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Tiergarten
Tiergarten Park
#About Berlin's Green Lung

Tiergarten Park is the largest and most central park of Berlin. In the center there is a lake, and also the Berlin Zoo, the largest zoo in Europe.
It lies south of the Spree River, and to the east is the Brandenburg Gate. You can find a few pleasant hours to spend and relax here. Between the lawns, the groves and the small lakes you can stroll and meet the statues of the greatest Germans throughout the ages.

The Tiergarten Park is probably Berlin's "sun terrace." During warm days, many Berliners and tourists love to come to the lawns. They spread a towel on the grass and sun tan.

On the western side of the park you can join the nudists, who tan here naked, without any clothes.

Cinema fans may be surprised to discover the Berlin Victory Column in the center of the park, also known as the Angels' Home from the film by German director Wim Wenders, "Angels in the Sky of Berlin."



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/VbhB22CS2kU
Palisades Park
Palisades Park
#About the Park on the Cliff Overlooking the Ocean

With a gorgeous location over the water, the many palm trees scattered across the promenade and the green lawn, many say that the Palisades Park in Santa Monica is the prettiest park in Los Angeles.

Many come here for picnics, walk their dogs, practice Tai Chi, and those looking for pretty views and overlooking the cliffs - this is a real magical park.

This is one of the oldest parks in the area, and one of the prettiest during spring. Besides special trees and many pretty flowers, there is a rose garden that must be seen, the long and narrow park has bike lanes, walking and running tracks, some of which are along the tall cliffs. The Pacific Ocean spreads from the park and to the horizon, and there are a few walking trails along the beach to walk on.

The peaceful atmosphere that is in the park makes Palisades one of the calm corner for family entertaining and ball games with children. Children will also enjoy the historical cannon that is in the park, and the different statues scattered around.

Many come to this park during twilight to take photos of the beautiful sunset. You can look and see flying seagulls.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/c1HvGxnb2dw
Point Fermin Park
Point Fermin Park
#About the Park with the Lighthouse

Point Fermin Park is a park from which you can see wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, and the Saint Catalina Island. These can be seen well from a point called Point Fermin in San Pedro, the southernmost point of Los Angeles.

Long range telescopes enable visitors to see far way views, and in the water sea lions and dolphin packs can be seen from time to time.

In the park are also walking tracks and colorful gardens, among lawns with pagodas that offer visitors shaded areas.

There is an old lighthouse here from 1874 that looks like a large villa and is a great place for photos.

A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/XSISMNvBk7s


The Old Lighthouse:

https://youtu.be/HEfSSmBmRd4
Varosliget City Park
Varosliget City Park
#About Budapest's Public Park

Varosliget City Park is pretty and well maintained, this is the largest public park in Budapest. There are many plants, and a pastoral feeling.

At the park there are many attractions, among them the man-made lake, the Budapest Zoo, the popular Széchényi Spa, the Heroe's Square at the entrance to the park, the Budapest circus, the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle, botanical gardens, Transportation Museum, and the weekend flea market.

The park is one of the most recommended places to visit on spring and summer weekends. For the most part, on weekends, festivals and such take place here, and the atmosphere is festive all over the park. In winter as well, it is a lovely place to visit, especially when each winter an ice rink is created under the Vajdahunyad Castle.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MPHG7RT4cmI


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/C0IT12klz78

Parks

Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park
#About the Park

With 23rd Street to the south, and 26th Street to the north, Madison Avenue to the east, and Broadway and Fifth Avenue to the west, this is one of the most interesting places in Manhattan that is defined by what surrounds it.

It is located at the center of lively and commercial places in New York, and this park is not one of the most interesting places for nothing. The park, named after the 4th President of the United States James Madison, is surrounded by many buildings, that make this park worthwhile for a visit. This park is surrounded by urban and city life, one of the most moderns cities in the world.

Beyond what surrounds the park, this park itself is worth a visit. If you are looking for a nice place to take a break or have a nice picnic, this is probably the place. You can also arrive here in times when activities are taking place, like performances or exhibits.

During the summer months, special activities for kids can be found here. If you are looking for a nice place to go and listen to jazz and soul music, take a look at the Tips section below.



