Today we drove out to the Japanese Gardens in Kaiserslautern with Matt and Maria. The Gardens looked quite impressive on their website, especially with the waterfall, Zen Gardens, lovely trees and pretty Tea House. It was, though, smaller than I had expected. It was certainly quite peaceful in some of the quaint corners, or when shrouded by trees and bushes, but we were plagued by almost constant views of the surrounding city. The Gardens were built on a hill and so most of the scenery that included a downhill view was framed with the buildings of Kaiserslautern. Even up the hill were many homes built right up to the fencing. It was a neat experience, but I would have enjoyed it more had more of the trees been alive (I mistakenly assumed it was already spring) or even if the tiny snack kiosk had actually been open and we could have enjoyed a cup of coffee while sitting around the koi pond or near the soothing waterfall. Either way, it began to rain, so we drove over to Chili’s for an early dinner.
My husband and I just moved back to Florida, but we lived in Maryland from June 2008 until October 2009, and we lived in Heidelberg, Germany from June 2005 until June 2008. I created this TravelBlog to share our experiences and pictures with our family and friends. We love to travel, so I hope that shows! :) I also love photographing new and beautiful places, so I hope you enjoy both the blogs and the photos!
This photo of us was taken in Nuremberg, Germany in early 2004.
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Japanese Gardens KaiserslauternThis photo demonstrates that the gardens were actually quite peaceful, but it was just too hard to ignore the city perpetually in the background - the problem with building the gardens on a hill overlooking the city and not building the walls quite high enough.
Japanese Gardens KaiserslauternLooking down at the main entrance, including the little wooden ticket booth, and, of course, the city of Kaiserslautern just beyond (and almost on top of) the bamboo walls.