The best gift for ladies is flowers. The truth is, it is incredibly romantic and beautiful, suitable for any age and status. Especially nice it is when there is plenty of flowers. Dozens upon dozens! And where else can you admire floral beauty if not at the festival? We selected five the most famous and flowery fests from around the world.
It should come as no surprise that in all ratings, guides and portals, this event is ranked as the first, since Bloemencorso (flower parade) is the biggest flower festival in the world! The floral spectacle starts on the first Sunday of September, and the preparation for it lasts the whole summer. And this is for reason, because the scope of the flamboyant parade is amazing: dozens of large flower sculptures walking through the city of Zundert, Netherlands, is unlikely to leave anyone indifferent. Each festival has its own character, charm and theme... By the way, if you come 2-3 days before the show, don’t miss a chance to go to the town of Sassenheim to watch preparations. If you want, you can help. Be sure that your help will be welcomed there: volunteers and craftsmen attach hyacinths to the huge metal structures, adding brightness with colourful tulips. Fans of provocations use this opportunity to show off adding paints or ice to floral constructions.Photo floristicplanet.by
Brussels Flower Carpet
This is truly a landmark of Brussels. A huge mural of a few hundred thousand specimens of Begonias first appeared on the main square in front of Grand Place in Brussels in 1971. After that, the landscape architect E. Stautemas was invited to various European countries. But he refused to England, France and Vienna, because it is only in Brussels that carpet looked organically and in its proper place. Residents of the city can be proud of it: blooming begonias cover a huge area creating an image unique in its kind. Every 2 years more than 40 consecutive years they chose another theme for the floral carpet. At night, tourists also have an attraction to admire: the carpet is floodlit, and this creates an entirely different, magical atmosphere.Photo 66.media.tumblr.com
La Batalla de Flores
Valencia invites everyone to the Battle of flowers - one of the most beautiful and colourful flower events in the world. What is the main difference of this festival? It is held at night immersed in music, dance and fireworks, and eventually turns into a flower-pelting battle between one and everyone. Battle begins in the evening, so as all the participants and guests can look at the spectacular fireworks, which mark the truce. But this is not the final point, because the festivities continue till the morning! During the parade massive floats with flowers are majestically eye-popping through streets for a few times, so festival-goers are sure to see every single detail. It takes place on the final Sunday of July every year.Photo turismoenmedellin.com
Once a centre of the slave trade, modern Medellin the "City of Eternal Spring". Every year since 1957, in the beginning of August, Colombia invites everyone to a very important holiday. Residents carry elaborate flower arrangements on their backs which weight sometimes about 90 kg. This is a very heavy burden, but it is significant for the Colombian people. This day they celebrate the abolition of slavery and call the whole world to join them. This city really has a lot of flowers, and inhabitants of Medellin want to change stereotypes about them, and to become a cosy tourist town. We must admit, they are good at it. And for the convenience of tourists from Miami and New York, some airlines arrange special "flower flights" which will take you to the feast of flowers and life.Phot laredodigital.es
Great Spring Show
At the end of spring, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London host the Flower Show devoted to the latest developments in the field of floral architecture and landscape design, that has already become a good tradition. Since 1862 this floral show has been held by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). And it won the title of the most famous flower festival in the UK.
In addition to these impressive festivals, other sources of inspiration are: May Crosses Festival in Spain highlighting crosses made of flowers; Florence blooms with iris flower competition showcasing the most outlandish and rare varieties; the Canadian Tulip Festival featuring a large exhibition of tulips. Every country, every city greets the summer season it its own way, but one thing is the same everywhere: the whole world becomes a little kinder when flowers are in blossom.Photo thegallopinggardener.blogspot.com
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.
Our today's city is the capital of four islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Together they form the Balearic archipelago which is an autonomous community and a province of Spain. Palma de Mallorca is the heart of Balearic Islands that beats in quite different rhythms: both jumping at vibrant beach parties, and rhythmically following play of the Mediterranean waves.
Dwellers of this island whiten their houses like crazy, treat every plant with love and can watch birds of passage for hours. Emerald valleys get shifted with desert landscapes there and precipitous cliffs border with azure and ruby beaches. Minorca is like the most precious stone in the neckless of Balearic Islands.
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.
Throughout its history, the town has seen many famed guests: Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Descartes, Peter the Great of Russia... And now everyone can easily join a number of these outstanding personalities just by visiting a cosy town of Spa, which since the 18th century is the most popular in the highest circles European health resort and the ancestor of all spas in the world.
Euphoria comes with freedom, masterpieces are in museums, and fantastic architecture is done by human and nature… Netherland capital Amsterdam is famous and unknown simultaneous. It might sound strange but Netherlands are not visible in this cosmopolitan and tolerant European city. So, we will try to search for it in the suburbs of the capital, particularly, in the village Volendam.
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
If you spent half a day enjoying chips with mayonnaise, herring, eel and cheese; your imagination managed to find solutions for all the riddles of the universe while waiting for hours in endless queue to the Rijksmuseum; and within a couple of hours you were almost knocked down on the road thrice, it means, no doubt, you were spending that day in Amsterdam.
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.
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.
How many kinds of tourism are there? Gastro, ecotourism, shopping — there are probably as many varieties of them as travelers themselves — everyone choose what they want. Today we talk about people visiting places that have become locations for shoting famous movies.
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops.
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.
Summer is up to come very soon which means that it is time to plan a vacation, pack your bags and make up a list of must visit destinations. We understand that in a busy city it is hard to find a place where absolute silence reigns. It is natural for all humans to search for tranquillity sometimes. If you are one of these people, then breath out with relief.
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.
If early morning you walk along sandy beaches of Oostduinkerke, located in one of Belgium western provinces, you can see several suns. One, of course, is in the sky, and others are bright yellow spots riding horses carrying heavy wicker baskets, while plying the shallows along the North Sea coast for shrimps. Oostduinkerke and shrimps are hand and glove, so horseback shrimping is still practiced here.
There are so many things that Italy mixes in its cauldron: gondolas that travel along olive-green rivers, scorching sun that, like a juice, flows into the bottle of Pisa Tower, entwined spagetti of streets and crusts of squares covered in a mixture of Italian herbs and dialects. Also, it has ducks in its teasury. Oh yes, it is these creatures that allow you feel a flavor of genine national distinctive. And this ducktale is over thirty years old.
How to get rid of stress and get a lot of fun? They say dolphin therapy is an effective remedy against emotional pain. Walking with dolphins can bring a bottomless amount of emotions and even expand the boundaries of the mind ... At least, the supporters of this way of thinking say so. Which countries are best to travel in order to be treated by the method of dolphin therapy?
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.