#Activities at the Park

This park is a place for foreigners and newcomers to the city of New York. In the south-western part of Madison Square Park, Tai Chi lovers gather to practice together. In the center of the park hot dogs and hamburgers are sold, originally from Germany, specifically Frankfurt and Hamburg. In the late afternoon, many locals come to the area, to drink beer under the clear sky. There are also many eateries from all over the world.



#Tips

Every Wednesday evening, at the Madison Square Park are held shows as part of the Annual Music Summer Festival of Madison Square. Great groups from around New York play here for free, they play jazz, soul, R&B, folk, and more - definitely worth a visit!



A Closer Look at the Park in Summer:

https://youtu.be/ciFN4nG3dgA



In Winter:

https://youtu.be/bNF1Sc_TmlY
Golem
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
Ariel Sharon Park
‪Ariel Sharon Park‬
#About the Park Built on a Mountain of Garbage

It is located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and has quite a few hiking, walking and cycling trails. With 8,000 acres of land, 2.5 times the size of Central Park in New York, Ariel Sharon Park is one of the world's largest environmental restoration projects. This park is all green and blooming, with a magnificent view and is located in the heart of the Dan region. This is a real asset to the quality of life of the city's residents and visitors.

Until the park was established, the whole area was called Hiriya, after an Arab village that had been here before. Between 1952 and 1998 the local authorities in the Dan region evacuated their waste here and over the years it grew into a real mountain. For years, Hiriya, the garbage dump about 60 meters above the ground, was the "waste mountain of the country." There was no good example of an environmental, health and safety hazard in Israel.

The place created severe environmental hazards. The many fires that broke out here, as a result of the fermentation of garbage and gas, damaged the quality of life and air in Tel Aviv and the entire Dan region. The large flock of birds that were concentrated above it constituted a real danger to the planes that took off at the nearby Ben Gurion airport and there was a serious fear of airplane accidents, as a result of birds being sucked into the jet engines.

The decision to build the park was made in 2005. Thus Ariel Sharon Park became a complex engineering and architectural project, which transformed the polluted and neglected - into a huge, green and blooming park. Two years later it was inaugurated as "Ariel Sharon Park."


#What Will you See Here?

Today, the open areas surrounding the Ayalon River and three of its tributaries flow through. The compound also includes the areas of Shalem Farm, Old Bnei Brak, the Mikve Israel School and Menachem Begin Park. You will not see only families in the sun or couples in a pampering picnic. There are also a variety of reptiles, mammals, amphibians and hundreds of birds.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/s8D2C0UlNbY


A Visit to the Park When it was Still a Dump:

https://youtu.be/f32F45Q8Tpg?t=167
Park Edith Wolfson
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


Parco di Villa Ada
Villa Ada Park
#About the Park with the Lake

While other parks in Rome are famous for fountains and statues, Villa Ada Park (Parco di Villa Ada) is a natural park, or rather woods, filled with oak and pine trees. In the clearing, there is a beautiful lake with an island at the center. If you are looking for a quiet spot, a local gem rather than a tourist venue, you've come to the right place.

Villa Ada Park is one of the largest public parks in Rome. It offers running tracks and hiking trails, relaxing by the lake and enjoying the wildlife of the park. You can catch moments of tranquility, and find refuge from the bustle of the city before returning to tour Rome’s many attractions.

Villa Ada was once home to the Italian family. King Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of united Italy, chose the place as his permanent home in the 19th century.

Today the park serves the residents of Rome as the perfect spot for a picnic, ball games and sports, horseback riding, canoeing, or various events which take place on the grounds of the Villa Ada. The most famous event is the world music festival "Roma Incontra il Mondo," held here every summer.



#Tips

It’s better to arrive by bus, but you can enjoy a nice walk if you choose the metro.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/I2Yz__me3fY
Villa Glori
#Rome's Forgotten Park

Villa Glori Park sits on a hill 56 meters high, around the villa, which was designed by the architect Raphael, built during the years 1923-1924.

The park is dedicated to the memory of the brothers Enrico and Giovanni Cairoli. The two brothers attempted to carry out a coup in 1867 to unite Italy and turn Rome into the capital.

