20.12.2014 - 20.12.2014 4 °C
Off to Ockenfels today to link with my family history. My grandfather was an Ockenfels and interestingly he was a shoe maker and there is a Castle of the same name that is today the head office of a shoe factory.
The journey was a very picturesque drive along the Rhine about an hour south of Koln. The Castle stands out on the hill along with some lovely homes. Historically there were only 62 houses so it is likely that our family lived in one of them. A nice feeling.
We had intended to have lunch somewhere along the Rhine but decided Frankfurt was too close to miss so one and a half hours later on the autobahn we had lunch and a look around Frankfurt. Firstly though, my husband who loves porsches, sees and hears a white GT3 Porsche fly past at 200km/hr in the fast lane while we totter along in the slow lane at 130km/hr.
Frankfurt is just another city with lots of buildings and shopping centres.
Trip home was quick and we found a LIdl (supermarket like Aldi) to pick up a few supplies. When we got to the checkout I handed the lady my visa card, but the lady was quite emphatic saying “NEIN VISA” repeatedly and loudly. So we assumed they didn’t accept visa. MMM’mmm, of course now that is John’s favourite saying causing us lots of laughs.