Archive for the ‘GARDENS & PARKS’ Category

Sunny Day at Belgrade Fortress, Serbia

Sunny Day at Belgrade Fortress, Serbia
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul IF YOU ONLY HAVE one day to visit the capital of Serbia, Belgrade (also called the White City)—and if it’s a sunny one—make sure to go for a walk downtown, but also explore the fortress. Hotel Moskva We visited Belgrade on our drive back home from...
May 4th, 2018 | EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Alba Carolina Fortress Through the Seasons

Alba Carolina Fortress Through the Seasons
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul The 18th-century Alba Carolina Fortress (also known as Alba Iulia Fortress) has over time slowly but surely become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania. Arrowed signs guiding you through the fortress With a fascinating “change of the...
March 23rd, 2018 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, Historic/Museums | Read More

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul THE ANASTASIE FĂTU BOTANICAL GARDEN in Iași, Romania, founded in 1856, has a rich history. And it is one of the establishing members of the Botanic Gardens of Romania Association. These are some of the reasons I wanted to visit it during a recent trip to Iași....
November 17th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens

A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens
Text & photos © Estrella Azul I LIVE AND WORK IN Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The second time I traveled to Kingston Upon Thames for work, I got the chance for a longer stay. One of my colleagues said Hampton Court Palace is a must-see and offered to drop me off there after work one afternoon. A different...
September 15th, 2017 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, THE UK | Read More

While in Vancouver, Don’t Blow by the Bloedel

While in Vancouver, Don’t Blow by the Bloedel
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Never before had I been so stressed on a trip. There we were, stranded in Vancouver in a nightmare Airbnb situation with four kids. Count ’em: four. It was the one time we had decided that two of our daughters could bring two of their friends along on what...
May 19th, 2017 | STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS, BRITISH COLUMBIA | Read More

Spring at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California

Spring at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols With leaf earrings dangling from my ears, I got in my car and drove three miles to one of the best kept secrets of San Diego. Even though I live so close to San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California, I rarely visit. I decided to go this year because we’ve...
April 21st, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Jenkins Arboretum and Longwood Gardens in Eastern Pennsylvania

Jenkins Arboretum and Longwood Gardens in Eastern Pennsylvania
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols WHAT I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT OF as a one-time, frivolous trip to the East Coast has become a necessary part of my year. The trees in all their colorful glory call my name. By the time October rolls around, the whispers become shouts, and I find myself packing my suitcase...
December 2nd, 2016 | STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More