The grounds of the museum were the old hunting domain of the Count of Brabant. The wonderfully maintained lakes and meadows and the tranquility of the place were well known during the time. The palace that houses the museum in the Flemish town of Tervuren was built by Leopold II and is notable for its size, it is really big. The museum closes early, at five or six in the afternoon, depending on the day. So if you're like me and usually late, at least you can enjoy the beautiful parks and woods that surround the building.
This park is named after a Citadel that was constructed in the same place, after the fall of Napoleon. This citadel had to give up their land for the creation of the park in the year 1913 as part of the Universal Exhibition. Currently we can find in its field the museum of contemporary and fine art. It looks a bit bleak but it is a quite relaxing and good for taking a walk.
I spent a week in Antwerp, and I've never been in a city with so much light. Some of my pictures were overexposed as a result! One of the most interesting parts is the botanical garden that was the main source of medicinal herbs used in the St Elizabeth hospital during the Middle Ages. With over 2000 different plant species, this green space has become one of the most popular spots for relaxation in the city. It also caught my eye for its statues, showing a man going down into the centre of the earth. Dazzling.
From what I could find, this is the only park in the city of Mechelen. It is at least the most famous and you can see ancient trees as you walk around. The park is not too big if you are looking to rest on a bench or have a picnic. Mind you if they exit the south, you can see an old water mill ... But you have to pay attention and look carefully!
A few metres from the Grand Place, the Parc Reine Astrid provides a nice green space to enjoy sunny days. Here, you'll find a carousel and a couple of fountains. In general, it's very quiet, a good place to lie on the lawn with a good book.
Throughout our walk through Namur we encountered this curious and original park, a recreation center in the city, and we went there to rest and relax. Built in 1880 as a boat shelter, Constantin Smits landscape project is responsible for the retrieval and entertainment area of the villa. It has all the elements that characterize European parks and gardens: waterfall grotto (which reminded us of the Retiro Park), central basin with running water, but what stands out are the remains of the bridge built by the Dutch, which was the gate of Brussels between 1815-1820. Remains of ancient walls that characterize Namur, a piece of history become park.