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What We Do to Avoid Frankfort
February 03, 2009

Our goal as the four Krause staffers mentioned yesterday in this blog flew to Germany was to avoid the Frankfort Airport. Last year we arrived there in the wee hours of the morning. It was such a rush through customs and passport control that we hoped to do better this year by not going there and having to worry about catching another flight in case we were delayed.

So this year, we left Appleton, Wis., yesterday and flew to Detroit. Then we boarded another plane for New York City. In New York, we boarded a direct flight for Berlin, avoiding Frankfort.

Tom Michael pointed out that there is a film festival taking place in Berlin this week. It offers Golden Bear Awards. The bear is the symbol of the city.

Last year a contact at the Royal Canadian Mint mentioned that his group dined at a restaurant at which George Clooney was also dining, because he was in town for the festival then.

I don't expect to sight any Hollywood stars. Our itinerary this year in our first hours in Berlin is to make a couple of museum stops as long as we can stay awake.

Perhaps tomorrow I will be more fully awake and have more observations to share.



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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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