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Berlin Botanical Garden
Botanical Gardens of Berlin
#About Berlin’s Green Gardens

The Botanical Gardens of Berlin is large in size, green and full of colors. It reaches up to 430 hectares, and contains about 22,000 different plants. It is considered one of the largest and most well-known gardens in the world. The big grassy lawns, the colorful flower beds, the waterfalls and the plants that surround them - all this makes anyone understand exactly why these gardens are considered one of the world's leading ones.

Here you will find a variety of about 22,000 different plants - from small grasses to giant bamboos. The garden is divided according to areas and walking along its paths one can be move between the Far East, to Europe, and to the Middle East.

In the open areas of the garden tourists will see a huge rose garden filled with a variety of species: from large lily burgundy roses to small roses in a variety of colors. Trees are also abundant here, including conifers.



#What There to See at the Botanical Gardens

In the botanical gardens you will see several greenhouses with tropical vegetation, where there are orchids and fern rock, climbing plants, banana trees, trees with heavy fruits, and a variety of interesting and tropical plants. In one of the greenhouses, one of the largest in the world, you will see a large glass house.

Near the tropical forest greenhouse, you can see and visit the driest pavilion (unlike the humid greenhouse) - the cactus house. Here you can observe different species of cacti growing in different deserts around the world like America and Australia. The shapes, colors and lengths are interesting and worth seeing.

Next to the botanical garden, is a huge garden has been planted for touching and sniffing, made for people with visual impairments. Something else located in the gardens is a botanical museum, specializing in the morphological structures of plants and seeds.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FVkoEbR-TOA
Lazienki Park
Łazienki Park
#About Warsaw's Largest Park

Łazienki Park is the largest park in Warsaw. This is the favorite meeting place for Warsaw residents, who come here to relax and enjoy nature. From a family picnic or a morning run to a trip that allows you to clean your head, here the Warsaw people enjoy a perfect moment and urban tranquility.

There was a magnificent palace in the park, the same one used by the kings of Poland. The park was the palace garden in the past. The original garden was designed in the 17th century in a rich Baroque style. Today the park looks like a green forest, with expanse and charming views just a short walk away from the city center.

The park received the name "Lazienki" - "baths" in Polish, because of the palace on the water, a palace which is one of the most important and beautiful points.

The park has quite a few interesting spots and attractions. Notice, for example, the large statue of Chopin, with a bench next to it. In the park you will also see an open theater that even shows performances during the summer. There is also a Greek temple and an Egyptian temple, botanical gardens with greenhouses and a variety of exotic plant species and the statue of Jan Sobieski, the romantic king.

In the park is also the Chopin Monument, whose appearance changes, depending on the direction from which it is viewed.

The atmosphere in the park is pleasant, with a variety of colorful flowers and green trees, along paths and lawns filled with toddlers running all over the place. Do not be surprised if you suddenly encounter a group dancing a traditional Polish dance, an open concert of a symphony orchestra or a show of knights on horseback.

By the way, there are about 400 sweet squirrels, along with peacocks and birds.


#Tips

Every Sunday at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm, at the Chopin Monument in the park, a free concert is played by the famous artist, but great local artists. The gun experience is best when the weather is nice!


A Closer Look at the Park:

https://youtu.be/mvD7MPubtB0


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/kSMEK2qM1Io
Valdtejnsk Zahrada
Wallenstein Garden
#About Prague's Magical Garden

Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská Zahrada) is part of Wallenstein Palace, the Czech Senate Palace of our time and once a grand palace of noblemen. This garden is a beautiful Baroque souvenir and the pleasant and beautiful gardens of Prague.

When you enter the garden, turn left to the "Sale Terrene," pay attention to the line of statues depicting figures and events from Greek mythology. The nobleman who built the castle, General Albrecht Wallenstein, used to collect them at the sites he conquered in his wars and bring them to Prague. When he created the palace and gardens, the ancient Greek statues received their proper place and became a symbol of this garden.

After the monumental boulevard you will reach the Sale Terrene, the Baroque architecture area of ​​the garden. If you look up, look at the long fresco ceiling of Mount Olympus, in the "mountain of the gods" of Greek mythology. Pay attention to the painstaking work of the painters here and try to figure out how rich Wallenstein should have been so that artists of this level would paint him the garden.

