Posted by: travelrat | April 3, 2014

The Tree Museum

Arboreto 1

Rascafria: 27th November 2013

‘They took all the trees and put ‘em in a tree museum/ and charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em’ sang Joni Mitchell in ‘Big Yellow Taxi’.

The correct word for ‘tree museum’ is Arboretum … or, in Spanish, Arboreto … and there’s one just across the road from our hotel. However, it didn’t cost a dollar and a half to get into the Arboreto Giner de los Rios; it was free! Although, for some reason, it’s not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. But, on Wednesday morning, I was there with my Spanish companion of the hour almost as soon as the gates opened.

It may be thought there would be little to see in November, but there was still a little bit of Autumn colour still hanging on. And, there were one or two bushes absolutely covered in snowberries. This really ought to be a sight to see at other times of the year.

And, it forms yet another nice backdrop for pictures of the monastery, and the mountains beyond. I made a note to make another visit earlier in the year … but there are one or two other locations I want to check out first.

Arboreto 2

Here, I leave it for a couple of days, for I’m off up to Cumbria for a long weekend … and hoping I can find something interesting to video, photograph and/or write about. See you next week! 

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