Weekend in Frankfurt
As regular readers will know we went to the Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt last weekend. After a very early start we landed a little bleary eyed at the show a little after midday. This is the biggest trade fair we’ve ever seen, there are 12 halls and each hall has three floors! It’s so big there’s a mini bus that takes people between the halls! We breathe a sigh of relief that we both packed comfortable shoes and set of with map in hand.
Being a German run show everything was laid out perfectly, all similar types of suppliers and stock are kept together, with excellent signage and regular coffee shops or ice cream vendors to break up the journey. With so much to see though there was no time for too many stops, we had a lots of ground to cover! I have to say we’re glad we did, we saw the fabulous new season products and the stands were amazing, of course the Koziol stand was our favourite!
We particularly loved the seaside scape made from Del bins stacked upside down to create lighthouses with Surf bathroom storage rolling in the waves of the sea. Plus how much fun is Miller? The cute little windmill salt or pepper grinder.
At 6.30pm we boarded the Koziol bus to the Glucksfabric (the factory) for the annual party that Stefan and his son Daniel throw for their stockists and reps from all far flung corners of the world. Of course we took another spin through the museum, too good not to! But then settled down to some delicious food and drinks, to enjoy the band & to put faces to the names we email every week.
Three trips to the buffet and 2 glasses of wine later it’s time to get the bus back into Frankfurt. We finally make our way back to the hotel, after missing the tram and fall into bed well after midnight.
Sunday morning, we manage to miss the tram again! Must get a timetable next time! And end up walking to the exhibition, nice to get some fresh air though after being inside all day yesterday. We tackle the halls today that we need to see and didn’t make yesterday before we have to leave for our flight and head home to rest our weary feet.
All in all a very successful trip and well worth the tired feet!