Gardens — An Amazing Part of Travel

It’s no secret that I really do love to travel, and these days I’m doing a lot of it by speaking on cruise ships. Here it is the first day of June, and I’ve spoken on four cruises with seven more booked for the rest of this year. There’s no question that I’m visiting many amazing places and seeing lots of fabulous sights. Please read down to the end of this article for a link to 55 of the most amazing botanical gardens in the world!

Many of us spend our time in museums when we go places, and they’re a great place to revisit history, view awesome artwork, or even seek indoor shelter on a hot or a rainy day. Another venue to consider is a garden. On our recent set of cruises in Southeast Asia, we did visit the Glover Gardens in Nagasaki, Japan — a couple photos are below; the gardens are included in this posting from two months ago.

A year ago we went on a 19-day road trip, and one of our stops was in Palm Desert, California. While there, our host John took us to visit the Living Desert, a botanic garden where native animals and plants all co-exist in natural environments. The children we saw there really enjoyed feeding carrots to the giraffes. A couple photos are below, and here is the link to last year’s article.

For a great resource on some of the most amazing botanical gardens in the world — I’ve been to a few of them — I highly recommend that you check out this article from Sproutabl (www.sproutabl.com), a lawn and garden blog that aims to help people learn about all kinds of gardening, lawn care practices, and plant care. The article is 55 Stunning Botanical Gardens You Really Need to See Before You DieCLICK HERE for the link. If you like gardens, you’re sure to like this quick-and-easy reference to these amazing gardens — please let me know what you think!


Happy Travels!
Stuart



Stuart Gustafson is America’s International Travel Expert® who speaks on cruise ships, writes novels, sends out an infrequent newsletter (almost every month!), is an avid TripAdvisor reviewer, and loves everything about travel. Visit his website at www.stuartgustafson.com. You can also connect with him and other travelers on his International Travel Expert page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/International-Travel-Expert-147321228683651/


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Photo Tour of “The Living Desert”

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a desert botanical garden and a zoo located in Palm Desert, California — visit its website www.livingdesert.org/. I was there recently while on a 17-day road trip, and I had a great guided tour conducted by a local who is also a 40+ year friend. Here are some of the many photos I took while there, and I’ll keep the words to a minimum. Enjoy the photos!


Huge train exhibit
Huge train exhibit
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Metallic Sculptures
Metallic Sculptures
Five of their Reticulated Giraffes
Five of their Reticulated Giraffes
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It's a long way down to the water!
It’s a long way down to the water!
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Greater Kudu -- coexisting with the giraffes
Greater Kudu — coexisting with the giraffes
Ankole Cattle -- mighty long horns!!!
Ankole Cattle — mighty long horns!!!
Sculpture of African Warthog (the real ones were hiding in the corner)
Sculpture of African Warthog (the real ones were hiding in the corner)
East African Crowned Crane
East African Crowned Crane
Yellow-Billed Stork
Yellow-Billed Stork
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The cactus seems to be tired!
The cactus seems to be tired!
Arabian Oryx
Arabian Oryx
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
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I hope you enjoyed “The Living Desert” photo tour. I have many more photos and videos — let me know if you’d like to use any of them.


Stuart Gustafson is America’s International Travel Expert® who speaks on cruise ships, writes novels, sends out a monthly newsletter, and loves everything about travel. Visit his website at www.stuartgustafson.com. You can also connect with him and other travelers on his International Travel Expert page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/International-Travel-Expert-147321228683651/


All information and images copyright © 2016 by Stuart Gustafson Productions, LLC. America’s International Travel Expert is a U.S. Registered Trademark of Stuart Gustafson Productions, LLC.




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