Sunday, March 27, 2011

Parc Pheonix Nice

If you are interested in Nature and flowers then a visit to Parc Pheonix is must.
Parc Pheonix is a combination of landscaped gardens, tropical greenhouse and menagerie rolled into one.
The landscape garden is split into regional areas containing interesting plants and meandering paths, with a large lake and fountains taking centre stage. The main lawn is edged with seasonal flower borders which give a colourful lift. In spring, the flower beds abound with daffodils, tulips and numerous other spring flowering plants.
Spring borders Parc Pheonix

The greenhouse is divided into 7 tropical regions with some beautiful and rare plants, including a large collection of rare orchids and ferns. Turtles, alligators, fish and flamingoes also find a home here. See if you can spot the chameleons and iguanas in the reptile house. An aquarium has fish and interesting insects.
Here are some photos to give you a taste of the variety of plants on show
Tropical greenhouse beauties

Outside, the animals include various birds - cranes, parrots, owls, black swans, pelicans to name but a few. Another feature of the park is a musical fountain.
I will add another blog showing photos of the animals in the nex couple of days.

There is enough to keep both adults and children entertained for a few hours including a childrens play ground where you can rest while the kids run off some energy. We often go - I love looking at and photograhing the flowers and we often take our grand daughter as she enjoys seeing the flowers, animals and playing in the playground.

Situated at the beginning of the Promenade opposite the airport, it is easily accessable by bus (Nos. 9, 10, 2) or by using the blue bikes.
Hours are 9:30 to 19:30 April to September, 9:30 à 18:00 October to March.
Entrance fee is 2€ for adults and free for children.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Nice botanical garden

I have been living in the area for nearly six years and I have never visited the botanical garden. Last September I took the plunge and went visiting on a lovely sunny afternoon.

It's a little unfair to give a review of the garden in September after a very dry summer, as most plants are dormant here until the rain starts, usually towards the end of September, beginning of October. But, nevertheless I did manage to get some nice shots of the flora.

The garden is small by international standards and it doesn't take long to walk around it. It concentrates on Mediterranean plants and is divided into the different Mediterranean habitats - showcasing the plants of those areas.
Here  are some photos taken during my visit.

There are some nice views across to the surrounding hills from the top of the gardens. The garden is well worth a visit and a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
 I look forward to revisiting it in the spring.
Access by Bus :
Line 73, station Jardin Botanique (Except sunday and holidays)
Line 8, (n°6, sunday and holidays) terminus "les Casernes", then,
15 minutes walk by the avenue Lois Cappatti.
Nice Botanic Gardens website