|das Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt (Oder)|
|A German border post on the river bank. The border actually runs down the middle of the river Oder, but you wouldn't see the post if they put it there!|
|die St. Marienkirche, Frankfurt (Oder)|
|Frankfurt Side of the Oder|
We came across a great deal more people crossing the bridge over the river to Słubice. The road-traffic was understandable because the Oder is a mighty river with limited places you can cross. On the Frankfurter side you could still tell where the border-control checkpoints and customs used to be, but nowadays you don't need a passport to cross.
|The river Oder, looking South, up-stream. It's wide, innit?|
|A typical 24/7 drive-in duty-free emporium in Słubice|
|If you want to stuff your face with Italian cuisine whilst drinking and smoking yourself to death as well as getting a tattoo - Słubice is hog's heaven for you!|
Though it wasn't like Oxford Street on this side of the river either, sometimes it did feel a bit like the Old Kent Road:
|A London Pub in Słubice? Make's a change from Irish Pubs I suppose.|
|Słubice High Street. We weren't sure if all the wooden supports everywhere were an architectural feature, or were actually stopping the balconies crashing down. We think the latter.|
Poignantly, on the Frankfurt side there is also a memorial centre to the victims of the NKVD (pre-cursor to the KGB) who came in the wake of the Red Army and arrested, murdered, or sent to gulags anyone suspected even remotely of being a fascist sympathiser.
Before you run away with the idea that Słubice is all pizza parlours, drug-pushers, and painful politics, there are examples of stunning, modern architecture around the European University Viadrina too.
Back in Frankfurt (Oder) the restored architecture is more traditional, and is a reminder that Frankfurt's history goes a long way back. In fact, the numerous churches and Franciscan monastery are there because before the Reformation (when Protestant killjoys said down with that sort of thing) Frankfurt was on one of the main mediaeval arteries of pilgrims making their way to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in North Western Spain along the Way of St James (Jakobsweg).
|die Friedenskirche Frankfurt|
|Some of the sculptures in Frankfurt are really just rubbish|