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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Erik Krause

Baden-Baden from Battert at dusk

Erik Krause

Bamboo Forest

Générargues near Anduze, Gard, Southern France

June 6, 2012 - 15:55 local time

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No, this is not Indonesia. The Bambouseraie de Prafrance near Anduze in a valley of the Cevennes contains Europe's oldest and largest bamboo collection - among other exotic plants. Much information is provided in different languages about bamboo, it's use, the history of the garden and the other plants.

A replica of a Laotian village (partly visible in the panorama) shows how bamboo is used there. There is also a large Japanese garden designed by feng shui principles, some greenhouses with exotic plants and many other things to enjoy. And of course there is a shop where you can buy all kinds of bamboo related things including plants.

The Bambouseraie is a very nice destination for a family day-trip, especially since you can combine it with a ride on a historical steam train starting in Anduze.

Some web references:

Europe / France

Lat: 44° 4' 18.28" N
Long: 3° 58' 45.03" E

Elevation: 143m

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Canon EOS 5D II, Zenitar 16mm fisheye, PTGui Pro, Photoshop

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