Tuesday, 16 November 2010

East's eden

Take a guess where this is! You may very well guess Vondelpark, or Amsterdamse Bos, or somewhere lush in rural Holland. But you'd be wrong! This little oasis is smack bang in the middle of Amsterdam, it's actually the land surrounding Hortus, the botanical gardens. I kid you not.
There is Hortus peaking out across it's moat.Inside, Hortus is as lovely as always with it's box hedging and manicured little beds. As an added surprise the Hortus currently has an exhibition on micro photography. It's incredible. I highly recommend taking the kiddies there, I'm sure they'll love these as much as I did. Really stunning crystal clear photographs and great to see an exhibition outdoors in the fresh air.
Here's a sneak peak...
The butterfly enclosure is also very special.
There are several green houses you can visit, one replicating a rain forest. The there's the opposite extreme with all sorts of cacti.
Testing out the macro lens... and that's it. A fab adventure, go while the the insect exhibition is still on. See my previous post on Hortus here. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam: Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam
Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Saturday 10am - 5 pm. Sunday and holidays 10 am – 5pm.
The Hortus is closed at 4:00 p.m. during the months December and January. The Hortus is open daily until 7:00 p.m. during the months of July and August. cost: adult €7, senior/student €3.50, child (5-14 years old) €3.50.

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