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The peace of a quiet garden! For travelers, time to reflect and relax is essential: The joys of traveling are matched only by the rigors of moving from city to city, schedules in mind and suitcases in hand. What better place to process what you’ve seen than a garden, whether it’s a formal French chateau, a sprawling English manor house, or a display of cacti in the Arizona desert?

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Gardens and Arboretums: The Bucket List


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Visiting Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

As I approached the magnificent building from the west, a banner above the entrance door announced the forthcoming Victorian Hot Rod Association’s 50th anniversary show. The banner looked glaringly incongruous. Yet it emphasised the fact that here was a building that, despite its 135-year age, was still being used for ...
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Daytime Christmas scenery at the Opryland (Photo credit: MCArnott)

Spending Christmas at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee

Streams of lights fall like incandescent snowflakes, characters of children’s books and cartoons hang from small-scale hot-air balloons and parachutes. Only Santa can bring more excitement at the Opryland Hotel! You might not deck your halls before December, but Opryland does. It takes months to hang 180 miles of strings with ...
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Halloween-style jail in the Joan of Arc Garden in Québec City (Photo: MCArnott)

Hounding Halloween Ghosts in Québec City, Canada

A giant spider crawls on the side of an office building. A sailing ship has run aground in front of Québec City Hall. Halloween decorations set the tone for our family visit to Québec City, with grandchildren in tow. Ships have a lot to do with the history of this city: ...
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Blarney Castle

Kissing the Blarney Stone

As the long line of tourists - us included - crept through the ruins of Blarney Castle, I kept shaking my head. Kissing the Blarney Stone has never been on my radar, yet here I am, being herded through the maze of unkempt rooms and twisty narrow staircase up a ...
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Island Garden is a wetlands at Powell Gardens

Playing at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Missouri

We arrived at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Missouri, on a typically hot and humid Midwestern summer day. I had read that there are 915 acres of gardens here: I imagined this massive rolling landscape would be a perfect spot for playing a game of hide-n-seek. But even though the gardens ...
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Ethel M's Botanical Cactus Garden

Eating Chocolates in Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden in Henderson, Nevada

Chocolate might go with almost anything: Wine, fruit, ice cream, coffee -- but cactus? Yet here I am, standing among the cacti eating gourmet chocolates at the botanical garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson, Nevada. An old hollowed out shell of a Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantean) that ...
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