Friday, February 17, 2017
Hortus Botanicus, Part I
The Amsterdam Botanical Garden, Hortus Botanicus, is one of the oldest in the world, established originally as a garden of medicinal plants for doctors and apothecaries in 1638. It was started in the terrible years of the plague, when doctors were searching desperately for anything that could provide a cure. I write this blog as a record of our travels in part, and I find I have enough pictures I want to include that this is going to take two days to cover. We really enjoyed our visit.
Meanwhile, we`re facing one of those nasty warm spells over the coming week. I can`t imagine why people think a warm week at this time of year here in the snowbelt is a good thing! It just means that the temperature starts melting the snow during the day, but every night it turns back to ice. Our driveway becomes a skating rink, and the roads become unsafe for walking. I finally bought myself a new pair of yaktrax so I can keep walking regardless. But I`d far rather have snow.