Depositing your Winter Coat at Frankfurt Airport

As travel towards warmer destinations are sure to pick up again during this winter season, handling a heavy coat on flights isn’t what most of us enjoy.

The Frankfurt Airport offers to keep your coat in its luggage deposit room for a daily fee of 50 cents. This service will run until spring break 2015.

There are three luggage deposit rooms (Gepäckaufbewahrung), see locations below:

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• Terminal 1, Bereich B, Ebene 1 (Ankunft), täglich 24 Stunden geöffnet, Telefon (069) 690-70786;

Terminal 1, Hall B, Level 1 (arrivals), 24-hour coat check-in

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• Terminal 1, Bereich B – C, Ebene 2 (Abflug), täglich von 6 bis 22 Uhr geöffnet, Telefon (069) 690-73277;

Terminal 1, Hall B – C, Level 2 (departures), open daily from 6am – 10pm

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• Terminal 2, Bereich D, Ebene 2 (Ankunft), täglich von 6 bis 22 Uhr geöffnet, Telefon (069) 690-72860.

Terminal 2, Hall D, Level 2 (arrivals), open daily from 6am – 10pm

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If you do use this service, please remember to pick up your coat as well. Personal winter clothing items are only kept for three months, then they get auctioned off.

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 Gute Reise!

(Have a good trip!)

Frankfurt Airport Carry-on Baggage Restrictions and Now you Need to Buy a Plastic Bag

Last week, we traveled from Frankfurt via Paris via Birmingham to Nottingham. This took 11 hours. We could have made it to China within the same time.

We all know the guidelines for carry-on restrictions, such as the limit of 4 liquid or gel-like items in your toiletry/medical bag. Unfortunately, my personal care items exceeded that; I had overlooked the tooth paste.

In the past, if that were the case, passengers were usually handed a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag and we stuffed our more than four items in it for a closer inspection at the security check point.

Not anymore. On 29 April 2014, my son and I checked into two different lines at the security checkpoint. He went through quickly, whereas I had to have my toiletry bag checked, was informed of one too many gel-like items. New: instead of being given a bag, I was told to pack up again and buy a bag. As simple as that. “Where can I buy a bag?”, “Over there.” came the very enthusiastic answer. I don’t blame them either. Security screeners, working in a very noisy and strenuous environment and dealing with nervous and/or tired passengers, only make € 6,85 an hour at the Frankfurt Airport. That is before taxes. Some of them are married with children.

After I repacked, gathered my belongings, and put on my boots again, I went to look for this over there machine. By then, I had to rely on this very useful female trait of asking someone for help. I was taken to  the machine. It is the size of a cigarette machine and facing the wrong way. Wrong  in the sense that out-coming passengers can’t see it.

After a very short period of relief,  I noticed I didn’t have the right change. The machine takes only 50cent and 1euro coins. Of course, I had everything else in my purse, but not the required change.

Back to the friendly staff, who helps direct passengers. One of them was able to make change for my two euro coin, so I could buy this darn safetybag packet.

carry-on zip-top plastic bag at Frankfurt Airport

carry-on zip-top plastic bags for sale at Frankfurt Airport

For the readers who wonder why I kept it in carry-on. I was booked on a flight without check-in baggage.

My son was starting to get a bit worried, because I was gone for at least an extra 20 minutes. And he did not know I had to go off to buy this plastic bag. Well, I guess the airport is either trying to cash in on this gold mine OR reduce our carbon footprint by making passengers more mindful.

I will definitely remember this next time. Both bags from the little yellow packet are in my toiletry bag now.

Fact: Always keep a plastic bag (16.2 cm X 24.2 cm or 6.38″ X 9.53″) with you. Running off to make this purchase and separating from your clueless fellow travelers does not improve your travel mood at 6:30am. “Mama, wo warst du denn die ganze Zeit…?”

 

By TGV from Frankfurt to Paris

For our weekend get-away to Paris, we had decided to go by train when the Deutsche Bahn (DB) had one-way tickets for just euro 39.

We were really glad to have chosen Paris by train and not Mallorca by plane (we had briefly considered it), because the day of our departure, Frankfurt Airport was on strike all day.

We  boarded the S-Bahn from our newly rebuilt train station in Oberursel to the Hauptbahnhof (21 minutes).

Oberursel train station

Oberursel train station

I enjoyed a few minutes under blue skies near the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof exit, while my husband was across the street trying to locate a machine to charge his mobile phone. We could not find a place within the train station.

Frankfurt/Main

Frankfurt/Main

It is quite an adventure to travel by TGV (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, high-speed train). At times, it almost feels like you’re on a flight. Also, once you get onto French soil, the speed really picks up. When other trains pass, your ears pop afterwards. The train conductor makes announcements like any captain on an aircraft would do.

TGV leaving Frankfurt

TGV leaving Frankfurt

And yes, after four hours of high-speed traveling, your legs might buckle a bit when you get off the train.

Then it was off by car, with a little tour through the red-light district Pigalle.

Pigalle, Paris

Quartier Pigalle, Paris

Here is my favorite photo, which captures the spirit of Quartier Pigalle on a Friday night.

Moulin Rouge, Quartier Pigalle

Moulin Rouge, Quartier Pigalle

We finished off the evening with a bottle of wine at my brother-in-law’s home in Suresnes. Paris, here we are!