That I did eventually make it in Frankfurt's main station was due to the fact that the connecting train arrived on the other side of the same platform and was delayed too. Soon after the ICE to Dresden had left Frankfurt in the direction of Fulda the loudspeaker informed us about an abandoned Aldi plastic bag in coach 22. Oh, oh! A few minutes later the train ground to an unscheduled halt at Gelnhausen station. All passengers had to leave the train, the platform, and even their luggage behind.
Gelnhausen is a small town in Hesse with beautiful half-timbered houses where the poet Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen was born in 1622. He is famous for the first German novel ever written: The adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus during the Thirty Years War. In addition Gelnhausen sports the remains of a Kaiserpfalz (Emperor's palace).
|Waiting at a safe distance on platform 1 for the big blow|
|A female German shepherd on her way to sniff explosives|