To the left we turn and look at the "mysterious wall" or "wall of stalactites." The artificial drips here were made with master craftsmanship. A look at them will reveal demons, monsters, snakes, and so on. The legend tells us that in this wall Wallenstein built an entry button into a secret tunnel maze that leads to hiding places, hidden and especially dim. That's how it is when you are a powerful man in ancient Europe. You have to think of sufficient protection for a rainy day.

If we return to the center and continue to the other side of the garden, we will reach the fountain and the beautiful fish pond beneath it. Some of the magic here is winged, especially peacocks and swans, who walk freely among the visitors in the garden. The management of the Czech Parliament is careful to nurture and feed them, as if they were civil servants employed here by the visitors.



#The Palace's History

Wallenstein Palace, now used by the Czech Senate, was built in 1623 by Albrecht Wallenstein. Wallenstein , one of the richest and most powerful nobles in Prague politics in the 17th century, built the magnificent castle at the height of his career. He was then chief general of the Holy Roman Empire after a series of successful wars that made him a powerful and influential man in Prague and the empire, one of the strongest aristocrats of his time.

During the Thirty Years War, Wallenstein decided to build a castle that would be even more impressive than Prague Castle. He dreamed of a magnificent building that would give a clear expression to his lofty status and next to it were magnificent and special gardens. Architects, builders, artists and gardeners from all over Europe were recruited for the establishment of the palace and its gardens. In the 14-year work they built one of the most impressive palaces in the Czech Republic. No less than the palace stood out its impressive gardens, where you stand now.



#Tips

Wallenstein Garden is open October - April 10:00 am- 16:00 pm.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/kD5hm0xxSMM
Amsterdam
Giethoorn
#The Venice of the Netherlands: Where There are No Roads

Giethoorn is a small, peaceful Dutch town located in the northwestern part of Overijssel province. Giethoorn is also known as the "Venice of the Netherlands." The reason for this name is that this haven is built almost entirely on water canals, made crossable by pleasant bridges.

In Giethoorn, you can take in the village atmosphere, stroll beside lily-strewn ponds, and then rest and refresh yourself in a café. We highly recommend that you set aside a day for the town of Giethoorn, and spend it looking at the charming houses on the banks of the canals and absorbing some of the tranquility that surrounds this beautiful place.

If you get the chance, rent a boat and be your own skipper. Cruising is easy and the speed is slow, especially since the water is only one meter deep. You'll have a wonderful and peaceful time on the water.

Giethoorn is a great location for a couple, or a family with children. A fun time is guaranteed for everyone.



#Tips

If you can, it's best to arrive at Giethoorn in the early afternoon. In the morning the place is crowded and sailing in the canals is difficult and less pleasant.

Don't enter Giethoorn at the first entrance. Continue another 2-3 kilometers or (according to your GPS) enter the parking lot behind the supermarket. Walk a few steps out of the parking lot and you're ready to get started in Giethoorn.

Rent a boat for an hour only. Some boat owners offer two hours or more. Speaking from experience, it's tedious, unnecessarily long, and quite expensive. An hour of sailing is the perfect amount of time for you and your family.



Here is Giethoorn, the "Venice of the Netherlands":

https://youtu.be/FIYQLKBu9rQ

Gardens

Jardin des Tuileries
Tuileries Gardens
#Some History

The Tuileries Gardens (Jardin des Tuileries), or the beautiful Tuileries, are a large public park, located between the Place de la Concorde to its west and the Louvre on its east. The gardens were planted by Caterina de Medici (the wife of Henri II of France) starting in 1564. Their main purpose was to decorate the Tuileries Palace, whose construction began simultaneously that year. The whole area is named after them - the Tuileries area. In the garden you will also find a big fountain, a zoo and a cave. The Musée de l'Orangerie was added in the early 17th century.

In 1664 Jean-Baptiste Colbert ordered the redesign of the gardens by André Le Nôtre, a French landscape architect and gardener of Louis XIV. Le Nôtre gave the garden its wonderfully symmetrical shape, with its clear lines, which can be seen to this day.

Le Nôtre built a central avenue on the Palace's axis, on the east a pool of rounded water, on the west an octagonal pool. He built two terraces-one by the water's edge, along the quay, and the other along Rivoli Street; In addition, he built two terraces along the current border of the Place de la Concorde.

In 1871, the Tuileries Palace was set on fire by the Paris collective. After the arson, some of the building remained in its place, and it was only more than 10 years later that it was decided to completely destroy the remains, and the palace was never restored.

