The Best Flower Displays in the World

Tulip Festivals of British Columbia – Canada

The Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada, is home to a large percentage of Canada’s most fertile land, and much of this valley is given over to the cultivation of tulips. Canada’s association with tulips began in 1945 when the Dutch royal family sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to the Canadian government in thanks for sheltering the Dutch Queen Juliana and her children during the Second World War. Since then, Canadian tulip growers have developed new, hardy varieties that thrive in colder climates. In British Columbia, annual festivals like the Chilliwack Tulip Festival and Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival compete to see who can draw the most visitors.

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Furano – Hokkaido, Japan

Furano, located in the Hokkaido province of Japan, is known around the globe for their amazing rolling hills of flowers. In the winter, the hills are perfect for skiing, but in the summer, they’re given over to brightly colored stems of lavender, blossoms, poppies, and lupins. June to September is the ideal time to visit, but if you’re heading there to explore a particular flower, make sure to note that they all bloom at different times. Furano is a photographer’s dream — the bright fields of flowers are incredibly picturesque against the backdrop of the Tokachi mountain range.

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Chelsea Flower Show – London, England

One of the world’s most spectacular displays of cultivated flowers takes place every year in London, England. The Chelsea Flower Show brings together the best floral designers and gardeners in the world and has been a fixture of British society since 1912. It’s regularly patronized by members of the British Royal Family. Hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, the show features exhibitions by famous horticulturalists, and awards are given out for the top gardens, trees, vegetables, herbs, and floral arrangements. The show is held every year at the end of May, and the public is welcome to attend — general admission starts at $60 USD.

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Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

Mini Guide to South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in the African continent with a population of approximately 56 million people (24th most populous nation). It has a coastline of nearly 2,800 kilometers being part of both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. It has a difficult history of racial segregation (apartheid) and massive inequality, despite having the seventh…

The Best Coffee Roasters in the USA

While it’s true that most coffee beans come from farms in Africa and South America, there are plenty of American coffee roasters who are doing amazing things with these beans and turning them into unique products with a little time, patience, and heat. Today, we’re going to explore the best coffee roasteries in the United States, and how you can find their beans. If you’re a coffee fan, make sure to keep this list handy when you’re planning your next vacation as a bag of freshly-roasted coffee is a great souvenir.