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Amsterdam Botanic Gardens....Highlights

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Yes, so here we are in Amsterdam again. The Canal cruises are great fun, you definitely get the best views of the city from the water.

Here is one of the smallest houses in the city…I’m so glad I don’t live here, stairs all the time. Mind you, what with the stairs and the cycling, they all look pretty fit over there!

On our last full day in Amsterdam we started off with a short visit to the Botanic Gardens. Sadly the waiter at the cafe was determined not to serve us, so that put OH in a grumpy mood, and rather set the tone for the morning! He’s never that great without his Caffeine shot!! ;)) Unfortunately the big Palm House was closed for renovation, so there was a limited display. Three glasshouses, not too exciting I’m afraid, and the woodland garden, which was lovely and contained some wonderful trees….

Including the Redwood which you just have to touch…

This lovely knobbly one…….

And the Water Fir….

Sometimes the simple flowers are the most beautiful aren’t they? Does anyone know what this white shrub/small tree is called? I did get it’s name, but as I’d heard of it before I thought I’d remember it, but of course, now I’ve forgotten it again!

And then when I stood admiring this lovely Aesculus, OH heard a squawking sound and looked up and saw a pair of these higher up in the tree! The next morning we saw a flock of these in the park, being chased by a great big Heron and all hell was breaking out up there from the sound of it! Wonderful to see it though!

At the shop on the way out was this wonderful display of tulips…..inspiration for next years pots!

…oh and NO I didn’t buy anything!!!

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lovely photos ~ thanks karen, i would love to go there ~ did you go on an organised trip?

3 May, 2011

 

The parting shot with the container of tulips is so pretty... and the forest/tree walk looked so inviting. You did see some pretty sights in Amsterdam...and I notice you say the people look pretty fit there (right in the frame is a muscly fella looking the part....lol)....well captured :)

3 May, 2011

 

the people around the italian lake of garda are incredibly fit and slim looking ~ i hardly dare go out!!

3 May, 2011

 

Sticki, you are so right! The Italians around Lake Garda are hilarious, even the ferry boat attendents are all gelled up with their dark shades on and strutting around!

We didn't go on a tour, we just booked a flight and hotel on the internet. Then we got a Frommers guide and decided what to do while we were there. I'm not keen on being in crowds of people, so organised tours are never going to be for me.

J, we saw three quite elderly grey haired ladies, fit as fiddles, in the park, all meeting up for a coffee on their bikes.....gets you thinking!

3 May, 2011

 

On yer bike!! I just look at a bike and run a mile, unless it's a flat road!
Lovely pics Karen. It looks like the tiny house is empty?

3 May, 2011

 

thanks for that karen ~ just somewhere on my list to go and didnt know the best way. i like it when someone arranges it for me but i dont always want to be with everyone else!
the ferry boat lads are usually very smart arent they!!

3 May, 2011

 

Fantastic bark on those trees.

3 May, 2011

 

lovely pics karen and love the trees and woodlands, i love boat trips, always relaxing and taking in the scenery :o))

3 May, 2011

 

These tulips are like big roses. Thanks for allowing us to have a trip to Amsterdam from the front seat. This has been a great series of blogs.

3 May, 2011

 

Lovely photos again Karen, must try and get there next year.

3 May, 2011

 

Superb photo's! Can't wait to go to Amsterdam and amuse the locals with my Afrikaans (similar to Dutch) :-)

3 May, 2011

 

excellent pictures - really enjoy yourself - and treat yourself soon :):):)

3 May, 2011

 

might just do that Paul!

Thankyou Hywel, San, SG, Cinders and Sunrose!

3 May, 2011

 

Superb pics Karen, love the shot from the bottom of the tree looking up to the top, really gives you a sense of the height.

3 May, 2011

 

Thanks Judy :)

3 May, 2011

 

Glad you had a good time.
Never been to Amsterdam but have been to Rotterdam
Shame to the palm house was shut

3 May, 2011

 

Yes, it was a lovely building. They were reparing the roof which looked to be in quite a bad way. We never did get our cuppa though!

3 May, 2011

 

Love the woodland garden, the trees are fab! The woodland garden, or the gorgeous giant Redwood, could be your next painting Karen, what d'think?

3 May, 2011

 

Thanks for sharing Karen, some lovely pics there...only been to Schipol airport, though would love a good look around Amsterdam. Off to have a look at your previous blog now....:o))

3 May, 2011

 

Hi Karen - Hope you had a good time. The pink flower looks a lot like either a peony or a single rose.

3 May, 2011

 

Thanks everyone....Helenium..it crossed my mind!

4 May, 2011

 

Okay doke, I'll watch this space!

4 May, 2011

 

I didn't see any of this when i visited Amsterdam Karen, Still, it was november :) I did see the smallest house and the Canal, the red light district and The "Cafes" .. No I didnt go in :))) If i did visit again, ill make sure its springtime so i can do the sightseeing stuff, but i dont think i would go again!!!! Lovely pics by the way..

6 May, 2011

 

Thanks DD!

6 May, 2011

 

Fabulous shots & loved the basket of tulips, yup next year spring will try that as well. We did the barge & bike trip from Amsterdam to Brussels. Great gardens in NL.

This is for Sunrose:" hoe gaan dit daar in Engeland" Sunrose, heh, heh!!!

10 May, 2011

 

Is that....'How's it going in England' Adoons? Just a guess, I had to have a stab at it! Probably miles off!

10 May, 2011

 

U clever girl, languages are amazing things.

10 May, 2011

 

Aha! Well chuffed with myself! :)) Thinking about learning Spanish this year....feel it's time to have another language!

10 May, 2011

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