The garden has sculptures of various statues spread around the park, including Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Maillol and others. From the 19th century, the gardens became the Parisians' leisure and recreation spot, and were mentioned in many works of art.



#About the Gardens

The Tuileries were once the gardens of the royal palace of the Tuileries. In the past, the kings and queens of France used to calmly stroll through these gardens. They became a public park in 1667, after the French Revolution. From the 19th century, the gardens became the Parisians' leisure and recreation place, and were mentioned in many works of art.

If you wondered about the origin of the name, it is named for the tile factory that was located on this spot (tiles in French at called 'tuiles').

The gardens have many cute corners where you can read and relax, as well as attractions and amusement facilities for children. Sculptures of various statues are scattered throughout the garden, including Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Maillol and others. In recent years, modern sculptures have also been placed in the gardens to give an atmosphere of renewal. In 1988, a statue of Alfred Dreyfus was also added. You can walk around the two big fountains, sit on one of the chairs scattered around them and watch the miniature boats floating on them. On both sides of the central avenue, you can sit down and breathe the air on the benches in the shade of the trees and watch the Parisians playing on the grass surfaces with ball games. Children can play in the playgrounds, go horseback riding, watch a puppet theater, or sail small sailboats in the water pools. The gardens have cafes and ice cream parlors with drinks.



#The Gardens Throughout History

The garden's story begins in 1564, when Caterina de Medici decided to build herself a palace, and a garden to accompany it and be in her favorite Italian style. But the person who is responsible for the great change that the garden has undergone is actually a family member of de Medici, Marie, the mother of Louis XIII. She decided to plant a line of elm trees that formed a promenade, between the southern border of the Tuileries and the Seine. The ultimate goal was to allow the aristocracy of the city (at first it even blocked entry to the commoners) to travel in the new carriages and showoff their wealth to everyone.

This was a great success, and thousands came to watch the noble's carriages. Within a short time, peddlers began walking around offering fruit and sweets between the carriages. Afterwards, the Parisians arrived in the neighborhood and began to provide the aristocratic dynasties matchmaking services, and pass lover notes between prospective grooms and brides.

The success of the garden led Louis XIV to transform the Tuileries gardens into a larger and impressive garden, appropriate for a royal garden. The architect André Le Nôtre redesigned the gardens and gave them their current appearance - the style of the traditional French gardens, landscaped gardens, cuttings of geometrical shapes and organized flower clusters. All arranged in symmetrical and precise areas.

Some interesting events took place in these gardens. In 1783 the Montgolfier brothers chose the gardens for their first hot-air balloon flight. A few years later, in 1792, during the reign of Louis XVI, a revolutionary mob burst into the Tuileries Palace and slaughtered the bodyguards. Two years later Maximilien Robespierre celebrated the "Feast of Reason" in a lavish ceremony held by the pool.



#The History of the Gardens

The subject of taking a stroll, especially when it comes to such pleasant and calm gardens, is almost self-evident for us. Although the main avenue of the Tuileries was wide and adapted for carriage travel, the nobles decided to do something they had not done before - to walk. In Paris in the 17th century it was a tremendous innovation, because there were no sidewalks in the city that made it possible to walk comfortably without getting your feet muddy, or risking being trampled by passing carriages. When the residents of Paris began walking, the Tuileries became the first public park in Europe. It is therefore inevitable that in 1678 the first public benches, made of wood, would be created on which young lovers and leisurely travelers could sit.

The gardens had different uses during that period. Couples who were lovers could come around in the afternoon and meet in one of the side alleys of the garden. A trip on the main boulevard is still a meeting point for all the Parisian residents, where they can chat and drink cool lemonade together.

During the 19th century, the garden underwent changes as a result of the paving of Rivoli Street by Napoleon I. Napoleon III, who was his nephew, added the building of the Orangerie which became a very successful museum in the 20th century. Shortly afterwards, a fire destroyed the Tuileries Palace started by a mob in Paris.

Since the end of World War II the Tuileries Gardens have become more beautiful and inviting than ever, especially because of the impressive statues and green chairs that invite visitors to sit and enjoy all of this beauty.



