The hearth of a Queen-part 2

Like I promised in my last post, today I will take to the garden of the palace from Balcic.

It is a really beautiful place, you should visit it better in the  late spring or summer when all the flower are blooming. Unfortunately for me I have chosen the end of the winter so no  beautiful flowers blooming for me. But I did  see the beautiful greenhouse, that has a great collection of cactuses, as you can see bellow. For those who loves cactuses.

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You could also find other plants, see bellow.

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Even if I didn’t visit  the palace in the spring or summer the view it was still great.

Before I will show the rest of the pictures I took, let me tell you more about the Queen.

Queen Maria was born on 29 October 1875, in England, she was the daughter of the Edinburgh Duke, the son of Queen Victoria of England. From her mother side she is related with the Russian Emperor Alexander the second.

Queen Maria  loved flowers since she was little, her favorite flowers where the white lilies.All her life she will try to grow lilies. The best lilies she will grow here. She loved the big garden that the palace has. The garden is divided in a few parts with different themes.

So let’s start a walk in the beautiful garden.

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From this part of the garden you can see the waterfall, just the first part of it. Here is also a bridge called the bridge of sights. The bridge that divides and in the same time connects two worlds, one that relax the body and the other one that gives peace to the soul. The legend say that if you put a wish and pass on the bridge the wish will become true. Here you can see the bridge better.

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Now let’s go to the centuries alley. It was named like this by the Queen, the alley was paved with millstones, one for each century that passed. One of her last wishes that were wrote in her will it was that after every century that will pass a new millstone will be put on the alley. Also the alley has some beautiful white columns they were a gift from her son-in-law Alexander, the king of Yugoslavia. He also a flowers lover.They used to exchange flowers as gifts and have long talks about flowers. The King Alexander also had a beautiful garden at his palace.

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The suspended terraces or the maze, it was made by the Swiss Jules Jannin, in 1926. He used to be the gardener in chief of Emperor Nikolay the second of Russia.

The maze is arranged amphitheatrically over the lonely nest. The stairs go down a slope, pass through narrow arches and than suddenly they change their way climbing up. In the maze are also from time to time benches to rest a bit at the shadow of a fig tree feeling the smell of the roses that are nearby. From the Maze, you can enjoy the view of the sea IMG_20160131_112356

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The English Court:In the middle of the garden there you can see a cross-shaped water  in the shape of a byzantine cross. All sides of water mirror have equal lenghts. In early Christianity this was the symbol of Christ.But also before Christianity the symbol was used as the sign of sun god, god of the rain or as the symbols of the elements that the earth is made. The garden is surrounded by a water channel. To the sea, the garden is surrounded by stone walls.

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About the last part of the garden I will tell you in a next post! I hope you enjoyed!

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