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On the other side of the river

Frankfurt is a relatively small town but with much to offer, on the other side of the main river one can watch the skyline of the city and appreciate the harmony between the modern architecture and the old building that are well preserved throughout the city. Today we just walk to the St. Paul's Church which is a symbol of the German democratic movement. In this building the "Vorparlament" held its meetings, from March 31 1848 until April 3, preparing the elections for the German National Assembly, the first freely elected parliament of Germany, then walk to the other side and enjoyed a long walk by the river!

Snow in the Friedberger Watchtower

The Friedberger Watchtower was constructed in 1478 to replace an existing watchtower from 1350. It belongs to the last watchtowers of its kind ever to be reconstructed by the local army.
It was built in late Gothic style and stands proud on the highest point in Bornheim. Furthermore it has a rectangular military yard including a kitchen and a well-room. The Watchtower was only called upon once to fulfil its purpose: In 1546, during the Schmalcaldic War, the local people of Frankfurt defended themselves against Charles V´s Imperial Troops.
In 1634 during the 30 Years War, both the tower and military yard were burnt down and destroyed by surrounding Croatian forces. Three years later, in 1637,the Watchtower was rebuilt. After such time, it no longer had a military function.
In the beginning, it served as customs station and afterwards as a fire station. Today is a know restaurant! The structure survived the Second World War without any major damage and today is a known restaurant.

Standards

No better resolution for the new year than following the standards that have been successfully used by thousands, and that work, that bring happiness and joy to life.

The new websites launched recently about Self-Relianceand for the Youth, contain good guidance for good resolutions, both for the young and for the old!

Happy New Year