#Tuileries Fashion

From the moment the Parisians started walking around in public gardens on foot, they discovered that their clothes were a source of attention. In a moment, the Tuileries became a model for the aristocracy to display the most interesting clothes and fashion trends. The rumor spread, and thousands of foreigners would come to the gardens to catch up with the passing fashion to try to imitate it in their country. As a result, at that time the first fashion magazines were created.

Despite the prosperity of the fashion industry those days, there were some less pleasant cases. The women of Paris, who saw the attire of the royals throughout the garden, wanted their tailors to sew them exactly the same clothes. In so doing, they tried to blur the lines between them and the nobles. During this period, professionals began to teach the French how to behave politely in society (basic rules, like how during a French meal it is accustomed to spit only to the right side). This helped women succeeded quite quickly in their goal, and it soon became almost impossible to distinguish between the classes.

Surprisingly, there were equally the same stories about noblewomen who wanted to pose as simple peasants. For example, the story of 1698, in which a Marquise (a title for a European aristocrat) decided to dress up as someone who had just arrived in Paris, began to speak to a Baron she had met at the Tuileries Gardens. After a conversation of more than an hour, she stunned him by saying "goodbye" and went to her luxurious carriage that took her to her Parisian palace.



A 360-Degree View of the Gardens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NSlrxxL3xI
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
#The Green Gardens of Brooklyn

You were looking for a green space in urban Manhattan? Try going to Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The gardens were established in 1910, and were renovated in 2005. It spreads out across a mass piece of land of 210,000 square meters, and you will find gardens of different kinds.

The rose garden here holds 1,200 species of roses and 5,000 rose bushes. It was planned by Montague Free, who was the botanist of the Botanic Gardens.

The Cherry Tree gardens have more than 200 cherry trees, and 42 different species. The trees were planted after World War I, and just like in Japan, each year the "Sakura Matsuri" festival takes place during the cherry tree blossoms.

The Japanese Garden was opened in 1915, and was designed by landscape architect Takeo Shiota. Here you can see a small Shinto Temple, for the old Japanese religion, a coy pond, tea house, and small island.

The Shakespeare Garden is the fourth garden here. This is a British style garden that has 80 species and plants, all mentioned in texts from Shakespeare.

The Garden of Scents is the fifth garden and is dedicated entirely to the blind. In the garden you will find Braille signs showing information about the various plants and visitors are instructed to touch and feel the different leaves. Here you will find four types of plants: those that are meant to be touched, plants with fragrant leaves, plants with fragrant flowers and herbs. The garden is accessible and adapted to the handicapped and the plants are at their height. A fountain with clean water will allow you to wash your hands after touching the plants.

Enjoy!
Parco delle Basiliche
Basilicas Park
#The Well-Tended Park Between the Basilicas

The city-center Basilicas Park (Parco delle Basiliche) is a pleasant and well-kept park in the south-center of Milan. It is situated between the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of San Eustorgio.

This is where the water channel that brought water to the Old City arrived. Among the lush greenery of the large park are ecological fountains and there are 3 children's playgrounds, picnic tables and a dog park.

The residents of Milan are very fond of the park, thanks in part to its location, close to the city's entertainment and commercial areas.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Fvbi6iGOV5M
Idroscalo Park
Lake Idroscalo
#The "Sea of ​​Milan"

In the east of Milan, you will find The Idroscalo Park (Lago Idroscalo), an 8-square-kilometer park surrounded by an artificial reservoir of spring water.

The park was inaugurated in 1930, and to this day it is considered one of the city's most charming corners. Italian residents and tourists flock here in their spare time, especially in summer, when you can bath in the open pools and the fun children's pools.

The place is called the "Sea of ​​Milan," that is thanks to the beautiful lake at the center of the park. You can sail in pedal boats and kayaks on the lake. The park around the lake is green and fun and on the northeast side of the lake there is a bunch of cafes, bars, fish and grill restaurants and delicious pizzerias.

Besides the lake, there are many ​​sports and exercise options. From bicycle and walking paths, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, beach volleyball and also climbing walls and a skatepark.

There are also open areas for picnics, relaxing areas and amusement areas. For those interested, there is a park for children with disabilities and paid activities, such as trampolines and art and craft workshops.

Want to explore the park? - Rent bikes or rollerblades and go wander around the park.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/J0ypvI4swlk


Parco Sempione
Sempione Park
#The Big Green Park Behind the Sforza Castle

Tired of running all around the city? Do you want to stop the shopping spree, museums and amazing corners? - Take a break for a short rest and enjoy one of the charming parks offered by this city.

