There are still a few horses in Frankfurt, but they are used solely for recreation, not for transportation or farming.
Second photo: A family on horseback.
Third photo: Our ancestors would not have been at all surprised to see horse manure on the road, in fact I’m sure we 21st century folks would be astounded if we could see the huge quantities of it that must have been lying around everywhere just a century or two ago. But our ancestors would be just as astounded if they could see the smooth asphalt roads that now lead in and out of even the smallest villages like this one.
Asphalt, however, is made of oil and is already getting more expensive, so in a few years or decades it might well be too expensive to build smooth roads like this all over the landscape. Back to gravel? In some places it’s already happening, but not (yet) in prosperous Germany.
There are several small businesses in Frankfurt, the largest and most obvious being the Fritz Bauer bus company.
They have several buses which are kept in this garage in the center of Frankfurt. In addition to renting out buses for group travel, Bauer also has concessions to run several public bus lines in this region.
Second photo: Looking in through the window of the bus garage.
Third photo: Identification on the back of one of the buses.
Fourth photo: Frankfurt even has a bus stop and is served by three different bus lines, but when you look at the symbols and the small print on the schedules it turns out that the buses run only on school days. In the school vacations there is little or no bus service.
GPS 49°40'49.63" North; 10°31'32.72" East
Since the buses run only on school days and the nearest railroad station is ten kilometers away at Markt Bibart, people in Frankfurt are dependent on their cars or motor scooters (or trucks or tractors) for transportation.
Second photo: The road to Kornhöfstadt.
Third photo: Sign at the edge of town: leaving Frankfurt, 1 km to Kornhöfstadt.
Why can't we have ventilation like this in the US? People are allowed to smoke in the airport, because there a massive WALL OF SUCTION that slurps away all of the air impurities. Seriously, people were puffing away like smokestacks, and you couldn't smell the cigarettes at all. Superb.
If you get bored in the airport, much enertainment can be derived from walking around and reading the English-language advertisments. They're so sleek and well produced, and so non-sensical.
There's also the wall of grass. It is a wall with grass growing on it.
I really like Germany.