Feel something going pitter patter? That’s your heart, silly!
“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,” Plato once said. Don’t agree? Luckily, we have real poets (and musicians and artists and philosophers) to put this elusive and complex feeling into words.
We continue to celebrate love and the beautiful season of spring with the 2nd post on the fabulous series dedicated to Valentines Day.
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Spring officially brings an end to the winter and the whole planet comes alive again. Sun shines more boldly, trees sprout faintest twinges of green and the earth looks pretty and happy. Pleasant vibes fill the air and people in general start emerging from the winter gloom. It is the season of flowers and the earliest blossoms push through the earth in brave beautiful clumps. Generally it is one of the most beautiful times of the year and irrespective of the location, every place on earth looks soul soothing in spring.
This winter had been very hard for me and I had hated every second of its dark, brooding moodiness. Rain, dimness and cold had nearly withered the life out of me and more than once I had considered running away from it all. Spring, thus had been a huge welcome change and with the season I had blossomed into life once again. The sight of green leaves in the trees in the streets had eased away my blues and the neighbourhood church steeple glittering against a sunny sky had lifted my spirit. Birds had started visiting my windowsill again and my potted tropical plants had come out with musky flowers. It had been just too beautiful to stay at home and so on one fine morning, I had found myself heading for Bonn. Located around 40 minutes away by train from Cologne, Bonn is my favourite city in Germany and I love its preserved neo classical buildings and the vibrant cosmopolitan crowd. It’s pace too is very relaxing and the lovely town on the Rhine makes a perfect day trip from Cologne, the city where I am presently staying. An erstwhile capital of west Germany, Bonn’s prettiness lies in its rows of pastel coloured mansions, the preserved Old Town and the famous Heerstrase in spring.
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Located in the stylish Nordstadt neighbourhood just a few minutes away from the famous Beethoven’s House, Heerstrasse is also known as the Cherry Blossom Avenue and every spring the picturesque lane becomes a tunnel of pink. Rows of blooming ornamental Japanese cherry trees which had been planted in the 1980’s create this striking sight and every spring it becomes a major tourist attraction. Bonn is a very picturesque city on its own right and the romantic historic old center is very popular among tourists, even without the pink flowering cherry trees. The old city, complete with cast-iron lanterns, cobblestones, and classical old buildings decorated with stucco comes alive on weekends with lively flea markets and crowds of strolling tourists throng the narrow lanes. With the cherry trees blossoming, the entire atmosphere gets even more prettier and the scattered pink petals carpet the romantic cobblestone avenue.
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It had been a bit cold, the day I had visited the Cherry Blossom Avenue and chilly winds had made the petals fall like an incessant pink rain. Occasional drizzles had splattered too and Bonn had been experiencing a moody spring day. The fluffy cherry blossoms however had been in robust bloom and crowd had thronged the avenue, despite the cold. Complete with a quirky flea market, buskers, live bands and humming ice cream shops, Heerstrasse had been a really fun place to be. Each year cherry trees in Bonn start blooming around mid April for about two to three weeks and the first blossoms to come out are the white ones in the Maxstrasse in mid-March. With the advent of warmer temperatures, the pink ones too start frothing in masses and people start signing up for historic guided tours to the French-inspired Old Town district in hordes. The celebration of Bonn’s cherry blossoms culminates in an annual festival called Altstadt cherry blossom Festival and refreshments and knickknacks stands line the cobble stone streets. In the Old Town, crowds jostle busily under the magical pink “ceiling” and the cherry blossom cocktail, which is made with real petals is one of the highlights of the event.
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Bonn’s pink season is truly magical. What begins with small buds grow into light pink blossoms in the areas of the Altstadt soon take on their typical, intensive pink hue and it is no wonder that the Cherry Blossom Avenue has been listed in travel guide books across the world as one of the Places to See Before You Die. Although, not a great believer in ticking off bucketlists, I had lusted after the Cherry Blossom Avenue for years and needless to say this spring had all been about Je ‘taime Bonn. Presenting Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival photo series.
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