Sempione Park (Parco Sempione) is a magnificent and romantic park, the largest urban park in Milan. It is one of the most famous and popular parks in the city, a large, green park just behind the Sforza Castle.

Sampione serves as the city's green lung, a blooming area in the heart of the city's urban landscape. This is a great place where you can walk around year-round. The park covers a wide area northwest of Duomo. You will find many couples lying on the big lawns among the trees and the water fountains scattered around it.

The Sempione Park is designed as a neo-classical garden with many fascinating elements. Among them, you will see Arco Della Pace, the Roman-style sports amphitheater, the lake with the surrounding ducks and bridges and its beautiful tower.



#Tips

During the summer you can enjoy cheerful festivals held in the park and watch various shows in the park, often free of charge.

A quick picnic? - Buy wine with a pizza or tramezzino, the triangle sandwich sold here, come and stretch out on the grass and take your time to relax...
The park is next to the castle, around the Palazzo dell'Arte (Municipal Art Museum) and next to the aquarium, making it a resting point in the passage between them.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/gkpqxCQp9Aw



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/m47p7L4xEBc
Botanical Garden of Barcelona
#About the Botanical Garden on Montjuïc Hill

The Botanical Garden of Barcelona (Nou Jardi Botanic de Barcelona) on Montjuïc Hill is a garden where you can see plants and trees planted according to their country of origin. At the entrance you will receive a map that divides the park into areas in the world, and in each area different greenery is planted according to their origin.

The wide walking paths will make for a great touring trail, and the signs will help you find your way between the different paths - longer and shorter ones. The perfect place to relax and take a break from the urban city of Barcelona, and enjoy the quiet and great atmosphere.

Renovations at the Botanical Garden of Barcelona took place in 1999, the reasons for the renovations were damages that occurred to the park in 1988, when ways were being built for the Olympic facilities, towards the Olympics in Barcelona, that cut down on the park's size drastically, with the building of the Olympic Stadium.

The entrance to the botanical gardens are decently priced, and students have a discount as well.




A Closer Look at the Botanical Garden of Barcelona

https://youtu.be/R0Vctr_45MA
Golem
#About the Monster Garden in Jerusalem


The monster garden in Jerusalem, or the official name "Golem Garden", is an entertaining and beloved Jerusalem garden, there is a huge statue of a three-colored monster, whose three tongues are slides for children.

The park's official name was never accepted by the public in Jerusalem, which rejected it for the popular nickname "The Monster." With this nickname, the garden became a central landmark in Jerusalem and there is no resident of Jerusalem who does not know the Monster Garden.

The garden, which is located in Rabinowitz Park in Kiryat Yovel, was created in 1971 by Niki de Saint Phalle. This artist, you will not believe, began as a famous French model and later became a considered modern sculptor, painter and film producer. She, incidentally, also sculpted the sculpture garden at the Biblical Zoo in the city.



Here is the Monster Garden of Jerusalem:

https://youtu.be/x8b5coCQPD0
Richmond Park
#About the London Area Park

Richmond Park is the largest of London's royal parks. In addition, it gives the other parks a run for their money, mainly because it offers a real sense of nature, feeling more like a field trip than a well-planned park.

The total area of the park is 9.5 square kilometers, and is acknowledged as an official nature reserve. The diverse vegetation includes hundreds of types of trees, flowers, mushrooms and shrubs, and the animals in the park include deer, squirrels, foxes and gazelles. A duel between the red deer over the females is quite a magnificent sight that occurs in the fall. The birds are not to be missed, as they create pleasant sounds adding to the idyllic atmosphere.

The park was originally built for King Charles I, who used it
for hunting sport. In the past, the park was surrounded by a
16-kilometer long wall. Some of its remnants remain to be seen to this day. The British locals engage in various activities inside the park: fishing, playing rugby, boating or pedaling around the park.



#Theater in the Park

The classic historical drama "Anne of the Thousand Days", released in 1969, gives a glimpse into the 16th-century Richmond Park. It is a special film shot at Richmond Park, and it somehow reflects the dramatic history that took place in England.

The film tells the love story between King Henry VIII and his short marriage to Anne Boleyn. Because the film accurately describes the events that took place, it was only natural to film it in Richmond Park. The park was one of the king's favorite hunting spots. He and his wife Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon not far away, at Hampton Court.

