Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Zeil's the Real Deal; A Famous Shopping Street Comes as a Complete Surprise

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Zeil's the Real Deal; A Famous Shopping Street Comes as a Complete Surprise

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TRAVEL

with Ann Rickard

IF YOU GO:

The Zeil, Frankfurt's premier pedestrian promenade, ranks among Germany's most profitable shopping streets.

Find out more about Frankfurt and other German towns and highlights at germanytravel.com.

SOME travel writers like to do extensive research before they embark on a trip. They like to know as many details as possible about their destination before they go. Others would rather take the capricious "let-me-see-when-I-get-there'' approach. I fall in between. I like to know a little about where I am going, but too much could spoil it for me.

So it was that I found myself enchanted to stumble across Germany's premier shopping street in Frankfurt.

The Zeil just happened to be around the corner from my hotel (I was beautifully ignorant of this) and when I casually asked the concierge if there was any decent shopping nearby, he just pointed me around the corner. He didn't make mention of the Zeil being a wide and lovely pedestrianised street with graceful sycamore trees and wondrous shops.

See? Nice surprises await the unenlightened traveller. When you stumble on something great, you feel proprietorial towards it. The Zeil was my discovery alone.

It was very early spring, a Saturday afternoon. Although the day was warm, almost balmy, the thousands of people strolling the Zeil were dressed in thick padded coats, woolly scarves, protective boots, knitted beanies.

"You have just been through a cold winter and left the house in your normal gear without realising it was going to turn out a warm spring day," I thought to myself as I passed all the luxury shops, itching to go into Louis Vuitton but refraining for fear of upsetting myself by looking at all those gorgeous products I couldn't afford.

As is the case in most European countries, the shops were overheated, so all those people were entering the large department stores and pulling off hats, removing scarves and turning rosy with the heat. …

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