In focus for today’s #TravelerTuesday is the Rotterdam, Netherlands botanical garden Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum
If I had to pick a reading spot, I’d pick a spot beneath a tree or a bench placed in a park, any day over an enclosed library; which is why I wanted to visit this botanical garden. It was peak winters when I went there, so I could not enjoy a cup of tea at the charming tea house (which closes after the Christmas market until the end of February). But that didn’t make my visit to this beautifully landscaped botanical garden with a large collection of trees and shrubs, any less enjoyable. Located in the Kralingen district, the garden is a true treasure trove for plant connoisseurs and a treat for nature lovers like me, who are looking for a quiet place to walk around, or sit and relax (or to read, like me) in the busy city. The highlights of this place for me were the greenhouses, which are admirably well-maintained, and the little bridges which run from one end of the garden to the other. These bridges have been made in the miniature forms of the city’s landmark Erasmus Bridge. It took me about two hours to explore the entire park, and this was one of my favourite spots, because it was so picturesque and had all the elements (birds, trees, streams and greenery all around) which make the place a must visit. I did spend the last 45 minutes, sitting on a bench overlooking one of the streams, where the birds were strutting around me while I read in peace. I’d recommend this place to all who love nature and greenery.