King Henry VIII, who was portrayed in the film by Richard Burton,
was obsessed with a male heir. But his wife, Anne Boleyn, was unable to have a son, so she remained a queen less than three years before being executed, to make way for another woman. Anne Boleyn was played in the film by the actress Genevieve Bujold. The film won four Golden Globes and one Oscar.



#Deer in Richmond Park

The deer played a major role in the history of the park and are an inseparable part of the landscape here.

Their special habitat depends on pastures and the trees in the park.

Their breeding season is during autumn. At this time, the males compete for the females, with the big males roaring, barking and colliding, trying to fight rival males and attract the females. The newly born babies are hidden by the mothers, because they are very vulnerable at this stage of their lives. The mothers will passionately defend their young.

Deer are wild animals, which means that it is important to maintain a distance of at least 50 meters from them and not stand between two, especially during the turbulent autumn season. It is also important to know that you can't touch, feed or photograph the deer from close range.



A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaxcdwxcEaI
Amstel Park
#About the Park

Amstel Park (Amstelpark), located along the Amstel River was founded in 1972, and is one of the two most popular parks in Amsterdam.

Kids will find here a whole area full of attractions, like a petting zoo, ponies, mini golf, carousel, and go carts. For adults, there are art galleries spread around the park, where you can walk around the breath the artist's air.

The park is full of trees, lawns, and relaxing corners, walking lanes, and about 150 plant varieties and thousands of bushes (some reaching 4 meters in height). You can see the rose garden here, the butterfly garden, Japanese garden, and a small house showing off typical Dutch architecture.



A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQPpLD9szyg
Keukenhof Gardens
#The World's lLargest Flower Garden

The Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands is one of the world's largest flower gardens. It is located near the Dutch city of Lisse, a half hour drive from Amsterdam.

With a mind boggling 320 thousand square meters, and over 7 million flower bulbs planted eachyear, this is one of the largest and most beautiful gardens on earth. Of course, the kings of the gardens are the famous tulips, which are featured in a large variety of species.

But the Keukenhof Gardens are open to visitors only eight weeks a year, in the spring. So plan accordingly!



#Tips

Mid-March to mid-May is the time to visit the gardens.



Not the Season? Check out the Gardens in Full Bloom:

https://youtu.be/jgdtoEfQfZA
Ooster Park
#About the Park

In the eastern area of ​​Amsterdam, you will find the Ooster Park (Oosterpark). Because of its distance from the city center, the garden does not serve the tourists, but the locals. It is the first large park established by the city of Amsterdam and was built in 1891. Its style is reminiscent of the English gardens and was designed by the Dutch landscape architect Leonard Anthony Springer.

In order to build the park, the municipality was forced to move a very old cemetery that once stood there. When the municipality offered plans to convert the cemetery to the park, there were quite a few protests on the subject, but in the end the demonstrators surrendered and agreed with the new location of the cemetery.

There are inviting lawns, walking areas, cycling, picnic areas and playgrounds for the children. There are quite a few statues and monuments in the park. In the park you can spend a few hours relaxing. Near the park is the Tropenmuseum. During the hot summer days, you will see many children in its tiny pool, surfing the slides and enjoying the fun facilities.

Apart from the usual things that characterize most parks, it also houses the National Slave Monument, which perpetuates the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands in 1863. The monument was unveiled in 2002 before the presence of the Queen.


A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6zD7bHkeYs
Sarphatipark
#About the Park

The city park Sarphatipark, a public park, is a large park in Amsterdam. The park is named after Shmuel Tzarfati, that was a Jewish Doctor and Philantrophist. Thanks to Tzarfati's efforts, the worker's neighborhood De Pijp became a wide green space. You can simply call this place "Tzarfati Park"...

Though he was able to obtain a permit for a larger area for the park, after his death in 1866 some of the land was sold off, those areas where the park had not yet been built. Until today you can see the monument that was erected in the park in his memory. This monument is large and impressive, one of the more beautiful ones in Amsterdam.

In 1942, the park's name was changed to Bollandpark because Tzarfati was a Jewish man. In 1945, the name was returned back to its original one.

The Dutch painter Mommie Schwarz and his with Else Berg lived close to the park since 1927, until they were deported to Auschwitz in 1942 and murdered. Some of their last works of art were of the park landscape.



