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First Day at the Frankfurt Book Fair: Photo Impressions

Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Gutenberg Museum Stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting point for book lovers, and the enormous fair hall pulses: with color, passion, and beautiful, beautiful books. Book people–from authors to publishers and everyone in between–have descended on Frankfurt, and for the next five days, Frankfurt will be the unofficial capital of books.

I spent the morning wandering the cavernous halls, getting a feel for the layout and taking pictures of books and stands. I think I could spend the next year here and not manage to see it all. The program booklet is as thick as a telephone book, though I doubt I’ll make it to even half of the interesting events I’ve circled. A large “Lesezelt” (reading tend) has been set up in the courtyard outside, and there are rumored to be readings by Finnish authors happening in a sauna (how that is supposed to work I have no idea).

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World Cup Blog: Aftermath USA vs. Die Mannschaft

Thomas Müller fired an unstoppable 20 metre shot to give Germany a 1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday and top spot in World Cup Group G.

The United States, coached by former German boss Jurgen Klinsmann, also went through to the last 16 despite the 1-0 defeat in rain-sodden Recife.

Fanfest at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt am Main.

Fanfest of the World Cup match USA vs. GER (photos by Lisa Bommersheim)

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Fanfest of the World Cup match USA vs. GER (photos by Lisa Bommersheim)

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Blockupy Frankfurt

This past week the Blockupy Movement staged a number of events and protests in Frankfurt am Main.  Take a look at some images from the week:

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Blockupy protests in Frankfurt am Main

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Blockupy protests in Frankfurt am Main 2013

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Merry Christmas, Young Germany

For those who celebrate, today is a day of family, ornaments, food, friends, and gifts.  We’ll take one last glimpse at a German Christmas market before they close up for the season.  Have a great day!

A star lamp stand at the Frankfurt Christmas market. Photo (c) Click Clack Gorilla

One stand was selling chocolate tools. They looked incredibly realistic. Photo (c) Click Clack Gorilla

A close-up of the chocolate tools. Photo (c) Click Clack Gorilla

One Gluhwein stand was shaped like a barrel. Photo (c) Click Clack Gorilla

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Frankfurt’s Steamy Side

The Rhein-Main Therme had two delightful log-cabin-style outdoor saunas. Photo (cc) flickr user Romain Cloff

I’ve written about it before, and I’ll write about it again.  I can’t get enough.  I’d do it every single week if I could.  Every day even.  I’m talking about visiting the sauna.  And for anyone who loves the steamy tradition, Germany is a great place to be.

Resident on Earth has explained sauna etiquette, and I have raved about my favorite sauna in Mainz before.  But having recently moved to Frankfurt am Main, I now have a whole new set of what are called Sauna Landschaften to explore.  I couldn’t be happier.

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Expat Life: Hello, Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main. Photo (cc) flickr user doistrakh

Frankfurt, Dresden, Frankfurt, Mainz, Frankfurt.  It seems I can’t move to another city in Germany without making a stop back in the first German town I ever called home.  And now, as of Saturday, here I am calling it home again.  Who’d have thought?

My husband certainly hadn’t.  I’d always had a soft spot for the city—there were so many gritty, interesting little corners—and after all, Frankfurt ist ein Dorf (Frankfurt is a village).  It may be one of Germany’s big cities and its banking capital, but it doesn’t feel like a big city.  Particularly not after you’ve been in New York.  But that is part of its beauty: it has a small-town feeling with a big-city’s perks.  I’ve never understood why so many expat bloggers spend so much time railing on the place.  It’s quite charming if you give it a chance, I say, though my husband is yet another who has never been able to see the place through my eyes.

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