The park, created as a memory park for the two, is perhaps one of the least known parks in Rome, but locals enjoy playgrounds where their children can ride ponies.

You can also come to the park for a romantic outing, or for a short break from the bustle of the city.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/fiy9L2FaGbk
Gianicolo Park
#The Park Overlooking Rome

Apart from being a wonderful park for a pleasant stroll and relaxation, Gianicolo Park (Parco del Gianicolo), situated on a hill west of the city, is known for its panoramic view of Rome at its special observation point.

If you hear gunshots while you are in the park, there is no need to be alarmed. This is part of the ceremony of cannon fire which takes place at noon every day in the plaza of the main building of the park. This daily ritual is part of the tradition since 1847.

The park also offers children activities, such as the marionette theater, horseback riding, bumper cars and more. It is especially worth watching marionette operators, skilled artists working puppets on a string, an experience the children will not forget.

If you are not tired of churches, go to the church of San Pietro in Montorio and observe the Baroque fountain called "Fontana dell'Acqua Paola."
Villa Doria Pamphili
#The Largest Park in Rome

As the largest public park in Rome, Villa Doria Pamphili Park is a convenient spot for relaxation from the bustling city. This park is less than 2 km from Vatican City and you can rest there, between visits to the famous sites and the long lines.

Like most parks in the city, this park once belonged to one of the aristocratic families of Rome. It remains simple and pleasant and the atmosphere is nostalgic. Italian can be heard here, as the locals spend their downtime in the park.

The park is built around Villa Doria Pamphili. The large and luxurious villa was built in the 17th century, during the Baroque period, for Prince Camilo Pamphili, who was the Pope's nephew.

There are no special attractions in the park, but you can spend an hour of leisure and take in the view, or join the runners on its path or walk. Enjoy!



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ViQVSSE3E
Villa Borghese Park
#About the Park that Children Enjoy

Villa Borghese Park is a large and pleasant urban park, and is in fact the second largest public park in Rome, after Villa Doria Pamphili.

The park is named after Pope Borghese, who built the famous Villa Borghese and the surrounding garden between 1613-1616 as a gift to his family.

The park is state property dating back to 1902 and offers travelers an enjoyable and wonderful place to rest and relax, along with entertainments for children, such as boating, feeding ducks and more. There are bike rentals available and pony rides.

Alongside the extensive lawns, Borghese Park has a man-made lake, and the typical variety of statues and fountains, small and ancient temples which can be suddenly discovered and more. There is also the magnificent Villa Borghese, which is a museum you might want to visit. There are also other museums, such as the Villa Julia Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkvNWGNHLMo
Beatrixpark
#About the Queen's Beautiful and Pleasant Park

The park named after the Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, is considered one of the cleanest parks in Amsterdam. It is well maintained and maintained. It was created between 1936 and 1938. The truth is that in its early years it was named after Dutch composer Alphonse Dabenbruck, but his name was changed later on.

Although over the years the park has undergone changes and additions, its ancient and original part is the most beautiful. It managed to maintain an original and authentic design and character, influenced by English parks. You will find a swimming pool with a fountain, water canals that can even be used for swimming and suitable for children in the summer, paths that invite a pleasant walk and lawns on which you can enjoy picnics.

The pavilions that stand in the park remain "remnants" of the Floriada exhibition, which took place here in 1972. The park is not crowded with visitors and mainly local residents.

It's worth it!


A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZKZYc5qYD0
Haskalah Park
#About Tel Aviv's Community Park

Between the high-tech zone, the home of giants such as Google, Pelephone and Check Point, and the quiet Bitzaron neighborhood, just off the Peace Road, Haskalah Park is an ecological, smart and loving place for the environment and people.

The park is relatively new and was established in order to create a point of nature in Tel Aviv. Apart from a pleasant shield for human visitors, there is everything here to attract animals, birds, reptiles and insects to the zoo. The structure of the park is designed to allow them to nest in specially constructed enclosed pergolas, to drink water, to catch sun in and to provide shelter among the diverse vegetation in the garden. The planners, led by architect Ram Eisenberg, have created a variety of biotopes designed to attract songbirds and butterflies. Which reminds us that in the park there were also a number of signs that explain to the visitors about the flora and fauna here. Perhaps this is why the park won the pharmacist prize, one of the most important in the field.

