We discussed what we would like to do in Frankfurt today. We decided against a Hop On/Hop Off bus or another castle. We decided to visit a botanical garden as we had not done that on this trip yet.
We drove into Frankfurt and got a good parking place near the Palmengarten (Palm Garden). Art went to the machine where you buy time to park and found he needed change to do that and did not have the correct coins. A man came up and they started talking. This gentleman insisted on paying for our parking. Art wanted to pay him with Euros but the man just said. "When I come to Canada, you pay for my parking." We were overwhelmed by this kindness.
On the way to the garden we drove past some blue sheep grazing on a lawn in front of an office building. When we looked these sheep up on the internet we found that they graze in various European cities. They are plastic sheep coloured blue called ovine art by German artists Rainer Bonk and Bertamaria Reetz.
When we arrived at the Palmengarten we found that daycares were transporting their charges to the park for the day. This is a picture of one of the wagons they used to transport the children. We saw another wagon which was much bigger and carried about ten children but the picture did not turn out.
We paid for our admittance and wandered into the tropical plant enclosure. This Glory Lily caught our attention right away. It is very beautiful.
Beautiful Glory Lily from Africa and Asia
Next we wandered past the dancing fountain and over to the water lily display.
Dancing fountain Palm Garden Frankfurt
The most plentiful and luxurious displays were of the peonies, rhododendrons and azaleas. The blooms were plentiful and varied. We are just sharing the best of the photos we took.
This park also had a miniature train which went around the park. This is its station.
Hauptbahnhaus for garden train
We had our picnic lunch sitting on a park bench and enjoying the day and the beautiful flowers.
As we were about to leave the park, a small bird caught our attention and even though it was nervous and flew from place to place it did stop long enough for us to get a photo. When we got back to our lodging we looked it up on the internet and found that it was a European Robin.
We returned to our car and started driving. A few blocks into our journey we spotted this tower with colourful buildings behind it. We can not find this tower on the internet but thought it was worth sharing.
Unable to name this tower
The last thing that caught our attention as we drove through Frankfurt was a very large installation that was animated. When we got back to the internet we found that this is a "Hammering Man". He was created by Jonathon Borofsky. There are a number of them in different cities around the world but this one at 21 feet tall is the most prominent. He was installed for the Frankfurt Trade Fair in 1990.
We thought we would share with you a view out of our window of the patchwork of fields in our view.
View of patchwork fields outside our window
Tomorrow we will take our Rhine River cruise. We need to leave here very early in the morning and will not arrive at our lodging in Koblenz until late at night so we may not get an email off until Friday.