3rd Jan 2011,
We departed sunny Singapore, hopped on a 12-hour flight and begun our much-awaited honeymoon.
note his expression. he knew he's going to be in for some kind of hell soon - free from work and possibly internet conection, foreign food and beyond-tired legs
checking for signal was one of the first thing he does once we got off the plane and stated waiting for the train to take us to Frankfurt am Main.
ow-ow's first appearance
light and tickling : his first snow
hardly Zephyros. it didn't snow when we touched down, it didn't snow when we were taking the train but the moment we stepped out of the subway station, Frankfurt gave bb what I wanted him to have for this honeymoon: a chance of snow.
huddling birds on leaf-less trees after a long winter flight. in the morning, they will be gone and who knows where they rested their aching wings the next night
We spent the next 2 nights at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Long history behind this one, they opened in 1876 as “Frankfurter Hof”, it was the first place to own the first public phone in Frankfurt 1891 and a year later, the first electric lightning. Having survived through the first world war and never been occupied during the WW2 by the Nazi Regime, the hotel was burnt down after a series of bomb attacks. Only the facade was saved and it’s the same facade that we see today.
i love all those little (well, little from afar) Christmas trees between the archways.
the hotel, then. Imagine the grandeur that the interior was
the room, however, contains none of the grandeur we saw on the facade, nonetheless, it was nothing to complain about... except... I was expecting the bed to be a little plushier though..
After a successful late-night scour for food outside, we headed back to the hotel to do some quick exploring through its endless corridors.
" swipe id if you want your ciggies! "
frankfurt (kaiser straße) in the morning... the sun just never seemed to officially start work until noon-time
Brasserie ici at Marriot Frankfurt was one of the breakfast experiences that i missed so much! This is just one small section that they have. The variety was incredible, though I felt with every passing years, they cut down on the variety, and this time round when i was there, my much-look-forward-to sliced beef steak was taken off! woe to me.
but the pancakes cheered me up a little
and this, more
bb had a long-distance phone relationship with a girl at the phone service-provider most parts of the morning
i had to entertain myself with my freakish eye
on familiar grounds
yummy bath bubbles
tools of the trade
this was the stuff that carried me through many lonely dinners in the room, me sitting cross-legged in a couch with my eyes either mindlessly watching german MTV or some english dramas I'd brought from home. Nonetheless, it was always enjoyable and a luxury I looked forward to.
taken from bb's pov: his stomach just couldn't compare with mine, he only had a soup
tiramisu after a meal like that? oh yes!
a maggi store. seasoned chicken noodle soup with more seasoning. eek! just what we needed for the cold outside.
at Römerberg plaza. all the pretty neogothic buildings you see behind us were all destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt after. lovely place for a meal, if you have spare to spend!
coffee at my favourite joint in the gloves my buddy personalised for me for christmas
toasty idea! sit al fresco and watch the world go by with your best friends tucked snuggly under these wool blankies
i'm still in awe at this mall's architecture a year plus after its completion
the cold and probably the time difference got the better of bb and we headed back to the hotel where i watched him sleep like a baby for the next 2 hours. i think my heart was still wandering out there
but being the good sport and a thoughtful husband, he woke up to go the other pizzaria that i must go to meet Jan with me. this look was a mishap after i , the absent-minded wife, hopped on the wrong tram and inadvertably caused the 20 minute wait in the cold dark night at an unsheltered tram station.
the taste of familarity that i missed soo much!
yummy, downed with generous portion of wine
if you had spotted our free model in the background of the 2 above pictures, you'd understand why we had to take a photo with this character
thanks jan for coming out to meet us when you too were under the weather!
More to come! We travel to Switzerland next! Touching hospitality and cats galore, but before that, which will be coming in the next post, I have to share this picture taken on our way back to the hotel.
this one is a classic look that even I won't get to see often. it's his "i'm cold and i'm tired and i have a loud hiccup" look