What I like to call…

17 Aug

…the Sindelfingen Central Park!  OK, so the folks here like to call it the Sommerhofen Park, but it really is huge and pretty and with lots of trails just like in NYC!  Like always, I did some research to learn about the area.  40% of the town is made up of woods and green spaces.  BAZINGA!  (If you don’t understand this exclamatory reference, you need to immediately download season 1 of Big Bang Theory- Sheldon is my boyfriend, so hands off 🙂 ).  Anyhoo…Originally, the park and its quaint Klostersee lake were created as a state garden show site and ecological center.  Today, it might as well still be a show ground, it’s kept so nicely!

Lake Klostersee

All the ducks and ducklings come from all over the lake for passersby to feed them bread 🙂

Playgrounds just built on piles of rocks...

One of my favorite things about the park is the idea behind it- the fact that it was used for gardening shows and that it still looks like it could win a prize today!  How is that, you ask?  Well, because so many people here live in apartments (there are very few single family homes, almost none within city limits), they can ‘rent’ their yards within this park!  Much of the land is divided into 40′ x 100′ fenced yards that individuals or families can rent for their own personal use.  Each space has a small building and a covered work area.  Apparently there are guidelines that must be followed with regards to upkeep, height of plants, etc., (I suppose it wouldn’t be good if someone chose to use their space as a garbage dump!), but other than that, it appears that these yards are used however each ‘tenant’ wants!  Flowers or veggies, rocking chairs or hammocks, bbq grills or yoga mats…Here are some of the gardens we saw on our walk earlier this week so you can see the variety (it should be noted that you could walk the park for an entire day and not see all the gardens!)

A garden 'alleyway...' Some are paved, others are grass...

Each yard has a similar building, most seem to be made of cedar...

Looking down the fence line, you can see about 4 different gardens...

Some like lawns with flowerbeds...

Veggies...

Some like flowers...

Another neat part of the park is the bird conservatory at the far end.  Bird enthusiasts can, again, rent spaces to care for all types of birds- chickens and pigeons to parakeets, cockatoos and blue macaws to exotics like toucans and parrots- and for all purposes- selling eggs, educating the public, etc.  Last night, just before dinner, the clouds parted and we were able to take the pups on a nice long walk through the birds.  They LOVED it!  Ha!

Row of bird cages (some bigger than our entire apartment!) for as far as you can see!

Dulcie getting up close and personal with the Barred Plymouth Rock hens 🙂

John's leading the tour 🙂

This picture doesn't do it justice, but this is a HUGE freestanding atrium among the trees. It appears to have baby eagles...

Awww... 🙂

So that’s our lovely Central Park in Germany!  Can you see why we love it?!  By the time we got ‘home,’ it was time for dinner (another night of everything coming fresh from the market that afternoon!), and since the weather was still cooperating, we enjoyed it from our balcony.  Talk soon!

Mmmm...Grilled chicken, fresh broccoli, sweet potatoes and salad...fresh from the market, of course!

Not too shabby for a dinnertime view 🙂

3 Responses to “What I like to call…”

  1. Amanda Odom August 18, 2010 at 2:34 AM #

    im living vicariously thru u…i sooo need a vacation!

  2. Erin T. August 17, 2010 at 7:51 PM #

    Oh you better believe it! Who cares that the kids and their parents were staring! Ha!

  3. christina August 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM #

    i really need to go down that slide. i hope you did!

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