Butchart Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Butchart Gardens are a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island in Canada. Robert Pim Butchart (1856-1943), who worked in the industrialization of cement, stood with his wife on Vancouver Island. They had a quarry on Tod cove at the foot of the Saanich Peninsula on the island and in 1904, they added a saltwater pond, a bowling alley, tennis courts and an orgue. Jennie, his wife, two years later created a Japanese garden with the help of designer Isaburo Kishida. In 1909, the quarry was exhausted and Jennie decided to turn it into a sunken garden. They chose the name of their property ‘Benvenuto’ and they began to receive visitors arriving in boats. After a few years the tennis courts has been replaced by an Italian garden and the vegetable garden has been transformed into a roserie. There we find many varied flowers, shrubs, fountains, statues and a carousel. A high quality food and entertainment service are completed the sculpted gardens. There are five gardens:  the Sunken garden, the Rose garden, the Japanese garden, the Italian garden and the Mediterranean garden. They usually receive over a million visitors a year.

Tips

If you visit the gardens in July or August, you will find a lot of visitors so if you want to make beautiful pictures without so many people go early in the morning at the opening (9:00).
Note that if you are a smoker, you must comply with the restriction of no smoking and go only on both areas intended for it.

 

Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is a city in Argentina. It is the capital of the province of Mendoza, the fourth largest urban area of the country . It is located at the foot of the Andes, closer from Chile than from Buenos Aires. Best known for its vineyards all around but also because it’s a stopover for all sports in the Andes (ski, climbing, trekking…).
The city of Mendoza is located in one of the most beautiful oasis created by man. The 500 km of irrigation canals  that traverse the city give life to thick woods and beautiful green areas. The city is the administrative, commercial and cultural  centre of the province. Mendoza offers various forms of recreation: cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, discos and a dynamic trade. You will also find a large number of cafés, pubs, tearooms, and excellent restaurants serving from  the typical Argentinian meat to the most  sophisticated dishes of the international cuisine.
 
 
Tips
 
Mendoza has one of the best combinations of areas, vineyards, stately and sunny landscapes. This is the heart of the Argentinian viticulture. In Mendoza, Luján and Maipú are the regions which have a lot of wineries who develop the best Malbec  in the world, they offer a range of activities to know the local viticulture, tasting the famous wines and visiting its manufacturers, all accompanied by an excellent regional and international cuisine.
Don’t miss the thermal baths, not far from Mendoza, several hotels offer pools in stone that capture natural springs of warm waters between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius,  relaxation guaranteed.

Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Florida, United States

Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city in the State of Florida, the United States, on the Atlantic coast. It is part of the Miami metropolitan area; the city extends from North to South on the coastal strip (Fort Lauderdale Beach) on approximately 11 km and swampy coastal plain to the West of the intracostal canal on near 8 km. It is crossed by a dense network of waterways and canals which were mostly dug at the beginning of the 20th century to drain the original wetlands and allow urban development. Through these channels, the city became an important centre of boating with over a hundred marinas. The proximity of the Bahamas and the Caribbean make a place of passage and stopover for large pleasure boats. It receives more than 10 million tourists annually. It enjoys a tropical climate with mild and dry winters and stormy and wet summers with an average temperature of 18 ° C. Fort Lauderdale has 250 days of sunshine a year. The city centre along Las Olas Boulevard has skyscrapers, luxury hotels, shops, restaurants and art galleries that attract a large audience.

Tips

From early June to late November, the risks of hurricanes are high.
During the months of December, January and February, you can also have a few cold days with temperatures that can drop to 4 degrees and which don’t arrive more than 15 degrees but it’s just a few days a year.
Fort Lauderdale it is especially the sea and the beach then you will have all the activities which are linked as scuba diving, jet – skiing, fishing, etc.
It is an easy city to get around by public transport; There’s the Sun Trolley, making all the downtown or the buses that leave every 30 minutes.
Another nice way to discover the city is to take a water taxi which tours the canal and allows you to see the magnificent villas that arrive at a few million dollars.
If you like shopping, visit Sawgrass Mills, which is the largest mall in Florida (at about 10 km).
If you like the boats, do not miss the Nautical International Salon, which takes place at the end of October as one of the most important in the world. There are more than 120,000 visitors per year.