I’m a city-livin’ apartment dweller, so I don’t really have a garden to speak of. I have a nice deck that affords me awesome city views, but the weather up here in the Twin Peaks section of San Francisco where I live is sometimes too cool, windy and foggy to grow anything but the heartiest of plants, especially in the summer.
So to get my green garden kicks I live vicariously through city parks. And my hands-down favorite is Sydney’s beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, a massive greenspace that encompasses 30-hectare (approximately 70 acres) of prime Sydney real estate, so close to the downtown CBD district it’s almost part of it. Fun fact: it was originally opened way back in 1816 and it once had a zoo!
It’s easy to get lost as you wander the lush walkways of this magnificent park, but should that happen, just look around. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge are almost always in view! And don’t forget to take your shoes off. It’s the only park I know of that actually invites you to walk on the grass.
Now, I’m usually a guy on the go, especially when I’m visiting Sydney, but the beauty and peacefulness of the garden is enough to have me cooling my jets, kicking off my shoes and shirt, laying my butt down in that perfect grass, pulling up my camera bag to use as a pillow, and taking a nice snooze … right in the middle of the afternoon!
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