For 7 days spring has been reining our planet, now just watch warm coats to change for thin jackets, cold and mediocrity for the bright sun. And, of course, what sort of spring it could be without green trees and beautiful flowers? Well, in order to make your expectation of long-awaited colours and flavours less agonizing, we offer you to enjoy the beauty that year-round marvels visitors to the most exciting indoor gardens.
The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, the United Kingdom
More than seven million plants are thriving under glass in south-west London in the vast territory of 121 hectares. This greenhouse ranks high in all and every rating for number of different plants, and quality of servicing them. The Gardens are taken care of by approximately 700 horticulture professionals from around the world. Back in 1670 it was decided to create a unique piece of nature in the British capital, and the best of the best experts came there. The star attraction of the Kew Botanic Gardens is the Princess of Wales Conservatory where during a half-hour walk every plant lover experiences the impact of ten climatic zones ranging from a desert climate on one end to a tropical climate at the other end. This allows coexistence of orchids, lilies, rice and bananas. This domain is the object of UNESCO heritage.
The Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome, Japan
The Land of the Rising Sun is not very big in size, so technology progress never stops there as people are forced to expand their living space. In addition to creating the whole islands, the Japanese are also very reasonable to use every piece of land granted to them by Mother Nature. So, this oasis of wild flora was originally built on land reclaimed from a landfill and dumping site in Tokyo. And regardless the fact that ground was not fertilized with waste, but only cleared from it, it also has benefits – the place is powered by a nearby waste incineration plant. Highlights include a fern forest, a tropical village and even an indoor waterfall. The park that encircles the greenhouse dome has a large collection of cherry trees which also contribute to the unique atmosphere.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Another Asian indoor growing space striking with balanced partnership between technology and greenery. Singapore mild climate allows keeping the entire territory without glass cover, moreover, because of the year-round warm temperatures, the indoor gardens have often to be cooled instead of heated. The climate is controlled by advanced air-conditioners. The green space is noteworthy since in addition to species endemic for Southeast Asian, there thrive representatives from distant Australia, the Mediterranean and South America. Gardens by the Bay is the largest column-less conservatory in the world. And the locals perceive it not only aesthetically, but practically: Singaporeans can attest that a trip to a cool indoor space here can be as welcome as visiting a greenhouse during the middle of winter in colder climes.
Callaway Gardens, the United States
Glass covered botanical gardens of Georgia are known not only for their rich vegetation and year-round summer, but also for colourful butterflies as this horticultural attraction is also a centre for their breeding. The complex is mostly built in the "old style", being neither the largest nor the top-notch modern, it has earned LEED certification for its environmental friendliness and energy-efficiency. And this is a venue where the locals perceive gardening practice: thence experts conduct special courses training plants enthusiast to care of plants and even of butterflies. It is not "master class once a month" but weekly classes several hours long.
Atocha Station, Madrid
This unique plant-filled space spreads out not somewhere under glass, but in the territory of the largest railway station in Madrid. And the station was not closed or converted into an art object: trains continue to arrive and depart, passengers are still carrying their suitcases, and schedule is being announced, as inside ordinary chaotic transport hub. In the midst of this hustle and bustle there is a real growing space with more than 7 thousand of plants and a pond home for both fish and turtles. Atocha was designed in the 19th century. During the renovation in 1992 it was decided to create a greenhouse which is now much adored by Madrid residents and guests. Walking in this island of greenery is a relaxing gateway from the metropolis. It seems that even trains sound not so obtrusive in the bushes.
In recent years Georgia has rightly become very popular touristic spot on world map. Probably, everybody will find something for oneself in this proud mountainous state: amazing nature, delicious food, devote and cordial friends and much, much more. Outlook try to visit it as often as possible and share all kinds of interesting stuff with you. Today we’ll tell about a marvelous Sataplia Reserve.
