This is one of three separate trip reports, one for each leg of my recent month-long excursion to Germany, England/Wales and Ireland. I hope this split helps improve the reports’ relevance for those interested in a single country.
The trip’s three segments had different durations and purposes. To summarize:
5 days solo in Frankfurt. Purpose: complete self-indulgence. It’s been too long since I was in Germany, and I like trips heavy on
activities, so traveling solo for this segment was wholly to recharge my own batteries and meet only my own needs
15 days in Chester & Mansfield, England. Purpose: help lead a tour for the Calgary Girls Choir. They participated in the Llangollen
International Eisteddfod (music festival) and several other concerts. I’m the President of the Board of Directors and did a lot of the
planning for the tour, so felt I should attend and help it go smoothly (which it did.)
10 days in Dublin & Castleisland, Republic of Ireland. Purpose: vacation and post-tour recuperation with the choir director, a
Frankfurt doesn’t get a lot of love on this forum, despite Ms. Jo’s best efforts to dispel the stereotypes about it being nothing but a dreary banking city. As I only had a few days to spend in Germany, and I haven’t spent much time there on past visits, I decided to stay put in Frankfurt and check it out. I read all the old posts I could find and asked some questions of my own to create an interesting basket of daily activities that I could do without moving hotels. I’ll discuss my choices day by day below, but to summarize, I had a wonderful time, saw a wide variety of sights, spent a great couple of evenings hanging out with Ms. Jo, spent other evenings chatting with Germans, and left lots of planned activities undone. Yup, I’ll just have to go back. It was terrific. Not a dull and boring city by any means.
I’ll start the report with logistics, followed by daily activities.