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California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, Ca

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California Academy of Sciences

(1) 415.379.8000
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
USA

www.calacademy.org

OPEN HOURS:
9:30 –   17:00   Monday – Saturday
11:30 –   17:00   Sunday

Directly across from the De Young Museum by the Golden Park is the LEED certified  California Academy of Scenes.  This is one fantastic science museum – an edifice of light !  Iconically supporting a 2.5 acre green roof, with solar panels bordering its numerous Skylights.  Designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano (he of the impressively new 2015  Whitney Museum in NYC).

This magnificent structure houses the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart aquarium, the Morrison planetarium AND a tropical forest habitat!

The reptile collection is worth coming alone – even if just for Claude the albino alligator!

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Big Sur – California

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The Big Sur Coast

Big Sur is a beautiful, rugged 100-mile stretch on California’s central coast, running between Carmel and San Simeon.

The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”,  and invokes images full of winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty ocean.

Well – you’re mental images deserve to visit the stunning vistas!  Big Sur is just one of the many pleasures that California has to offer;  one of the things I can recommend easily to to drive US Route 1 between San francisco and Los Angles.

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Jardin Botánico del Quindío – Armenia, Colombia

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Jardin Botánico del Quindío

(57) 67427254
(57) 310 404 5223
Avenida Centenario 15-190, Kilómetro 3 Vía al Valle
Calarcá Quindío, Colombia

www.jardinbotanicoquindio.org

OPEN HOURS:
10:00am – 5:00pm
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The Botanical Gardens in Quindio, Colombia is small and special.  The entire space covers 15 hectares (36 acres) of which only 3 hectares (7.2 Acres) are open for  public visits. This is a lovely theme in Colombian parks.  Their main goal is to conserve, such that a large portion of parkland is set aside and not available for public access.

Walking the winding paths through the forests one can identify (with the help of the cheery, knowlegable guides) many species of palm trees.  Colombia has the second largerst diversity of palms in the world with 235 known varieties.  At the garden in Quindio, you can enjoy 150 of these species spread though the forest.

Another Botanical attraction is the wide assortment of ferns, giving the park its Jurassic feel.  Ferns are the most ancient of plants on earth; so old that they predate seeds, and reproduce with spores.  They are everywhere at the botanical garden from smaller ground dwellers to the arboreal, tree-like, ferns.  The Heliconias or birds of paradise, is another species demonstrating its wide variation, with 71 species are on display.

The main selling point of the garden is the Mariposario – or butterfly house.  This net structure is built in the shape of a butterfly and is home to an array of surprisingly friendly butterflies.  If you go slow and gentle, you can easily have one of the large Owl butterflies as your ride-along companion.

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What makes this particular garden wonderful is its mix of accessibility and wildness.  The paths are clear, but minimal, outlined with Guadua taken from the fallen stalks that decorate the forest.  The local Guadua – a species of bamboo native to the region and the strongest in the world – has its complete life cycle on full display.  With visible specimens ranging from young sprouts  to full adulthood.  Interestingly, The Guadua achieves its full high within the first 6 months of its life and can vary between 5 – 30 meters in height and a diameter  between 2 -22 cm.  As the  the guadua reaches towards its full height, it sheds its a paper-like skin along the way.  As they age, the stalks slant over and decompose creating a geometric pattern throughout the forest. The guadua also performs an amazing water purifying process.  Each morning it absorbs water from its surroundings and then releases it purified and perfect that at dusk!

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Other interesting spots adorn the park, such as the small, camouflaged bird-watching cabin; with simple seating and one-way glass, overlooking a beautiful garden where fresh fruits attract the colorful local birds.  There is also a fun suspension bridge over a deep gully, a mini-maze and one of the region’s popular lookout towers.

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