Haskala Park was built around the trees that remained from the neglected grove that existed here in the past. Thus, combining new vegetation with the everlasting pine trees that were constant here, the result of the fierce winds that have been here for many years to the west, from today's Wadi Musrara and Wadi Ayalon.

The architects even added lanterns, leaning against the trees. And by the way, the lamps that operate within them are environment friendly. They use bulbs that collect solar electricity from sunlight each day and illuminate the park in the evening.

The name of the street, Haskalah Boulevard, was also incorporated here. The seating areas in the park were located under the trees, and on each table are excerpts of literature from the Enlightenment period or from children's stories. Even the shelter in the park was painted and became part of an open class. It has pictures and written information about the great Enlightenment period in literature and allows teachers from nearby schools to go out with students to a class in nature.

The park also contains a large dog park, close by to playgrounds, including a game facility for petanque (French ball game), children's playgrounds, rope swings, hammocks and game armchairs - just leave the phone and play with them ...


#About the Enlightenment Period

The park treats the people of the Hebrew Enlightenment, who were writers and Jewish intellectuals, including Ginzburg, Zweifel and Ben Ze'ev. In fact, the entire Bitzaron neighborhood commemorates them by the names of its streets, as is the avenue in which Haskalah Park is located.

The period of Jewish Enlightenment, which developed in the 18th century under the influence of ideas of the European Enlightenment, emphasized the centrality of human reason and reason in all areas of human life. The movement sought freedom of thought, freedom of religion and belief, and freedom from religious authorities and restrictive traditions.

Just like the general Enlightenment movement, the Jewish movement also placed the individual at the center and the individual's good and freedom. It saw the individual's desire to determine the way of life and not the demands of society. In this, it derived from humanism, which placed man at the center and saw him as the person who possessed intellect and reason, and therefore had the right to free choice, which appealed to many Jews.

During the Enlightenment, the Jewish Enlightenment opened to its surroundings and adopted various ideas and lifestyles of the non-Jewish society around it, willing to integrate into it, not as a people but as quality individuals and contributing to their personal abilities.


#Bitzaron Neighborhood

The Bitzaron neighborhood is a neighborhood with a variety of small, detached homes, many of which have been expanded into luxurious and pleasant apartments. The neighborhood, which is mostly two floors, is one of the ares in Tel Aviv that allows you to live in a kind of "kibbutz in the city" and prices of the apartments accordingly. It has older residents, along with many artists, journalists and high-tech professionals who have come here in recent years.

Before the establishment of the Bitzaron neighborhood, there were large citrus groves here. The neighborhood was built during the period of immigration after World War II, in order to expand the supply of municipal workers of those days. Here, by the way, Shlomo Artzi grew up in the same period, whose father was one of the senior municipal employees.

Today, it is nice to walk between the "trains" on the eastern side of Bitzaron Street or in the narrow alleys on the side of the park. These alleys are actually small Dutch streets called "trails."

It is worth coming to see here the little gardens next to each apartment and the rooftops where the residents sit in the evening, in order to enjoy the breeze.
Yoyogi Park
#About the Green Park with Colorful and Rebellious Street Fashion

Yoyogi Park is a beautiful park, one of the largest parks in Tokyo, rich in beautiful trees and plants, along with many hiking and jogging paths and places for active city sports. Many see it as Tokyo's Central Park.

Yoyogi has great lawns, lakes, cherry blossoms, fountains and Japanese wooden buildings and benches.

Every Sunday, masses of tourists and locals come here to enjoy the tranquility and charm of Yoyogi, along with the culture and street fashion of the young people who come here to see and be seen. They gather in the nearby park and street of Takeshita Dori, dressed in colorful clothes, stylized hairstyles, while celebrating their most daring, subversive, and extravagant fashions.

Another interesting street show in the park is the "Elvisism" show. It's a bunch of Elvis Presley impersonators, who every Sunday sing and drink beer and make people happy.



