The approach to Frankfurt Airport showed that the fall colors were already here:
The Sheraton at the airport now seems spiffier, I went up to the Club Lounge for a drink and ended up deciding to have my dinner here:
The city is the largest financial center in Continental Europe. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the world's largest by market capitalization.
This is Hub City, for all major air, rail and highway links virtually pass through my hotel room. Lufthansa is headquartered here.
The largest book fair on Planet Earth just ended here. 7,000 exhibitors and 286,000 visitors.
So to summarize, Mercer ranked Frankfurt as #7 in its Quality of Living survey. #1 has been Vienna since 2010, while San Francisco is the highest ranked U.S. city at #27, with Boston at #34 and Honolulu #36
There are no Michelin 3-Star nor Pellegrino Best 50 restaurants in Frankfurt, so I decided to go up to the Main Tower Restaurant. However, they were booked for the next two days. After a couple more checks, I decided, heck, I haven't had a good steak in weeks, so I asked for, and got a lunch reservation at M-Steakhouse, said to be the best in Frankfurt. Not sure why this bird is at the entrance.
I had a one pound rib-eye from the USA and glasses of California Cabernet and German beer:
The rest of the park:
The obligatory swan:
Then, on the way back to the airport I walked around the Zeil, which was not anything special:
This was my most relaxing day of the journey.
Scarily, Patricia took only a day and a half to strengthen from a tropical storm to a Category 5. Unofficially, Typhoon Nancy in the East Pacific reached a 1-minute maximum sustained wind speed of 215 MPH. Patricia hit 200 MPH. Iniki in 1992 was a Category 4 at 145 MPH when making landfall on Kauai.