The D&O Diary was on assignment in Germany last week for meetings and to attend a conference. The excursion was a bit of a return tour, as I have previously visited all of the stops on the itinerary. My wife accompanied me this time, and for her each stop represented a first encounter. With the help of the excellent German train system, we managed to visit a number of German cities in a very brief period, and to see a little of the countryside, as well.
Our German tour included visits to a number of cities, starting in the northern port city of Hamburg, traveling from there progressively southward through Cologne, Mainz,and Frankfurt, and then ending up in the southwestern city of Freiburg. It turns out that without consciously having planned it, all of the cities we visited sit alongside important German rivers – the Elbe for Hamburg; the Rhine for Cologne and Mainz; the Main for Frankfurt (as shown at the top of the post); and the Dreisam for Freiburg.
As the pictures above show, traveling in northern Europe in March can be a mixed bag; the weather can be great at times, but it can also be wintry as well, as we found out on Sunday morning. A soft layer of snow had fallen overnight, covering Freiburg in a chilly white blanket.
We managed to make five different stops on our brief German tour by relying on the Deustche Bahn, the excellent German railroad system. The trains were punctual, clean, quiet, and with free WiFi and comfortable seats, they provided an efficient and pleasant way to travel between the cities on our itinerary. (I typed the preceding sentence while traveling on an Inter-City Express [ICE] train between Freiburg and Frankfurt, so it expresses my experience and sentiment on a real time basis.)
While we enjoyed the chance to get to visit several German cities, the main reason for our trip to Germany was for me to attend and to participate as a panelist in a conference in Frankfurt hosted by the DRRT law firm. The conference was well-attended, with participants from all over the world — from Japan, Korea and Singapore, to Brazil and South Africa. It was a pleasure to be a part of this excellent conference for the fourth year in a row, and to have had the chance to meet so many people from so many places who read The D&O Diary.
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