#Tips
The most beautiful time to visit here is during Sakura, the cherry blossom season which occurs every year from March to early May.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB-Nb9FnsW8



There is Also a Nice Market Here:

https://youtu.be/Gt5R0pGAiIA



Here are the "Elvis's" performing:

https://youtu.be/u0EnARCOAvs
Mauer Park
#About the Park that is Located on the Borders of East and West Berlin

Mauer Park (Mauerpark) in German means the ‘Park of the Wall,’ and is a park in Berlin. The origin of its name is from the Berlin Wall that was built here in 1961 and created the border in Berlin, between the West and East sides. A part of the wall passed here and was considered ‘no-man’s-land,’ anyone trying to escape across the border towards the West side and its freedom, was shot and killed.

As the years pass, Mauer Park gained popularity by locals, and it attracts among the rest artists, musicians, and the homeless. The park, being one of the more popular destinations among the young locals, especially those from neighborhoods such as Prenzlauer Berg, attracts athletes, and circus jugglers, who come here for the semi-spontaneous summer nightlife. The also come for the Walpurgis Night celebrations, on April 30th of every year.

Since 2004 a flea market has been going on right near the park. The park still contains about 30 meters of the Berlin Wall, which is used as a memorial for the time when the wall used to divide the city. It has become common for Graffiti artists to paint graffiti on the wall, and repaint new artwork all the time.

However, the park’s biggest attraction, at least musical attraction, is the karaoke that goes on here. It all started as an unofficial karaoke show in February 2009. Since then, it has evolved into weekly Sunday afternoons performances, when the weather permits, the Bearpit karaoke show in the amphitheater. The show has long become an event that thousands come to, and get to listen to either new and exciting performances and voices, or out of tune singers who are not self aware of their voices.

In the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th century, the park was used as the location for the old North train station. Following the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, this station was closed once and for all.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/SlwfOv5Dz1Y


The Karaoke:

https://youtu.be/wd-WV90BQI0


And the Street Artists:

https://youtu.be/nEEnTHhZgvM


Champ de Mars
#About the Park

Champ de Mars is one of the city's most green and beautiful places. The Champ de Mars, the bigger park in the 7th district of Paris, has a very special use - it's a field for parades and training of the École Militaire (military school), named after the Mars Field in Rome. In the past popular holidays and some exhibitions were held here. The park is located between the Seine River and the Ecole Militaire Complex. At the western end of the park is the Eiffel Tower. The park is 780 meters long and 200 meters wide.

Many of the most important and significant events in French history took place there. On July 14, 1790, the "Pieter de la Pedersion" events took place there during the French Revolution, and on July 17, 1791 a massacre was carried out there against French monarchs who called for the overthrow of the King, King Louis 16th.

The park hosted many renowned exhibits, such as: the Paris World Exposition in 1867, the Paris World Exposition in 1889, the Paris World Exposition in 1937 and the colonial exhibitions designed to present the colonies of the French colonial empire.

It's quite amazing that under the nose of one of the world's most famous places, the Eiffel Tower, there are 780 meters of quiet green gardens that allow you to stretch out on their lawns in total peace. The place is used by the Parisians to rest on sunny days and allows tourists to see the tower's strength in the background. Buy yourselves baguettes and croissants, doesn't matter from where, then just lie back on the grass and enjoy the moment.



#The Paris World Exposition

The "Champ de Mars" park you are standing in at this moment has hosted several important expositions in Paris. One of the largest and most important exposition is the Paris World Exposition which took place in 1889. This exposition still servers as a turning point in Parisian history, because the Eiffel Tower was built in its honor.

The exhibition was held in honour of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and was visited by more than 6.3 million visitors. Half of them were French.

The exhibit featured a number of fields to a large audience for the first time: plastic art, music from South America and the Far East. It has revealed modern trends in art such as symbolism and post-impressionism. This exhibition also presented African natives imprisoned in a human zoo, an artistic performance whose purpose is to raise awareness of the differences between people. In addition, the "Machinery Gallery" building was established, which presents inventions and innovations in the field of technology.

The Eiffel Tower served as the exhibitions gate, but since its construction was not over, the visitors were only allowed to climb up to the second floor.

