Day number 19 proved to be pretty bloody cruisey. Went to Mainz and sat by the Rhine River for much of the day at a pop-up summer time beach bar with Kathi, Andrew, Anne, Pete plus special guests.
Migrated to a local restaurant for dinner, where a single small schnitzel would have been sufficient for the entire table. Subsequently felt unwell.
Day number 20 started in Hofheim, before a train ride into Frankfurt for a dose of shopping, and more sitting at a beach bar, this one on the Main River.
Fast forward to the 21st day, and the collective asses were put back into gear.
Went for a cruise from Frankfurt-Höchst to Rüdesheim and back to Mainz.
Through a couple of locks on the Main River, the scenery really picked up once we cleared the industrial areas and made it to the Rhine River.
First was Mainz, then Wiesbaden, Eltville (where the wine street party was on Saturday night), Oestrich-Winkel, and our destination.
Some pretty awesome scenery throughout, especially in Rüdesheim, with its vineyards clinging onto the steep hills.
Caught a chairlift to the top of the hill where there are several monuments. Very nice.
Finished the day with a shop around Mainz.
The timing of my flights on this trip has meant that I haven’t suffered any jet lag to date. Unfortunately I did suffer an horrendous post-British Grand Prix hangover, even if no alcohol was consumed over the weekend. 120km of cycling on minimum sleep does that apparently.
Twas woken up at 10:30am, probably could have gone a few more hours.
Headed into Frankfurt town for a walking tour of the city. Started out at the Opera, where fortuitously there was a food/booze fair in progress. Had the obligatory sausage on a roll, before headed off to the 200m tall Main Tower. Impressive view from the roof.
Around the corner was the house where Goethe grew up, then we kept on trekking through the part of town that was restored after the war. Chilled out in Romberberg Plaza (where the Christmas Markets are held), checked out the Alte Nikolai Church, then headed over and along the river.
Visited the Frankfurt Cathedral and the marketplace, before going slightly overboard in the shops along the way.
Had dinner at the Kartoffelhaus (Potato Restaurant), then got dropped at the shops to buy supplies for Hamburg. The 15min walk home was via various strawberry, pear, corn and grain fields. Nice touch.