A Change of Scenery – Off to Frankfurt with Lufthansa
In this adventure
- Well, 2020 is turning out to be a fine year for travel…
- Travel preparations
- Off to Birmingham Airport
- LH959 Birmingham to Frankfurt-am-Main International
- Entering Germany
- Frankfurt Airport XXL Tour
- Hotel: Mercure Hotel Hauptbahnhof/Messe, Frankfurt
- Exploring Frankfurt in these odd times
- Back to FRA
- LH954 Frankfurt to Birmingham
- Welcome back to the UK
- A welcome change
Well, 2020 is turning out to be a fine year for travel…
2020 has been dominated by one headline alone – COVID-19, Coronavirus, or Human Malware.
In many respects has sent the world backwards, with countries adopting isolationism in a vain attempt to control the spread of the virus (even if local populations can’t be bothered to wash their hands or wear a mask).
Travel for me ended up in the bin this year since the beginning of the year and culminated in my Chicago trip going bang. Along with that, the trip Hamburg went bang with it, the day trip to Dublin going in the bin and my grand summer trip to somewhere wound up being a week at home, managing to get my hair cut.
And I considered that a major win.
But, these are odd times. We have to make do with what we can get.
As most of you know, I’ve been keeping a hawkish eye on the UK FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) travel corridors, as the governments within the United Kingdom struggle to find their backside with both hands (spoiler alert: they can’t).
Germany has been constantly on the travel corridors lists for some time – and let’s be honest – I need a change of scenery right now.
And yes, I could spend somewhere different in the United Kingdom… but those travel shoes do get itchy – especially when I’ve been on the job since January with about 8 days annual leave taken since everything has gone to heck.
As for why now? The summer peak travel is passed and people are preparing to hunker down, before the nastiness that will be winter.
In many respects, I haven’t left the confines of Birmingham and the West Midlands for some time (the furthest I’ve been in Ross-On-Wye and Hereford on business travel (pro-tip, they’re further away from Birmingham than they look on the map).
On pleasure trips, I’ve hardly skipped past the borders of Birmingham, mainly as I’ve not needed to wander.
So, with Germany on the horizon, there are two ways I can cut this
- Head to Birmingham Airport, travel and be done with it.
- Head to Heathrow, but with all the additional travel fun and games, even though I could use lounges and such.
As I’m hell-bent on trying to keep my contact with other people down a fair bit (because, Eww. People), Heathrow and British Airways are out of the window for this short run.
Therefore I turn to our friends at Lufthansa who has re-established connectivity to the regions in the UK and have a twice-daily service between Birmingham and Frankfurt.
And that’s no bad thing – I don’t fancy the drive to London right now, or dealing with public transport for longer segments unless I have to.
Looking at Lufthansa.com, segments were rather easy to price up, to say the least. This makes life a lot easier than you can imagine.
Timings and frequencies are all over the shop the though, with one service in the early morning, one in the afternoon from Birmingham, and an afternoon and late-evening service returning.
I, therefore, chose an early morning flight on the way out, and the lunchtime flight back to Birmingham. Whilst I could had chosen the later departure, I do have other things to do in my life, which call me back to Birmingham.
Booking the ticket was simple enough – just click through and select. For the outbound flight, I chose a seat-only fare. On the way back I chose a fare with seat and bag, mainly as I wanted to bring back some currywurst sauce.
So, here’s the map for this trip.
And for the first time this year – let’s travel!
But first… some travel preparations.
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