The exhibitions area was about 1 square kilometer and spread across the Champs de Mars, the Trocadéro, the banks of the Seine and the Invalides. In order to travel around the exhibition, the visitors used a small train on a 3 km track, which was set up for transportation.



#Art in the Form of a Human Zoo

In one of the most important exhibitions held in this place, the Paris World Exposition in 1889, an interesting, perhaps even slightly disturbing, artistic performance was presented.

African kids imprisoned in a human zoo were presented to a wide audience. The human zoos displayed human children (ethnic groups defined as natural and primal populations in a particular place). Most of the children were African, Native American, Inuit and Asian. The purpose of the displays was to emphasize the "inferior" nature of the natives and the difference between them and the Europeans from Western culture. Ethnographic zoos were generally based on scientific racism and social Darwinism.

One of the main attractions of the Paris World Exposition was the "Negro Village," which was the human zoo that displayed 400 children in a grand show, presenting their authentic lives to the public. The attraction was visited by 28 million people.



A Closer Look at the Champ de Mars:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6RZld1eV2Y
Hyde Park
#About the Park

Hyde Park is one of the Royal Gardens of London. It is located in the center of London and was originally purchased by King Henry VIII, from the Westminster Abbey monks in 1536. Like many royal gardens at the time, it was also closed to visitors at first, and the roads were open to the carriage of the aristocracy only.

In earlier periods, the area served as a hunting ground and an arena for battles, horse races, executions, and more. During World War II, the land in Hyde Park was used to grow potatoes.

In 1728 Queen Caroline took 300 acres from the west side of the park and turned it into Kensington Gardens. It was also the same period the Serpentine lake was built. This is a snake-shaped lake where you can sail or watch the ducks.

It also has a touching memorial to Princess Diana, the "Princess of Hearts", may she rest in peace.

You can stroll around the park easily and see its monuments, enjoy the café or the children's playground.

In 1851, the Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park for a large exhibition held in London that year. In 1857, the Marble Arch was moved here - a marble arch designed by architect John Nash as the entrance gate to Buckingham Palace and inspired by the Arch of Victory in Rome.



#The Speakers' Corner in the Park

A popular point in the park is "speakers' corner," where many people gather and conduct public discussions to this day. At the "Speakers' Corner" any person may stand and speak at will. People milling about or those who come especially may listen and participate.

Some of the speakers are particularly smart, for example past speakers include Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell. Others might poke fun or provoke arguments... This particular custom of speeches has been partially preserved to this day, and every Sunday you will be able to hear various speakers who talk about political, economy and other issues.



#Hyde Park

This park is the perfect pace to take a break from your demanding routine. Locals come here to wander about, get some fresh air and exercise or bike around. The park is one of the eight royal parks within the capital of the United Kingdom and is one of the most prominent green spaces in London.

This park, with 350,000 square meters of a pastoral and green landscape, has hosted quite a few exhibitions, demonstrations and large concerts. The name "Hyde" may be related to a unique space measured in according to the fertility of the soil. The area contains a range of 60,000 to 120,000 square meters.

The southeast corner of the park is actually connected to the backyard of Buckingham Palace, which incidentally is also connected to St. James Park. The palace cavalry uses the park on a daily basis.



#Hyde Park for Tourists

Entrance to the park is possible between 5 am until midnight. There are about 5 million visitors each year. The park has miles of bicycle lanes, special pathways for horses, hiking trails, playgrounds and sport fields for football, tennis, golf, bowling and cricket. The park has street lamps which allow a pleasant atmosphere in the evening, benches which allow relaxation, taking in a view of the park, cafes, restaurants, water fountains and even a police station. In the summer, about 500 green and white sun loungers are regularly placed in the open air.

Children can also be entertained here, especially in the park named after Princess Diana located inside the big park, where children can play in sand and water. Admission to adults is only possible if they have children.

Some very large musical performances took place in this park. Among others; Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Kevin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more. Hundreds of thousands of spectators attended the performances.

