Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday: Porto Botanical Garden, Portugal (Part I)

Oops, I did it again.
I had this post ready for publishing and forgot to click the orange button. Anyway...

When we think of Autumn we think of golden and crimson woods and crisp air. But that is not exactly the case here in northwestern Portugal. In fact, it's such a weird transition. One day you're sweating in shorts and tee; the next, the rain comes to make you fetch some warm socks and that coat you hadn't worn for at least half an year. It rains for almost an entire month, until you decide to forgive the heat and wish Summer to come back. Then, when it finally stops raining, the freeze comes. It's hard to get out of your oh-so-warm-and-comfy bed in the morning, and leaving the house without at least three layers of clothing is an invite to flu. And, when you step out the door and take a good look around for the first time in weeks, you notice the almost nude trees and only then you realize Winter is almost upon us!

These pictures were taken around a Moon ago. It was one of those rainy days, but I was craving for some pathwalking (not the shamanistic type of pathwalking but literally walking) and dozing away from my everyday life.

The Porto Botanical Garden was created in 1951 on the former manor of João Henrique Andresen. Andresen had acquired the property in 1895 and turned its outer spaces into a romantic garden, where the celebrated portuguese writer Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen spent most of her childhood. This is where she found inspiration for some of her books, like "The Bronze Boy" (O Rapaz de Bronze) and "The Forest" (A Floresta). The Bronze Boy actually came out from the fountain depicted in the fifth picture below.

In time, the property of the Porto Botanical Garden was greatly diminished especially due to urban development, but what I've showed today is only a very small part of it. There's still a rosary, an arboretum, a succulent garden, a small lake... you would need at least an entire morning to walk around and actually see all the amazing places of this Garden. It might not be the most spectacular green space in Porto, but it's indeed an enchanted place, so I'll make sure to bring some more in time! 
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1 comment:

  1. que jardim lindoooo! se algum dia me perder pelo Porto, já sei onde ir ;)
    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming


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