On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada is the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. While in Victoria during the summer we took a forty-five minute bus ride from the town centre north to the gardens. It was raining upon arrival, but that just added to the beauty we saw. I’ll let the pictures and various gardens and colors speak for themselves. Chess anyone?!
There is more floral and colorful beauty then you can imagine at this hundred year old family owned gardens. Throughout you’ll find activities like fireworks, concerts, ice skating and more no matter the season. Being there in the evening we had the chance to experience the gardens in daylight and darkness, each giving off a different, beautiful feel.
Checkout the Butchart Gardens website. They are in the middle of The Magic of Christmas right now. From what I have heard from others, it’s a must visit during the holiday season. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Are there any other gardens you would recommend seeing that you have come across in your travels?
Posted in Canada, Road Trip, travel, Victoria
Tagged botanical gardens, British Columbia, Butchart Gardens, Canada, gardens, romantic, Vancouver Island, Victoria
It’s summer. Your along the lake shore. You’re at the beach. You see a park bench overlooking both. You’re in a big city. You might be at this romantic park bench spot at Oak Street Beach along Lake Michigan in Chicago. A beautiful, relaxing place.
During a walk from Oak Street Beach and the lake shore to Grant Park in Chicago recently I came across Lake Shore Park on E. Chicago Avenue. I gravitated to the park bench in front of me to soak in a little of Chi-town. The park, a baseball diamond and a staple of the skyline, John Hancock Center, all straight ahead!
I was on a Ohio day trip along Lake Erie enjoying being out on the open road along water. Something kept catching the eye at every turn? Park benches! It doesn’t seem to matter where they sit, the area around them is beautiful and today was no exception.
I first came across this one where the Portage River flows into Lake Erie. Looking to the right you can see the Great Lake and to your left, as pictured here, downtown Port Clinton. It was early in the day so lots of boats were heading out.
Within Catawba Island State Park a park bench sits evenly between two trees with Lake Erie straight ahead. Thank goodness no one was ruining the view I had by sitting at the picnic tables haha.
Around the docks within the same state park, provided an unobstructed view out to the west. Just the park bench, you and the blue sky and Lake Erie waters.
In East Harbor State Park in Marblehead you’re facing east now at the same beautiful Lake Erie and shoreline.
One thing about the park benches facing Lake Erie or any water, you can’t grab shot of you with it as a back drop. That’s why it’s good sometimes to see park benches facing away like this one out at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and…
…another there was facing the famous lighthouse itself.
Along Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky provided a glimpse of this Great Lake, looking straight north. Got the reminder not to feed the birds or pigeons. There were a lot along the shoreline today. 🙂
It was a great day trip navigating along this part of the Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio. I found myself some scenic places to rest and capture the scene on park benches. Well time to get off the bench and back out onto the open road!
What is your favorite scene that you’ve checked out from the comforts of a park bench? What keeps catching your eye in your travels that you love capturing?
Posted in day trip, Ohio, Road Trip, travel
Tagged Catawba Island, day trip, Lake Erie, Marblehead, Ohio, park benches, Port Clinton, road trip, romantic, Sandusky
Your on a park bench. Your up-top a hill and cliff. You’re in San Francisco. You’re in California. Your sitting where San Francisco Bay flows into the Pacific Ocean. It’s nearing sunset. The Golden Gate Bridge is within view. It doesn’t get much better and romantic then this spot at Land’s End, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.