Calm in the City

I would never live anywhere but a city, and a big city at that!  I love the city.  The diversity of things to do, the buzz, the business.  But that doesn’t mean that sometimes you can’t escape the city from within the city!

There is nothing better than city parks as a great way to spend a few hours without having to travel anywhere, or plan a trip away.  That escape could be walking distance or a few tube stops away.

Last weekend, I went to Parque Bicentenario, which is just a few minutes walk from the metro and buses, so it couldn’t be easier to escape the city!
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Parque Bicentenario was created to commemorate Chile’s 200th year of independence, which was celebrated in 2010.  It really is an oasis in the middle of the city that boasts over 4000 trees.DSC05541DSC05538DSC05547And it’s not just about the trees.  I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of nature… DSC05535 DSC05536 DSC05537 DSC05545 DSC05549 DSC05548 DSC05553 DSC05551 DSC05550 DSC05562 DSC05561
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What better way to relax than seeking the shade in a deck chair under a parasol! 
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Where do you escape from the city?

Marcella xx

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26 thoughts on “Calm in the City

  1. I’m closer to the sea, plus my parent’s house is in a coastal suburb of Athens so I like to escape there especially during the summer months! This park looks beautiful! I wish we had big parks inside Athens. We have only one that used to be the palace’s garden.

  2. That looks gorgeous. Like you, I’m a city girl, but luckily live in London where there are plenty parks and green areas. Epping Forest must be my favourite.

  3. That park looks amazing! I can’t believe it has flamingoes in it! I like the metalwork men on bikes the best though. They look like they’re having fun 🙂 I find a walk in the countryside centres me like nothing else – as much green as possible and I’m all set.

  4. I escape from the city by going to an area called the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is full of high cliffs, coves and great trails. It is hard to think the area is located about 20 miles from Los Angeles.

  5. What a lovely park to have in the middle of the city! In my hometown we have a huge park as well. It’s great for running, picnics, or just a nice stroll on the weekend! Ps., I love that photo of the bike statue/thingy! So cool.

  6. I love big parks in the middle of the city, and parque bicentenario looks like a good one.. p.s. Mexico celebrated both the 200th anniversary of its Independence and 100th anniversary of its Revolution in 2010 too!

  7. Cities with great park systems are the best! We live in a small Bavarian town now, so we just walk ten minutes away from our home, and we’re in a forest. 🙂 But while in Paris, I love all the parks, and it’s so wonderful to see a place like that in Chile, too! Thanks for linking up with us!

  8. This park looks great! Can’t believe there are even flamingos! How come I didn’t know about this when I was there, haha. I’ve always thought that I wasn’t a city girl, but lately, I’m starting to like big cities more. I do appreciate the abundance of things to do and variety of food options. And it’s nice to have a park to escape to too!

  9. omg, what a park… and that it’s inside a big city makes it even more fascinating 🙂 I can see what you mean that you go to new places, even in the city you live in, to draw inspiration from… thank you so much, Marcella 🙂

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