Main tower and Palmengarten

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Monday, October 25, 2010

Up the Main tower, 54 floors in 45 seconds... your ears know it!  Good views, windy, and I'm almost paralyzed up there!  I mostly stayed close to the center, didn't have to crawl!  Cameron went to the edge with no problem, took pictures.

Then we went to the Old Town, saw the Roman Ruins, some churches, took the U-bahn over to Palmengarten.  It always strikes us as strange to see Roman ruins and hear about Roman control in Germany.  But the Holy Roman Empire was actually based in the area that is now Germany.  Electors were chosen by Rome to rule over the Germanic areas.  They had much power, but needed the cooperation of lower level territorial princes. Rudolph von Habsburg came to power as a territorial prince in 1273.  The Habsburgs were of Swiss origin.  Rudolph was the 1st of 19 Habsburgs to rule. In 1278 Rudolph gained control of much of what is Austria and that became the cornerstone of their power.  They continued dominance both by military conquest and by carefully chosen marriages .  Interestingly, Voltaire said that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.  (Habsburg is Anglicized to Hapsburg.)

The Palmengarten is 50 acres of plantings, with huge greenhouses called Tropicariums.  Each one has a different climate.  They regulate temperature, humidity, barometric pressure in each.  The regions range from subantarctic to low rainforest, high rainforest, desert.  They have mid-western prairies, rose gardens, rhododendrum paths, dahlias 7 ft tall.  One tropicarium is entirely dedicated to palms.  Stayed a couple hours and walked home. 

Then to Der Wirtshaus for a last delicious German meal... and it was good!  Also finally, after much searching, found a Black Forest cake for Cameron.  Frankfurters eat differently than elsewhere in Germany.  Lighter food, not as many wursts, desserts are different.  I guess they prefer apple wine to beer also.
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