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
A thing that for tourists is a reason to click photo cameras in amazement, for local citizens is a source for constant concern and even grave danger. A chain of fire-breathing volcanoes, banded with salt lakes and thermal geysers, is believed to be one of the most astonishing spots on the planet. But one thing is to have a look and leave and completely another – to constantly ‘sit on a powderkeg’.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
The owners of island Calala near the coast of Nicaragua offer to rent it for one million dollars. The island with the square of 0.1 ha has all the infrastructure common for such sea areas. The only thing unusual is, perhaps, price. The editions describing all the expensive things paid attention to it. What is proposed for one million?
Germans have other pets besides German Shepherds and in Boston not just Boston Terriers can be seen. People choose dogs relying on own preferences. But sometimes locals are too prone to having a certain breed so it becomes a distinctive of a location. Natural conditions, fashion and even set of mind contribute to it.
After the legendary Frenchman Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his colleagues invented and perfected self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, scuba diving firmly entered the list of the most popular, but unfortunately, unsafe hobbies. OUTLOOK warns and talks about the most extreme places to do scuba diving.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
Flower fields and valleys are impressive and attract attention of the most discerning connoisseurs of beauty. Multi-coloured deposits of fragrant plants adorn vast valleys of almost every country, in the most distant parts of the world. We offer several options for such floral carpets for every taste.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
Figurines of dodo bird “invaded” all souvenir shops of Mauritius and its image even managed to become a national symbol complementing to the country’s emblem. But the most grievous thing of all is that all this glory came to Raphus cucullatus after it was completely extinct from the face of Earth – and it took it less then a hundred years…
Lighthouse - this word evokes beautiful associations: sea adventures, storms, huge ships. And we do not want to dispel these thoughts, but rather to add fuel to the fire. There is a great amount of them in the world, they are striking by their beauty and inimitable. Today we are sharing with you the quintet of amazing lighthouses!
Have you ever noticed how parks attrack us when it gets warmer outside? And what happens when you suddenly get there? Time stands still, something starts pulsating inside you, and your body seems to plant out fresh sprouts. OUTLOOK encourages you to visit the most beautiful arboreta of Ukraine, which you will exit feeling double alive.
Our cities are literally overfilled with concrete, glass and plastic. However, no matter how heavy-duty these construction materials are, sometimes the best foundation is nature. Today, OUTLOOK focuses on towns built "in" and "on" rocks.
It has been known since olden times that wine-making process is a true art that is within the power only of the ones sincerely in love with their trade. Let alone beauty of masterpieces created by skillful hands – grape gardens, scattered in various nooks of the world, that impress with grandeur and adorn this planet, ornamenting it with bright juicy colors.
The Times newspaper edition recognized Ålesund as the most beautiful town in Norway. It is not without reason: wayward sea, mesmerizing northern nature, famous fjords, fabulous multi-coloured houses in the Art Nouveau style and the legendary Trolls' Path, beckon those wishing to see the stunning wild landscapes.
Icy island of Greenland was first discovered by the Norwegian Vikings. This fact is surprising since this nomadic tribe had enough courage to penetrate into the harsh Arctic climate. We will not delve into searching for reasons which led warlike people to edge of the earth, but supply the modern traveller with the list of core Arctic attractions with a unique Greenlandic touch.
Nature and heritage are above and beyond temporary drawbacks in infrastructure and services of Kyrgyzstan, which in terms of tourism is approaching to Georgia and Armenia. Let's consider this through the example of the cosy city of Karakol.
As a child I could spend hours gazing at the sky and spying majestic flocks of birds winging their way south. For a kid this movement was a real magic. Today my bookshelf hosts almost no books about magic, though I am still excited about feathered tribes travelling in hope to land on their winter grounds.
Good tourist is not just someone who is always quick off the mark and ready to embark on a journey any minute. It is the one who is also known for an ability to carefully plan holidays six months in advance. If you are one of them and already think where to go in summer - our next story about gigantic Issyk-Kul Lake and kinds of recreation there is for you.