I almost hate to admit it, but we spent most of the past week at the Element Hotel near the Frankfort International Airport.
Normally, I prefer staying right in the heart of the city, and that was our original plan for Frankfurt, but having slept so well and discovered the easy, eight kilometer cycle path into the Frankfurt city center, it just made sense to take advantage of the “luxury to us” Element Hotel: super comfortable beds, handy business services, friendly staff with good English speaking skills, and beautiful wooded forest that made me think of Hansel and Gretel* every time we cycled into town.
I know I sound like a Trip Advisor review but what I’m really giving is 5 star review to the flexibility of cycle touring. In other words, without the bike, the hassle of a 15-minute walk to the airport to catch a 30 minute train into town or the expense (almost 50 Euros) of a taxi ride into the city center make staying near the Frankfurt airport inconvenient.
But, for us cycle tourists, we were able to utilize the facilities of a new, modern less-expensive hotel and enjoy the scent of newly cut pine in the shady forest on our daily cycle to errands/apppointments/sightseeing trips to and from the city center.
After almost 10 months of the road, our list of “to dos” has gotten quite long: American Consulate, doctors appointments, re-filling prescriptions, browsing bookstores for maps, faxing or express mailing paperwork, sorting and purging cycling bags, etc.
The commute to “work” has been pleasant and the return “home” at night to a good bed and a quiet room has really helped with the jet lag.
Now our “to do” list is empty and our internal clocks are adjusted to German time
Rhine River , fairy tale castles, good food and drink…here we come!
*We did get lost in the woods a couple of times and I thought of leaving a path of bread crumbs just like Hansel and Gretel. We did use a cell phone and a good map and GPS – and still got disoriented and wondering if we would find the witches candy house.. But after a week of commuting, I can confidently say, “Don’t stress if you get lost”. You know the saying “All roads lead to Rome”? Well, in this case, all paths lead back to the airport or Frankfurt or somewhere.