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A quiet place in Singapore

Singapore Chinese Gardens is a nice quiet place in the middle of Singapore

I went from the metro station to the garden. Which was a short walk in a field. Schermafbeelding 2019-10-14 om 18.43.51

Then you come into the park. The first building you see when you walk into the park from this side is a tower. You can go into the tower and find a spiral staircase. I highly recommend you take a deep breath and walk all the way to the top. There you will find a nice view of the city.

When you keep walking you will see the next building a bit more in between the trees and next to the water.

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It is really nice in the garden. Not so busy as the rest of the city.

 

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How does Gardens by the bay improve life in Singapore?

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The park opened in October 2011.

Gardens by the Bay is a park in Singapore that helpt with the strategy to make Singapore a garden city. A city in a garden. The goals is to improve the quality of life. The want to do this with the flora and founa in the city.

This park has futuristic trees that are incredibly high and made out of metal.

Everytime I look at this it makes me want to go back. The gardens looked great during the day. But during the day it was to warm to walk in the sun.

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Amongst the high buildings, the trees are sometimes hidden. Which is incredible to do that with such a height.

Humans are also animals which we tend to forget. We started to live in high buildings amongst other high building. We forgot to implement nature into our cities. I think it is absolutely wonderful that the government in Singapore is trying to bring nature back. The city is also incredibly clean which made me feel great to be there. I live in The Netherlands and here is quite a lot of litter on the ground and next to the roads. If I am honest to myself and you, I am a bit of a germophobe. It does not affect my daily life so it is not so bad. But that is a reason I love Singapore. Even with all the cars and people, it felt really clean.

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Château et Jardins de Canon

Château et Jardins de Canon, a family château like no other.

During our holiday in Normandie, we went here.

It was beautiful, the house was not as big as I thought. When we walked into the house it was a lot smaller than expected. But the best thing about is the garden anyway so it did not really matter.

 

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You start the tour from the south farm. In this farm, you come across the vegetable garden, the bread oven, orangery, cider press, and a bees’ yard.

 

Then you walk to the vase grove. There are various species. The name comes from the design of its paths in the shape of a vase.

After the vase grove, you walk along a lane towards the temple of the mourner. It was built in 1783 in a neo-classical style. J.B. Élie de Beaumont designed in memory of his beloved late wife.

If you are in a wheelchair you might want to skip the wild walk. But you can walk to the ornamental pond. where you have a beautiful view of the château. The pond is the home of carps, trout, roaches, swans, eels, and ducks.

 

Into the woods

When you walk into the woods towards the grand canal you come across a beautiful little waterfall. A little walk along the canal in the shade. You will end up at the chines pavilion that was built in 1781. And underwent restoration work in 2017.

Then my personal favourite part of the garden was the chartreuses. Eleven closed gardens which were called “Fruitiers”. The purpose of these gardens was the grow various kinds of fruit.

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Back to the house

At the Rosiers’ Hall, you mind find some festivities that take place there. This was made to balance out the south farms on the other side.

Then you stand in front of the château. If you go in your mind understand what I meant with “the house was not as big as I thought.” Not that the house is small. It just looked bigger on the outside.

 

 

I do recommend this if you are in the neighborhood.