A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVUVKECbGeE
Volendam
#About Holland's Picturesque Fishing Town

Not far from Amsterdam, are the fishing towns of Volendam and Marken. In Volendam you can see the fishing boats and the big fishing nets, and Dutch women dressed in traditional clothing for tourists, the dresses are beautiful and colorful.

It may seem that the town's income comes mostly from tourism and not fishing, and maybe there are a few luxury yachts on the docks, but the traditional Dutch feel is still very strong here, and it feels as though you are traveling in a different time period, before mass tourism, like today.



A Closer Look at Volendam:

https://youtu.be/tz61AxOnjsI


Park Edith Wolfson
#About the Heighest Park in Tel Aviv

In south-east Tel Aviv, between Derech Hashalom, Hatayasim Road and La Guardia Street, is a beautiful park, that closely imitates European parks. Its area is 10,000 square meters, and is taller than its surroundings, providing a beautiful view of the Tel Aviv landscape, all the way to the sea.

The Edith Wolfson Park, or simply Park Wolfson, is named after the wife of famous British businessman and philanthropist Isaac Wolfson, whose donations were the basis of this park.

Older residents say that the top of the sand hill where the park was built, was once a watermelon farm. From what existed here only the sycamore trees are left, that have been integrated with the park's new vegetation.

The height of the park is 57 meters above sea level, and is officially the highest point in Tel Aviv.

The park was established in 1978 and was designed by the landscape architects Joseph Segal, Tzvi Dekel and A. Miller. The park includes big lawn fields, a variety of trees and bushes, walking pathways, football fields and picnic areas. The park also has an artificial pool, not too large, and is very pretty. The intention of the designers was to create a quiet and peaceful retreat in the garden, despite the heavy traffic around it. They achieved this by creating folds in the ground and enclaves of silence that are not exposed to the busy roads around them.

At the top of the hill in the center of the park stands a large environmental sculpture called "White Square", or according to locals, "White City." The sculpture is the work of artist Danny Karavan, who dedicated it to the founders of Tel Aviv and his father, Avraham Karavan, who for many years was the chief gardener of Tel Aviv.

The environmental sculpture is made of white concrete and combines large objects such as a tower, several geometric structures, a little vegetation and one olive tree, which stands in the center of one of the buildings of the "White City."




A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/0Nsrr840wMA
Tivoli Gardens
#About the Wonderful Tivoli Gardens

For hundreds of years, the resort town of Tivoli has been the most popular tourist destination outside of Rome.

Dating all the way back to the ancient times and the Renaissance period, Tivoli, situated on the slopes of the mountain range east of Rome, was a resort town favored by the rich and famous of Rome and Italy.

Tivoli is situated 30 kilometers north of Rome. It is a green town with many water sources and a breathtaking view.

There is no doubt that the main attraction in Tivoli for tourists is Villa d'Este, a villa that in the Middle Ages was a monastery and later became the abode of the second governor of Tivoli, Ippolito d'Este. The villa is beautifully decorated with pretty frescoes.

However the villa is famous primarily for its gardens, which were named "Tivoli Gardens." They have been declared a World Heritage Site, and for good reason. They are carefully decorated and feature beautiful fountains. There are about 500 designed pools of water which include waterfalls and fountains. There are many statues and sculptures of gods, animals and dragons throughout the grounds, most of which were brought from around Rome.

Additional recommended spots:

On the terrace of 100 fountains you can see about 100 fountains located along the beautiful promenade.

Hadrian’s villa is an ancient and elegant building that was used in antiquity for the residence of Hadrian Caesar.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/g8mmX5Nc5TY
Yarkon Park
#About Tel Aviv's Largest Park

This is Tel Aviv's Central Park, a nature reserve and athletic area in the big city, and its green and fresh oxygen tank, much needed by the city residents. Like Central Park, this park offers a wide variety of attractions, and every person can chose whenever they like best. Large lawn fields, walking trails and bike lines, sculptures, petting zoos and unique gardens - all this awaits visitors to the park.

First of all, the Yarkon Park (or Yehoshua Gardens by its official name), is the largest and central park in Tel Aviv and one of the most popular and well-known places in the country. On Saturdays this park holds most of the Tel Aviv population, who relax, picnic, work out, or tour. Many visitors tour the park on Saturdays, especially sunny wintery days. Others open blankets and just feel the grass against their feet.