If you're looking for what to incorporate on the day you visit the park, you can add Westminster, Oxford Street, Notting Hill or the Museum Quarter to your plan.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG-vnMLaMlE
Battery Park
#The Origin of the Name Battery Park

The public Battery Park is located in Manhattan in New York City. If you were wondering about the origin of the name, the park is named after a battery of cannons that was located here, at the beginning of the 17th century, during the Dutch and British rule of the city. The purpose of the battery of cannons was to protect the port of New York.

Already back then, the area was popular among visitors who came for vacation on the river banks. After the American Independence War, celebration festivities were held here as the last of the British soldiers were leaving the city.


#About the Park

The park where you are now located was set up in the 19th century, and on its land was the Castle Clinton, that changed ownership to the City of New York. By the way, only in 2005 were the remains of the walls and battery exposed that stood here 200 years ago.

In the park are a few monuments: The East Coast Monument that was erected for the commemoration of the Navy and soldiers of the United States that fell in the Atlantic Ocean in World War II, and their bodies which have never been found. Other monuments are the one for the Korean War, the "Peace Garden," a monument dedicated to the victims of AIDs, and the monument for the September 11th attack called "The Counting." This globe, that was located at the center of the trade centers, and what was left after the terrible attack.

In 2005, the landscape architect Piet Oudolf added the spiral fountain, and 35 illuminated and interactive jets of water. This is an attraction for children, who will also be interested in the sea glass carousel that will take them to experience the deep sea.


#The Park for Tourists


Today the park spreads widely across a large lawn, and it is possible to look over the Statue of Liberty, and onto Ellis Island. In the park is also a rose garden with thousands of plants. Over 4 million visitors come to the park each year.

Here you will find vegetable gardens, benches, running and walking trails, a promenade, quiet corners under trees, and concerts that take place under the open sky. This is an ideal place to stop, relax, have a picnic, or just look over the wonderful views.



#The Castle Clinton

The Castle Clinton is a fortress that was built on a nearby island, that subsequent landfill expanded the island into incorporated mainland Manhattan, before the War of 1812, to protect the city. The fort is named after the mayor of New York City at the time, DeWitt Clinton. Later on, they dried up the sea that was between the fortress and the park and today it is part of the park.

After the war the Castle was transferred under the ownership of the city of New York and became a public park. The fortress grounds, or Castle, were covered in the mid-19th century and became a public theater, of the first in the city.

The Castle continued to fill different roles throughout American history. Among other things, it was used as a primary absorption center for immigrants. Later on it was turned into the first National Aquarium, and today is a visitor center, where tickets are sold for sailing trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.



Battery Park:

https://youtu.be/1-dxf7dSiMA
Central Park
#About New York's Biggest Park

You have arrived at one of the most well-known and pleasant places in New York - Central Park.

Central Park was established in 1857, on land that was used for herding sheep, and also partly a poor neighborhood. Walking through the park is an attraction in itself, though the most magical spots can be found between the narrow pathways, between trees and bushes. You can also see nice musical performances here, take part of fun activities, both for children and adults, look towards the view from different viewpoints in the park, that overlooks the lake and the architecture of the amazing New York skyline.

Visitors to Central Park are not necessarily tourists. New Yorkers take advantage of the wide spaces for sports, for laying out on the grassy lawns, to tan or read under the open sky. With that, it shouldn't be difficult to find a quiet corner for you and a partner, and even for a nice picnic. Near the park, you will find many delis where you can buy all the ingredients you need for the meal. You can rent bikes and ride along the park, or rent a boat and row in the lake.

On pleasant spring and summer days many locals and tourists tend to arrive in Central Park to watch the shows, festivals, and different concerts performed for the public, and some of these shows are also free.

This huge park is easy to get lost in. In an area that is 4 kilometers long and 800 meters wide, you can see over 25,000 trees and 1,500 types of plants and animals.



#History of Central Park

It is not by accident that Central Park is so important in New York culture. Central Park was the first designed park in the United States, and was so because of the need to build a big public park. In order to execute this plan, New York's government conducted a competition for the design of the park, and the plan that was chosen was by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Three years later the park opened.

