Saturday, 26 March 2011
There's a micro-climatic zone just south of Mainz that's invariably a week or so ahead in the Vegetation Stakes and the locals milk it for all it's worth.
They start bombarding you with emails in February with a bracket of dates when they THINK the blossom might be full on, narrowing it down or extending it as the weather changes and then commit themselves to a date.
Which draws huge crowds who drift around "Oooohing" and "Aaaaahing" and consuming local wine and whatever the locals have set up on trestle tables in the vineyards and courtyards.
Last Saturday was THE DAY and I SWEAR I detected a smudge of pink almond blossom as we overflew the region on approach to Frankfurt, so we headed on down yesterday.
Quite a treat.
(If this was Minnesota, they'd probably have it sometime in August....)