Most Beautiful City Parks in the World

Take a break from the city and explore the park

Parks offer us an escape from the city life. Not only are they a great place to explore because they're beautiful, but they're also free! Here are some of the most beautiful parks to check out on your journeys.

Ueno Park: Tokyo, Japan

A spacious park was established 1873 alongside the Sumida River in Taitō, Tokyo. The main attraction for this park is the cherry blossom bloom every spring. The park is very busy during the blooms with Hanami parties; translated as "flower viewing" the Japanese traditionally have parties under the sakura trees but this can also mean walking under them. When the trees aren't blooming there is still a lot to do with various museums in the park along with a zoo, theater, street markets, boat rides on the river, and many temples, shrines, and pavilions.

Central Park: New York City, USA

Created by Frederick Law Olmsed and Calvert Vaux in 1857, Central Park is the most visited city park in the United States and one of the most filmed locations in the whole world. Olmsted was not a believer in perfectly sculpted parks but instead wanted to blend his landscaping in with nature. All of the lakes, ponds, and walking trails blend in with the surrounding environment and balance the large lawns, meadows, and wooded areas. The park also hides many man made structures such as theaters, Belvedere Castle, a Swedish cottage, the famous carousel, and all of that is just a taste of what lies in the massive Central Park.

Golden Gate Park: San Francisco, USA

Created in 1870 from "the Outside Lands" made up of sandy soil in San Francisco this park was built up from nothing. Today the park is a glorious sight full of trees that were planted to hold together the unstable ground. Attractions of the park range from the Academy of Sciences, the De Young Museum, the music concourse featuring a ampitheater, a Japanese tea garden, and more. A touching monument to AIDS victims sits in the park amongst its many different gardens.

Beihai Park: Beijing, China

Beihai Park was first built in the 11th century as a former imperial garden in the Northwest of the Imperial City of Beijing. The park has only been open to the public since 1925 and houses many historical palaces and temples. There are many attractions which showcase Chinese architecture and artistry like the White Pagoda which stands 40 meters high, the Buddhist Temple Yong'an on the Qionghua Island, the Five-Dragons Pavilion, the colorful Nine-Dragon Wall painting, the Circular City, and so much more. There are different parts of the garden that are inspired by the landscape of various Chinese regions. With the popular tourist site of the Forbidden City close by, this park should not be missed.

Hyde Park: London, England

Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks that connect Kensington and Buckingham Palace. This park was established in 1536 by Henry VIII to create hunting grounds. Hyde Park is split in half by Serpentine and the Long Water. The park features sport facilities, rose gardens, the Princess Diana memorial, restaurants and cafes, and many subway stops to help get you where you need to go. Hyde Park has a long history as a sight for demonstrations and marches. The Speaker's Corner is a popular tourist sight that has been associated with free speech since 1872. More recently the park is associated with large concerts that have featured well known artists like Pink Floyd, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and The Rolling Stones.

Englischer Garten: Munich, Germany

German for "English Garden" the park features informal and natural looking English landscaping. Created in 1789 by Elector Carl Theodor it was an army man who laid out this park. Larger than Central Park it features sport fields, a pavilion atop a hill, a Japanese teahouse, an artificial island, and many German beer gardens. This park is so vast in size that there are many activities to partake in and a lot of nature to explore. If you are in the mood to ditch those clothes and the weather is nice there are some more remote areas in the northern part of the park that is popular with nudists. If nudity isn't your scene then check out the surfers that practice on an artificial wave and can be found throughout the year in both sun and snow.

Jardins de Tuileries: Paris, France

Resting in the shadow of the Louvre Palace, the Tuileries were once the royal gardens. Originally from 1564, but re-landscaped in 1664 to their modern French formal garden style the gardens feature elegant pathways weaving their way along the flower beds, shaded by the trees. A popular destination the Tuileries make up part of the main tourist pathway of Paris by connecting the Louvre museum to the Place de Concorde. There are two ponds that are usually surrounded by people talking, sunbathing, eating, and relaxing. In the summertime there is a type of carnival set up featuring food stands, rides, and a Ferris wheel offering the most beautiful view of Paris.

Lumpini: Bangkok, Thailand

Created in the 1920s by the king of Thailand, King Rama VI, this park offers some views of nature in an otherwise dense city. The most popular attraction is their man made lake where many people choose to rent boats to take out on the water. Lumpini is a great place to come to explore the cuisine of Bangkok because of the large number of food stalls offering up the local cuisine. If you visit early enough you are likely to see a large amount of people practicing t'ai chi in the bright morning air.

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Know What Type of Wine To Choose

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Know How Much You're Willing To Spend

It's no secret that a penchant for wine can become an expensive hobby. If you're just getting into the idea, don't waste your time or money with the extremely pricey bottles. A good place to start looking for decent bottles of wine is somewhere between the $10 and $30 price range. This will keep you from buying something too low quality without breaking your bank in the process.

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A good bottle of wine will often give tasting notes right on the bottle. Because everyone's palette is different, you may not get the same notes when you try the wine, but it's a good place to start. Choose something with tasting notes that you already enjoy like berries or cocoa and try to see if you get any hints of that as you drink. The labels may also tell you about the wine's acidity, or how tart it is, and the wine's body, or the way it feels in your mouth.

