Painted Distributor Boxes
Telekom's distributor boxes are usually plain boring grey boxes in the streets. In Edenkoben they are all painted in different designs, more or less artistic, more or less colourful, but all interesting. Groups, clubs, schools and individuals could have one and paint it to their liking. The results are as varied as the people of the town.
My favourite one is on the intro page, here are a couple more. A kindergarten painted Jim Knopf and Lukas the locomotive driver with the island of Lummerland and Emma the locomotive - characters from a popular children's book by Michael Ende. Motives from the surrounding landscape were popular, like the Peace Monument, Villa Ludwigshöhe, or the vineyards. Next to the station there is one with travellers waiting on a platform. I have also seen animals, folkloristic scenes, flowers... Watch out for these boxes, there are many of them.
More distributor box pictures are in the travelogues.
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Sip a Glass of Wine in the Vineyards
It was a warm sunny spring day and the almond trees were in bloom. I walked a long the road that leads to Villa Ludwigshöhe when I spotted this pleasant scene around the big historical wine press: people sitting on chairs and benches enjoying a glass of wine. I tried hard but could not resist the temptation;-)
A local winery had spotted this market niche and put up a stall where they sold their produce by the glass. I can't tell how often they do this - probably only on weekends (it was Saturday) and only if the weather cooperates. The price was moderate - something like 3.50 € for a quarter.
So keep your eyes open on weekends along the walk from Edenkoben to Villa Ludwigshöhe - they were about halfway, on the hill where the big old wine press is on display. If you see the stall, enjoy the most pleasant pastime a wine village in Palatine has to offer. If you are by car, the poor driver will have to abstain. Another advantage of public transport!
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The mild climate of Palatine allows not only growing vines but also almond trees. When they are in bloom they are the town's pride and joy. Every year around the end of March and beginning of April people come to see and admire the blooming trees. Edenkoben celebrates a Mandelblütenfest (Almond Blossom Festival) every spring.
Almond blossoms are rather large compared to those of other fruit trees. the tender petals show a pale pink colour. They grow on the ends of the twigs and magically transform the scruffy bare trees.
The almond trees bloom for just a short period. In March the town's website shows up to date photos every day so visitors can check how far the blooming has proceeded. When the blossoms are open, don't hesitate, it won't last much longer than a week. This year spring was early and I'm afraid there weren't many blooming trees on the weekend of the festival, the best was already over.
Single almond trees are many places in town but the best location to enjoy them is the long row along the road to Villa Ludwigshöhe.
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