This is a postcard from a faraway land. I haven’t been to any far away lands lately. I haven’t been anywhere lately, except to the supermarket and back. These days I get my travel-fix from the mailbox.
This postcard comes to me from a good friend who recently visited Frankfurt, Germany. She was kind enough to think of me while she was there.
Who is this friend?
Well, since she has a spot on the internet I’ll tell you who she is…
It’s my good friend Ulla from Stoffrausch & Wolllust.
Ulla and her daughter have a great handmade business with awesome products like the scarves featured above, fabric jewelry, purses, and notebooks and notecards made from vintage book covers. It’s really groovy stuff.
Enough about Ulla. This is the travel page of the blog. Let’s talk about Frankfurt.
Dating back to Roman times, it’s one of the oldest cities in Germany. Like most German cities it is a fantastic mix of old and new. There is an adorable old city center that surrounds the old town hall. This is in stark contrast to the city’s ever changing skyline. It is home to 14 of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe. While more visitors are in Frankfurt for business than pleasure, it boasts a great art and culture scene. It is estimated that people of 180 different nationalities are living in Frankfurt. Can you imagine the influence this has on the entertainment and dining scene?! There are more museums and galleries than you can shake a stick at, and Frankfurt is home to the longest shopping street in Germany. (wallets beware)
In fact, the postcard Ulla sent me is made by a local artist. Her name is Sabine Kranz. She is an illustrator who finds her main inspiration in the 1950’s and 60’s. Clean lines and romantic retro colors and patterns are at the heart of her work. (love that)
Enough about Sabine. Let’s talk more about Frankfurt.
It is the home of the largest botanical garden in Germany. Ebblewoi (apple wine) is the locally produced drink of choice.
Not surprising, the Frankfurt Christmas market is not to be missed.
Aside from the hot dog, another famous Frankfurter is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a famous writer. Born in 1749 he is responsible for many beloved poems, articles, and novels. There exist many a famous Goethe quote. My favorite is, “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
Thanks for reading today! Don’t forget to visit Frankfurt if you have the chance.
Oh, and if you’re interested in purchasing any of Ulla’s work feel free to contact her. Her website is in German, but she does speak English.
PS… if you think of me during your travels feel free to mail me a postcard that I can post on this page. Being 25 weeks pregnant and housebound, I appreciate it.