a historical perspective, and challenges visitors with possible answers for present and future.

Details: The Museum for Communication.
Transit stop: U-Bahn Schweizer Platz, or Tram Schweizer-/Gartenstrasse.


Special : Main Tower

Skyline, Frankfurt am Main

Surrounding the Main Tower at the centre (HL)

The Main Tower with its tall thin solid “candy-cane” pillar has an observation level about 200 metres above ground. It’s uncovered up top and exposed entirely to the elements, and visitors get a complete view of the entire city and surrounding area. Of all the city’s skyscrapers, the Main Tower offers the only public viewing area, and it’s high enough you can wave across the way at people working in the Commerzbank Tower. That alone is almost better than the view.

Details: Main Tower.
Transit stop: S-Bahn Taunusanlage, S-/U-Bahn Hauptwache, or U-Bahn Alte Oper.


Along with the location of the city’s primary train station, the map below shows the following G-E-M-S in Frankfurt am Main:

  • G: Green Space (Grünanlagen) – Mainufer,
  • E: place to Eat (Essen gehen) – Sümela II,
  • M: Museum für Kommunikation,
  • S: Special (Sondertipp) – Main Tower.

The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) is the local transport authority. Frequent S-Bahn S8 and S9 trains run several times per hour between Frankfurt airport’s regional train station, Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof, and the city’s main train station, Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof. Additional regional trains supplement travel in the short leg between airport and city. Each one-way trip is under 15 minutes.

From other locations around the country, Deutsche Bahn trains to Frankfurt am Main are approximately 4.5 hours from Berlin, 4 hours from Hamburg, 1 hour from Köln, 3 hours from München, and about 4 to 4.5 hours from Paris.

Check out the YouTube video, “Backpacker Survival Guide: Frankfurt”, by Mike Corey of Kick the Grind dot TV, for the German National Tourism Board.


Germany’s Urban G-E-M-S

(population source, Deutsche Städtetag)

I made all of the photos above, and this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Frolicking in Frankfurt am Main at Christmas

Fotoeins’ five : Capture the Colour

Fellow Canadian Holly Fraser at Same Skies Above kindly nominated me to “capture the colour” and participate in the present online meme sponsored by TravelSupermarket. It was a great opportunity to go through the past few years of my travel photography, and pick out some gems for this post.


BLUE

Snorkeling lesson at Junkanoo : Nassau, The Bahamas – 3 May 2012

I’d heard and read about the blue skies, turquoise waters, and white sands in the Caribbean, and I’d dismissed all of the descriptions as “exaggerations for memories.” However, they’re all undeniably true. Spending a few weeks in the Bahamas was a magical and relaxing experience.


GREEN

Curly-tailed lizard : Dicks Point, Nassau, The Bahamas – 5 May 2012

I saw this little guy climb from the wall and onto the branches, just outside the front door. The curly-tailed lizard stayed still, checking me out, and evaluating whether I was a threat. Just as I clicked, it scurried off into the bushes. I’m fortunate I got the various splashes of green and the bokeh in the background.


YELLOW

The U6 blur : Oranienburger Tor station, Berlin, Germany – 4 Oct 2009

In the German capital, the Berlin subway or U-Bahn consists of yellow trains. As this U6 train entered into Oranienburger Tor station, I had no idea when I made this photo how uniformly the yellow would appear throughout the entire frame. Sometimes, it pays to be lucky and patient.


WHITE

Schneefernerkopf (top-left) & Zugspitzeck (center) : Zugspitze, Germany/Austria – 9 Oct 2011

Standing at Germany’s highest point offers a look of the Alps, which on the clearest of days extends as far as Italy. Taking a chance on both the expense of the round-trip and cloudy skies (from the valley below), the view in clear skies at altitude of the surrounding peaks with the new snow-frosting was worth every penny.


RED

Ornaments, Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets), Frankfurt am Main, Germany – 18 Dec 2010

A favourite time of the year to visit Germany is during Weihnachtsmärkte or Christmas markets. Trudging through the snow in Frankfurt am Main’s markets, we stopped at an ornaments stand, when this explosion of red stars was begging to be photographed. And who was I to turn down such beautiful begging …


To continue the wash of colour, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers:

I made the photos above with a Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

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Fri(day) Fotos Festive theme

As announced a few days ago, today’s Friday-photos theme is “festive”:

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague
Christmas market at Old Town Square : Prague, Czech Republic – 4 December 2008.

Kripperlmarkt, Muenchen Munich
Crib or Manger Market : Munich, Germany – 1 December 2010.

Weihnachtsmarkt, Roemerberg, Frankfurt am Main
Christmas market at Römerberg : Frankfurt am Main, Germany – 18 December 2010.

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt Rathausmarkt
Christmas market at Rathausmarkt : Hamburg, Germany – 21 December 2010.

Unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte
Unter den Linden (near U/S Brandenburger Tor) : Berlin, Germany – 24 December 2010.

Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz, Berlin
Pariser Platz, near Brandenburg Gate : Berlin, Germany – 24 December 2010.

I hope you enjoyed the photos above, as much as I enjoyed making them! More blog posts about Christmas can be found here.

This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com)

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