Christchurch, the Garden City

Christchurch, the Garden City

Christchurch has always been known as The Garden City, a tribute to its many green spaces. Today, when so much of the centre remains devastated by the 2011 earthquake, the parks are even more in demand, an essential amenity for all kinds of leisure activity. The Parks...
Springtime in Tokyo’s Shinjuku National Garden

Springtime in Tokyo’s Shinjuku National Garden

According to ancient tradition, Spring in Japan begins at the start of February. We had seen people with their cameras, eagerly snapping pictures of early narcissi, but this did not stop the snow from tumbling down. The snow was still on the ground when we visited the...
A Peaceful Interlude at Pisa’s Botanic Gardens

A Peaceful Interlude at Pisa’s Botanic Gardens

Even at the end of October Pisa is hot and packed with tourists. But the Botanic Gardens were cool and shady, and we had the place to ourselves. A Garden of Simples I’d been wanting to visit these gardens for years. Founded in 1543 as a ‘Garden of Simples’, or...