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FEBRUARY 19, 2009 1:35PM

28 Days of Flowers, Gardens and Parks, Day 18

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Today I'll be hopping around to a few locations in The Netherlands. As with yesterday's post, these are photos from 1967 taken by my grandfather. While there are no 'knock your socks' off displays of tulips in this post like the last two days, today's presentation does show some of the architecture, beautiful canals and parks, and a harbor scene. The locations shown today include Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft.

Tomorrow I'll be moving on to another country, so please stop by. 






A 1 

 Above: a familiar view of Amsterdam.


A 3 

Above: a flower seller along a street in Amsterdam. 





R 1 

Above: a pedestrian mall in Rotterdam. 


R 2 

 Above: a view of Rotterdam harbor.


R 3 


R 4 


R 5 

Above: with the Euromast in the distance, a photo of my grandfather in one of Rotterdam's parks. 


R 6



R 7 





D 1 

Above: my grandfather poses next to a statue commemorating Carl Linnaeus, the Father of Taxonomy, in a park in Delft.


D 2 

 Above and below: the historic Delft Town Hall.


D 3 


D 4 

Above: a canal scene in Delft.




B 2 

Above: a flower growing and shipping operation outside of Delft.



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John, again some great photographs. What is so wonderful about European countries and the their cities, so many still have the architecture that dates back several hundred years... all with little wear.

thanks for this interesting journey in time
This is absolutely beautiful, John! I look forward to going back to see the older installations. I miss tulip as well as daffodil season. Cannot have them here in Florida except to buy in pots. Watching them poke bravely out of the frozen Illinois soil was always one of my favorite parts of life in the Midwest. Thanks for sharing!
Hey, no tulips, but I'm loving the rhodies! Beautiful pics, as usual, D. I will echo George....I love the architecture too.
I'm reminded that Rotterdam was one of the most destroyed cities of World War II. It is also interesting that when inner city streets are converted to pedestrian malls in Europe they thrive, but almost never in the United States. In fact, when downtown streets in America have been converted to pedestrian traffic, it usually means a sad and difficult death to the businesses located there. The only reason I can see why they don't work here is because our cities are too spread out, and our population too reliant on the automobile.

I like how you show the commercial side of the Dutch flower industry in this post.
Amsterdam is one of my favorite memories of Europe. These images are quite special for me. Thanks for the vicarious travel.
George, as you point out Europe is rich with old Architecture that has endured the test of time. I am constantly impressed by the engineering and craftsmanship of all things ancient. Look at the Roman or Egyptian structures still standing after thousands of years. Really amazing to contemplate.

Lisa, I know what you mean by the emergence of flowers like tulips and daffodils surviving as bulbs only to emerge in Spring.

Onecorgilover, a day's respite from tulips but there will be some more along the way. I also love Rhododendrons and, unfortunately, the deer have taken a huge liking to them right after I have planted a few.

Steve, great point about Rotterdam and WWII. I have seen two pedestrian malls that were tried both in Poughkeepsie, NY and Providence, RI. They ended up not working and the streets went back to auto traffic. I happened to like the pedestrian mall in Providence, but in the long run people stopped using it.

Stacey, I wish I had more photos of Amsterdam. Had I been there I would have shot at least a few rolls of film of the city.

Thank you, everyone, for your nice comments!!
In a way... these are too beautiful to look at. I love these.
Thank you.
Such a charming gentleman, your grandfather! And he has infected M. Chariot with the travel bug!
Wonderful Rhodies, I've always liked the dark eye. The city hall has been in many movies, it seems; I never knew what or where it was, though.

LaLucas, you can actually grow tulips and daffies and other cold-weather bulbs in the south. You just have to dig them up and overwinter them in a fridge, then replant in early spring. The ninja-gardeners in Houston do that. :)