It’s late Thursday afternoon as I write this, and we are in Frankfurt, our last hotel location before heading home. There will be more from this city after our walking tour and museum visits, but for now a few shots and comments about our departure from Nuremberg and our arrival here.
Below the Frankfurt pics is a longer entry about our day in Munich on Wednesday.
This is what we look like in every train station: a massive platoon with lots of luggage. Dunkin’ Donuts became our rendezvous spot in Nuremberg.
This is what we look like in every hotel lobby: a massive platoon with lots of luggage. This is our arrival in Frankfurt.
The professors had warned the students about two things: It was gonna get cold, and make sure you can carry your luggage up flights of steps if necessary. Today, both things occurred. In Nuremberg, students had to drag their suitcases up a flight of concrete steps to the train platform. Then they had to jump up on the train with their bags, pull them down the narrow aisle, and lift them into overhead bins, all in 32 degree weather. There are some German commuters who are no doubt nursing bruises this evening from being whacked repeatedly by a conga line of Gutenbergers trying to get to their seats.
Cold as it was in Frankfurt when we arrived, the professors ate at a nearby outdoor market full of bratwurst, desserts, and other delectables. We had the best bratwurst ever in a frigid little food tent. As you can see by the pic below, you could buy fruit, vegetables, meat, and apparently, animal pelts.
OUR DAY IN MUNICH
Munich was filled with lows and highs. We visited the Park built for the 1972 Olympics. Tragedy struck that year’s summer Olympics when eleven Israeli Olympic team members were kidnapped and killed, along with a German policeman, by Palestinian terrorist group Black September. The communications angle on this visit was ABC Sportscaster Jim McKay’s amazing marathon reporting of the event as it unfolded on live television. The Olympics were suspended, then resumed, and U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won seven Gold Medals, holding the record until 2008 when Michael Phelps won eight medals.
After a brief tour of the park and a fast elevator ride to the top of a TV tower at Olympiapark, we walked across a pedestrian bridge to the BMW headquarters and factory, ate at the snack bar, and daydreamed about which auto(s) we wanted to take home with us. A group of students also toured the BMW museum located in an adjacent building.
This iconic photo shows one of the Palestinian terrorists on the balcony of Building 31 in the Olympic Village in 1972.
Building 31 today. The Olympic Village still stands across a wide and busy highway from the Park. The apartments are now occupied by renters and students.
Kat and Audrey researched the Olympic tragedy prior to leaving Elon. Here, they explain events of 1972 to the class in front of a memorial placed at the apartment building a few years ago.
The class listened intently in the cold about the kidnapping of the Israeli athletes.
This is a shot of the TV tower from the Olympic Village.
This is a shot of the Olympic Village from the TV tower.
This is the soccer field and stadium used at the ’72 Olympics.
BMW from atop the tower.
For some reason, there is a rock and roll museum with odd bits of memorabilia at the top of the Olympic TV tower. This is a guitar once owned by Frank Zappa.
Tim played The Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” on the vintage Wurlitzer juke box, located next to a mirrored piano once played by Elton John. Tim has good taste in music.
Kat channels models at car shows as she describes the sleek lines of a BMW.
Terrence, Jordan, Johnny, and Katie look very happy in this new Mini.
We loved the swivel cocoon chairs, as Quinn illustrates here.
Chelsea has to lean forward to be seen. These were really great chairs.
The professors pose as Bond villains accompanied by Chelsea, Patrick, and Jordyn.
Munich is a cool city. Here, classical musicians play in Marienplatz. Their CDs were on sale at the red table in front, and they drew a large crowd.
The New Town Hall was completed in 1908.
The students noticed early on that Profs. Hatcher and Makemson had the same initials as a certain discount clothing chain.