A beginner's guide to picking a bottle of wine can only go so far without being overwhelming. The next part of your wine journey will need to be undertaken on your own. Try various types of wine and see what tastes best to you—that's what wine is really all about.

Distillery tours went on hiatus in 2020, but there are high hopes for 2021. While bourbon leaps immediately to mind when thoughts turn to distillery tours, interest in other spirits and how they're made is increasing. Here are a few of the best tours to thrill tequila lovers.

Tequila Herradura

Ride in style on the Herradura Express, a distillery sponsored train ride that runs from Guadalajara to the town of Amatitán for a distillery tour and tastings, followed by lunch featuring live entertainment. The train then takes visitors back to Guadalajara by evening. Herradura is housed in the last tequila-producing Hacienda in the world, Hacienda San Jose del Refugio. Casa Herradura will be closed for visits and tours until Mexican health officials declare the coronavirus emergency over.

La Rojeña

Producer of Jose Cuervo, La Rojeña has a train of its own called the Jose Cuervo Express (currently on hiatus due to COVID-19) to bring visitors to the oldest distillery in the town of Tequila. Jose Cuervo offers distillery tours, tastings, and tours of the agave fields. Mundo Cuervo (Cuervo world) also has its own hotel, Solar de las Animas. Check for COVID-19 hours and restrictions before booking.

Casa Sauza

Founded in 1873, Casa Sauza offers four levels of tours including a visit to the La Perseverancia distillery, a visit to the Quinta Sauza estate, and for those willing to spend more, barrel tastings and a barbeque or a three-course meal. Casa Sauza is on hiatus until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, but should go on the distillery tour bucket list.

La Cofradia

The only tequila distillery with a hotel inside, La Cofradia offers many experiences in addition to distillery tours. Choose a hike through natural trails, biking, or horseback riding through the agave fields. Rooms made of giant tequila barrels sit among the agave plants for a unique stay. Visiting La Cofradia is sure to be a tour that thrills tequila lovers. Contact the hotel directly for information about lockdown closures.

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That's why our editors decided to take it upon themselves and spread some delight with seasonal meals, courtesy of HelloFresh. For those who don't know what HelloFresh is, it's a meal-kit delivery service with dozens of easy-to-prepare recipes to choose from. Simply select which meals you want as well as how many servings and a neatly organized cardboard box will arrive at your doorstep within the week. Nobody wants to go out in the Winter anyway, and with HelloFresh, you don't have to!

To celebrate the arrival of the coldest season, we decided to highlight some of our favorite (and heartiest) recipes from HelloFresh that are perfect for the Holiday season. Here are five wholesome and balanced meals that will warm you up in no time.

Veggie Loaded Kale & Risoni Soup

A hearty and warm soup is a Winter staple and this veggie loaded kale and risoni soup from HelloFresh absolutely hits it out of the park. All anybody wants during the colder months is to feel cozy and nurtured--just like the flavorful bowl of nutrients. Warm and creamy risoni compliments the seasonal veggies perfectly and the side of garlic bread is a sure-fire cure for any winter blues. With 22 meals to pick from each week, this one is sure to be a household favorite.

Cheesy Red Pesto Chicken Melts

Everyone is familiar with classic green pesto, but have you ever tried red pesto? Red pesto offers way more complexity and oomph than its green counterpart. It is incredibly bright with rich notes of umami, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil and garlic. This rendition also features hits of chargrilled capsicum for a little extra zest. You get the exact amount of each ingredient and seasoning, as well as super detailed recipe cards, that make meal prep a breeze. Spread it over a glistening chicken bread and sprinkle with cheese for delectable chicken melts.

Winter Risotto

Risotto is a great winter warmer. It's packed full of veggies so your body will light up like fire, but it's also silky, sumptuous and a real crowd pleaser. HelloFresh's Winter Risotto features a heart helping of kale that pairs perfectly with nutty Parmesan and crunchy walnuts for a robust taste. Did we mention that it also comes with fennel seeds sprinkled throughout? This unique seasoning adds a distinctive, yet delicious flavor to this classic winter staple. We know these meals are pretty hardy, which is why we love having the option to pause our subscription or cancel a week when need be.

Cheat's Italian Pork & Veggie Bolognese

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Smokey Mild Chorizo & Bean Chilli

Yet another clever twist on a weekday favorite! The paprika and garlic flavored cured sausage is a staple in our chopping baskets since it goes well with practically anything. Not only is Chorizo loved for its taste, but also for its ability to infuse sauces with its tantalizing flavor. This time around, HelloFresh has decided to spice up a classic bowl of bean chili with Spanish styling of a smokey mild chorizo. The end result? A mix of chorizo, red kidney beans, corn and avocado, and an irresistible flavor that everyone will love. This is just one of dozens of unique HelloFresh recipes you won't find anywhere else!

Gone are the days of trekking through the frigid cold just for a few groceries. Sign-up for HelloFresh today and get your ingredients delivered right to your doorstep. Time to start cozying up the right way, with a delicious meal and a nice cup of hot cocoa.

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