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Our party gathered at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras in London (next to Kings Cross) and used the Deutsche Bahn ICE service from Brussels via Cologne to Frankfurt. Leaving London at 0857, we arrived at Frankfurt at 1516. Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany, with only 750,000 inhabitants, but is the major financial centre of the country. It has a twin city arrangement with Birmingham. Frankfurt has its own large Christmas Market in the old town, and the new old town which is an extension using buildings which look like they are ancient, but have been built recently using traditional skills. It grew as a result of medieval trade fairs, and the first currency exchange for traders was established in 1585 with uniform exchange rates for the various types of money traded at the fairs. A city state for years, its St. Pauls church was used for…