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Editor: Marsha Baum
On a dreary, rather chilly day on the East Coast my therapy is to think about the colorful gardents of the Amalfi coast.
The Amalfi coast, protected by the shoreline between the mountains and the sea, is formed by jagged cliffs overlooking the sea with wild growing Mediterranean shrubs. Everywhere seems to be the perfect scenery of sea and vegetation. Even the homes and villas are worked into the natural surroundings of the land and are placed between rocks or cut out into the cliffs. The villagers’ gardens co-exist with the natural vegetation of the land. An Amalfi garden is a connection of the house to the outside vegetation. The people are part of the land that surrounds them providing a sense of tranquility to travelers from all over.
The vegetation of the Amalfi Coast is typically Mediterranean and includes trees such as the orange, lemon, palm, olive, and citron along with poppies blooming consistently. The cliff road with its narrow lanes and hairpin turns offers a captivating view of the landscape and sea or you may choose to walk along the coast for an aspiring adventure. The smell of citric and the sight of rare wild flowers, herbs, and the sight of amphibians invite you to keep walking. The jagged cliffs have been terraced to cultivate lemon and olive groves contributing to this wonderful view.
The lemons are among the best in the world and they have been admired from poets and artists of the ages, who often mentioned them in poems and songs. The lemons have been popular since the Roman times when they were introduced during the Crusades to provide vitamin C on long sea voyages in order to prevent scurvy.
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