Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Plantage Middenlaan:

The Plantage Middenlaan is just one of those streets that, no matter what time of year, no matter what the weather–it will always appear as stunning. Ever-so-discleverly connected to Mr. Visserplein through a certain little wiggle, the lovely and lusciously foliaged promenade radiates outwards toward the Indische Buurt and Oosterpark, but not before paralleling Amsterdam's zoo, past flamingos and reptiles, before continuing onwards and 'leaving' the zoo, fully bidding it farewell at its monument-us aquarium, before the final portion of the promenade deviates from its Versaille-esque axis, and terminates in front of the perfectly-proportioned former city-gate, Muiderpoort. Technically lying in the city's famed canal-ring, the Plantage Middelaan is the phyiscal embodiment of the lack of demand for land centuries long ago–that land was 'set-aside', and in doing so, Natura Artis Magistra–or Artiscame to be. This easily-romanticized avenue-esque stretch of path is lined and layered with...