Prado Gardens, Talavera de la Reina, Spain

Prado Gardens is a historical heritage of Talavera de la Reina surrounding the Basilica which gives them their name. We find a mixture of different European and Arab styles with a predominance of French-style garden. Its design and construction was made in 1864 but obviously there have been renovations and restorations. At the origin the Prado was the meeting place and walk around the city. We notice the Arabic and Moorish influence in the decor with the use of bricks and ceramics from Talavera; for example, in the construction of public toilets, we see that they are of Arabic origin. Among the most important monuments we find the Fountain of the frogs, the Temple of Music, the lake known as the home of ducks where we can see some cages with birds and pheasants; the monument to the mother, among others. In the park Alameda, which is an extension of the Prado Gardens, we can see artistic ceramics bridges. Ceramic is present even in banks.

Tips

In the Temple of Music there are shows during the summer.
You can go by bus from central Madrid.

Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada

Sandbanks Provincial Park is a park just 4 hours from Montreal and 3 hours from Toronto, located in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The Sandbanks dunes are 25 meters jutting into Lake Ontario at the jetty of the St. Lawrence River. Saffron sand, disorient you and the experience is full of wealth of local products of Prince Edward County. Sandbanks is a favorite provincial park for campers for its sandy hills teeming with plants and beautiful landscape. The white mobile sand dunes are among the biggest barrier beaches on the planet. You have three beautiful beaches, swimming marries water sports. This is a popular habitat by the “lizards” humans as by many species, which makes it all the more attractive park. Here you will find hiking trails that allow you to experience the dune and wetland habitats of the park.

Tips

Outlet Beach is perfect for families, with its shallow waters and gently sloping shore.
In spring and autumn, this park is ideal for seeing migrating birds.
In summer there is a daily interpretive program for the whole family.
Prince Edward County is known for having a lot of tracks for cycling.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

Antelope Canyon is one of the best-known and most photographed gorges of the southwest of the United States. Located in Northern Arizona, beside Lake Powell, in the reserve of the Navajo Nation. It
consists of two separate gorges, the Upper Antelope Canyon (above) and the Lower Antelope Canyon (below). The canyon can only be visited in guided tours, in part because there could be unexpected rains that can quickly flood it. The guide takes you in a 4 x 4 following the bed of an ancient river till the entrance of the fault about 5 kilometres from the 98 road linking Page to Kayenta. The visit lasts about an hour following the throat over one kilometre. Both faults have a similar aesthetic quality. The Upper Antelope Canyon is most visited because it is larger and its access is easy; on the other side, Lower Antelope’s admission is smaller and wide and you must come in through metal stairs put in place by the Navajos so visitors are fewer. The Upper Antelope Canyon varies from 2 to 3 metres wide and 400 metres long. Lower Antelope Canyon is long, narrow and present significant differences of levels. Unfortunately, on August 12th , 1997, eleven people were killed by a flash flood in the Lower Antelope Canyon.

Tips

Sports shoes are required to make visits.
To visit the Lower Canyon, you can reach the parking which is very close and you can go on foot. Note that a physical fitness is also important for this visit.
It is not necessary to make a reservation but it is suitable to arrive early if you want to visit the two gorges. As soon as you arrive, make the reservation for the Upper Canyon and in the meantime you can visit the Lower Canyon with the same ticket .
As the position of the sun is very important for the colors and shadows of the gorges, the best time to visit them is around noon.