Along with being an active and green park, there are many performances here, especially by artists from the world, and large-scale events.

You may want to look at the archaeological site called "Seven Stations." It is a flour mill built on the banks of the Yarkon River to use the flow of the Yarkon River to grind flour.

When you are at the "Seven Stations" archeological site, head south towards Napoleon Hill (in Arabic: Tel Jarissa). This is an archaeological site located near the intersection of the Yarkon River and Ayalon River. It was named after the army of the French general Napoleon Bonaparte, who was stationed here with his army while occupying parts of the Land of Israel.



#About the Yarkon Park History

Even in the early days of the state, David Ben-Gurion and Meir Dizengoff decided not to build buildings and houses on the banks of the Yarkon River. It is amazing that they had the vision and awareness of the environment that led to the decision that the Yarkon River would remain green and open for the benefit of the city's residents.

The Yarkon Park itself was built in 1969. Its area is set at 3.5 square kilometers, from the Geha Highway in the east to the sea in the west. From the whole park, about 3 square kilometers are open to the public.

The park was named after Yehoshua Rabinovich, in 1973, the current city mayor. This is also when the Yarkon Park Company was establish to manage the park.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dR77XIwKRr4



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/koGhh1ooIB0
Meir Park
#About Tel Aviv's Favorite Garden

Between King George and Tchernichovsky Streets, in the center of Tel Aviv, lies a peaceful and charming garden called Meir Park (Gan Meir). The garden is a corner of silence in the bustle of the city. You will see mothers and caregivers with toddlers, old people resting in the sun, dogs and their owners coming to the dog garden, couples in a break and people sitting to read a book. The large trees in its expanses provide plenty of shade for those sitting on wooden benches, near picnic corners and ping pong tables. In its center is a large ornamental pond surrounded by greenery and decorated with spectacular water lilies.

Meir Park was named after Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. It is located on an area donated by the Chelouche family for this purpose. The municipality planned to erect the park in honor of Dizengoff's 70th birthday, but its construction was not simple and it was delayed until shortly before he died, Dizengoff demanded angrily not to tie his name to this garden. Finally, more than a decade later and years after the man's death, the garden was inaugurated in 1944.

In 2004 a tradition was started in the Meir Park, of neighborhood childhood games being played at night. The participants, adults aged 20 and over, playing games from their childhood, such as dodgeball, hide and seek, and an Israeli game called "salty fish."



#About the Murder in Meir Park in the 1940's

Today it is hard to identify the tranquil garden where toddlers play, and couples walk hand in hand, with a violent crime scene, but in 1949 there was an affair that instigated the city's residents and is known as the murder in Meir Park. The affair, which was the first crime in the small Tel Aviv, cast a great shadow on the beautiful and innocent garden.

It was a rape and murder that horrified young Tel Aviv. It began in the summer of 1946, when two young people, Daniel Factory and Naomi Stein, met in Meir Park. The two discovered a few weeks earlier that they were half-brothers.

Suddenly, a stranger named David Jakubowicz approaches the two. He hit Daniel Factory with a stick on his head and raped Naomi, as it turned out that he had often done in the past. The dying Daniel managed to reach his mother's nearby house, where he collapsed. All night he was dying in the hospital and the next day he past away.

The odd thing is that Jakubowicz, a Greek Christian from Cyprus, whose name was actually Christos Nicolaides, who was only posing as Jewish, was one of those who reported to the police about "the young woman who was raped and found in the park." When it became clear that he had lied about his identity, he was suspected, and finally identified by Naomi. In the trial, which instigated the entire city, Jakubowicz was convicted of murder and rape and sentenced to death. This was the first time that an Israeli judge sentenced such a punishment.

The affair awoke international resonance, as the murderer arrived in Israel as part of his service in the British army and pretended to be Jewish.

However, the sentence was not carried out. The Supreme Court ruled that since Jakubowicz had killed Daniel Factory to prevent the latter from interfering with the rape, he did not murder him but killed him. Thus, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jakubowicz was released from prison ten years later.

Due to the rape and murder in Meir Park, the garden's reputation was severely damaged. For years, Tel Aviv residents were afraid to go through the garden at night and what was a corner of happiness became a threatening shadow of terror.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/d5vMQPqvZbI
Charles Clore Garden
Haskalah Park
Jardin des Plantes
Hyde Park
Tineretului Park


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