One of the innovations in the park was a different transportation system for each purpose: sidewalks for pedestrians, special pathways for horses, and streets for carriages and vehicles, that back then did not exist. What is special about these streets that go up and down the park, is that they are embedded in the park and integrate well between the dense vegetation. It hides them from the pedestrians and maintains the nice aesthetics of the park. This is how it happened that the park has 36 bridges, each with its own style and character.

At the beginning of the 20th century the park was neglected and abandoned. From the 1960's it was considered a place of crime and criminals. Many of the residents avoided going near it. This is why the mayor La Guardia decided to rehabilitate it, and restore its image.

In 1980 a special foundation was established whose purpose was to maintain Central Park. It began with the renovation and maintenance of the park, and in 2003 the park celebrated 150 years to the park's establishment.

An especially interesting point has to do with the changing weather. The tough winter months has been endured by the park as well. In the past the lake had frozen completely during winter. Though as the years went, and construction grew around the park, the lake began freezing less and less, and today it is a rare event if the park lake freezes at all.



#The Building of Central Park

More than 80 years of building have made the park what you see in front of you today. The story of the building began in the 1840's, when several important people, including architect Andrew Downing, the author Washington Irving, and the Editor of the New York Evening Post William Bryant convinced the city municipality to buy the land, without a clear understanding what the land would be used for.

Back then the land was full of mud, and unevenly covered with trees and bushes, poor shepherds were living around the grounds in wooden shacks, with pigs and goats wandering around the rocks.

The building began in 1857 and involved 3,000 construction workers and 400 horses. They prepared the ground, cleared the ground and made it construction ready. The soil was brought straight from New Jersey, and more than 4 million trees were sent from around the world. Most of the rocks that were here previously, stayed in their place.

The building provided jobs to many of the poor residents in the area that suffered from an economic crisis, and in 1876 the park was opened to visitors officially.



#Disputes over Central Park

Central Park was the source of many disputes over the years. Each wanted the ground to be used for something else. The architect Olmsted wanted to turn the park into a place where visitors arrived to enjoy the landscape. He wanted to limit them to a passive experience and enjoyment that would allow limited use of the land. The public, though, felt that this was a perfect place for sporting activities, and the public won apparently, since over the years playgrounds were opened, a zoo, and a rocky area that is climbed by children.

However, the disputes over the area were not over. In 1899 great pressure was put on the municipality, until it finally allowed the use of cars in the park. A few decades later, the residents of Fifth Avenue also succeeded in getting the trees trimmed, that blocked their view from their expensive apartment terraces.



#The Dark Past of Central Park

Crime, drugs and violence were an inseparable part of the atmosphere, especially in the 1960's and 1970's, Central Park turned into a symbol of desperation, and a place to stay away from.

It was so intimidating, that tour guides warned visitors from walking around the park at night. What did not help the image, were the killings and murders that became the history of New York, and happened in the park itself.

One of the most well-known cases was the murder of Michael O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan was a kindly homeless person who used to spend his time around the park, especially around high school students who came to consume alcohol and drugs. The homeless man was murdered by two young 15-year-old boys.

Another terrible murder happened on the evening of July 16th, right on the same day that John Kennedy Junior's plane crashed, the son of the famous late President Kennedy. Around the park screams were heard of someone young. The young lady, whose cries were not enough to grab attention, was brutally murdered, even though this happened in one of the more populated areas of the park.

Across the street in front of the Dakota building, John Lennon, the leader of the Beatles, was murdered. In his memory a monument was placed for him with the writing 'imagine.' See more by clicking on the tag "Monuments".



#The Statues of Central Park

If you walk around the park you will notice the variety of statues that populate it. The statues are definitely worth your attention, and the most well-known of the group is probably the bronze statue that describes the story of Alice in Wonderland. It is located on the Eastern side of the lake.

On the West side of the lake you will be able to find the statue of Hans Christian Andersen, by Georg Lober. In the Bethesda Fountain you can see statues by Emma Stebbins. Near the Metropolitan Museum you can see the obelisk Cleopatra's Needle, 3,500 years old.

At the edge of the avenue "The Mall," with the pretty elm trees, you can see statues of Shakespeare, Christopher Columbus and Walter Scott.



A Closer Look at the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjn8QcZzmQA
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