For 1 month 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. Photo kidsandcompass.com
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.Photo haarkon.co.uk
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.Photo elledecoration.com
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.Photo flickr.com
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.Photo pinterest.com
Ice cream with a taste of horse meat, pickled insects, fish with deadly venom, etc – Japanese cuisine has things to surprise, amaze and shock you with. And truth be told, enumeration of these dishes doesn’t help my appetite at all. But we are not after exotic stuff. True culinary tourism is an attempt to comprehend mindset and feel national distinctive color through traditional cuisine – not try most exotic dishes.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
Its sounds penetrate the heart, stop the flow of thoughts and cause the blood to move in some kind of magical rhythm. It's a roll of thunder. It gives the shivers. It's a secret. Japanese drums in their homeland are elevated to the rank of cult. Without them, not a single official event is possible, their melodies delight the hearing during joy and help to experience sadness.
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is not only a resort area, but historically rich city with its own unique style, lively atmosphere and southern temper. Probably every visitor is sure to enjoy a leisurely promenade on Las Ramblas - a broad pedestrian boulevard, which is our topic today.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
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.
Ordering coffee, we usually refer to it just as Americano, Espresso or Latte... However, good coffee shops that offer really high-quality coffee, would ask you to specify a type of coffee beans and the country of origin. And at this point many visitors usually feel at deadlock.
Facet of Botswana diamonds shine brightly. But aside from gemstones every woman in the world dreams about, there are many other treasures in this African nook. Today let us have a look at this country for ourselves...
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.
Another world that is always sunny and green. The world, where it never snows; and it seems like there are no problems. And it is so distant – even mapwise. This is how I picture New Zealand. My long-distance acquaintance with the country began some five years ago. Back then a prominent ENT expert tried and failed to cure me from an allergy that was bugging me every spring.
Marketing gurus and restaurateurs are enterprising and ready to do anything to increase flow of visitors to their food courts. Quite often, their methods of "flirting" with the public are the same, interior designs and menus are not much different. So, we have collated for you the world’s wackiest, weirdest, out-of-this-world dining establishments.
Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius!, Nietzsche exclaimed in a prophetic ecstasy. Gloomy pathos of the philosopher could be hardly understood by the residents of the Japanese city of Kagoshima, located at the bottom of the caldera Aira resulting from the explosion about 22 thousand years ago. Farmers were hoeing edges of the hollow from the Bronze Age, as usual fending off the ashes scattered in the air.
Despite ongoing development of air transport, many people across the Earth still love to travel by train for various reasons. Though the majority of passengers associate trains with a rather slow way to travel compared with airplanes, and are concerned with low comfort which can be still at the level of last century, reading through our selection below...
So, to wash your hands, you have to leave indoor slippers before bathroom threshold, step into the bathroom, slip into the special footwear, wash hands, remove those special bathroom slippers, and switch for indoor slippers when re-entering the living area. Earlier, probably in jest, Oba-san warned me that if I step onto the living area in the toilet slippers, he will tell me about hara-kiri rules.
There are many things that we can learn from citizens of the United States but what deserves special respect is love to their land. Patriotism of Americans manifests itself in everything, even in internal tourism - without having properly explored own country, an American would hardly travel anywhere outside its territory. Today we tell about one of the most popular internal tourism towns - about Leavenworth.
If what they show in cinematograph is true than a typical samurai appears to be austere, taciturn and even slightly unsociable person. But this image in actual fact doesn’t get in line with reality... You don’t believe it? Our journalist Elena Rasenko suggests you make sure of it for yourself.
Very often nature tests people. From time to time we have to conquer and subjugate the elements. When men mastered construction of bridges, water obstacles have ceased to be a problem for humanity. However, what to do if a town is behind a pit, flatland or gorge? All-too-common "bridge" on pillars cannot be constructed everywhere.
It is just as hard to imagine a Japanese who doesn’t eat fish as to picture a Scott who doesn’t drink whiskey. OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko will tell you about a unique place where successors of samurai purchase fine seafood for their tables.
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.