Hama Rikyu Gardens

skyscrapers and pond

The Hama Rikyu Gardens are an oasis of calm in Tokyo. The contrast between the gardens and the surrounding skyscrapers is startling.

Botanic Gardens

flagstone path

We debated between Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanic Gardens and decided why not both? The Botanic Gardens were calm and free.

Floral Fantasy

floral dragon

Floral Fantasy is about flower arrangements. Elaborate flower arrangements. If I had to miss one thing at Gardens by the Bay, it would be this.

Flower Dome

dragon with ball

The Flower Dome is part of Gardens by the Bay. You need to purchase a ticket for it. It focuses on plants from a Mediterranean climate.

Cloud Forest

mist in dome

The Cloud Forest dome is part of Gardens by the Bay. You need to purchase a ticket for it. It’s a magical place and worth the price.

Gardens by the Bay

flowers and city skyline

Gardens by the Bay is one of the things that drew me to Singapore and was a highlight of our visit. It was worth the price of admission to all the extras.

Boboli Gardens

Boboli main entrance

The Boboli Gardens offer green space near the center of the city and good city overlooks.

Villa Melzi

gazebo on lakeshore

We’d planned on visiting Villa Carlotta by boat but after learning about Villa Melzi when we arrived we chose to go there instead. That allowed us to visit both Varenna and the villa, and on a day when rain was forecasted so we didn’t want to travel too far.