Fountains

Fountains in the City

Fonte do Rossio

Lisboa fountain

This is one of the twin fountains in Rossio Square, a major meeting place in the middle of Lisbon, Portugal. The bronze fountains, incorporating mermaid sculptures, were built in France and shipped to Lisbon for installation in the square in…

Cool oasis in the Eternal City

Rome fountain

Rome is known for its fountains, from the smallest wall fountains that provide drinking water to the large plaza fountains, which instill feelings of awe and grandeur. But this summer, many of them were under wraps being cleaned, repaired or restored. So…

Park in Nice is nice

Nice park

I saw a great example of urban renewal during a recent visit to Nice, France. Promenade du Paillon is a park in the heart of the city, on a strip of land separating the old and new towns. Green space, walkways,…

Fountain of the sun

Nice fountain

Since sun worshippers flock to the French Riviera for sea and sand, it seems appropriate to have a fountain dedicated to the sun god at the edge of the old city of Nice, France. “La fontaine du soleil” by sculptor…

Lungs of the city

Bethesda Fountain

As fascinating as New York City can be with its outstanding architecture, abundant shopping, and incomparable entertainment, it can be incredibly draining on the psyche with its constant noise, concrete canyons, and hordes of people. That’s when parks come into their own, providing…

Big Burst still wows

People love to sit around the fountain

People wait for it. They tell their children to be patient, it will happen soon. What is it? From the centre court fountain In the middle of the Toronto Eaton Centre, three bursts of water shoot 85 feet into the…

Flowing day and night

Tourny fountain in the evening

The Fountaine de Tourny is stunning any time of the day or evening. It is a recent addition to the Quebec City scene, installed in front of the Quebec Parliament buildings in 2007. It was a gift from Simons department stores to the…

Flowering abundance

Ross Fountain

The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia (about 20 minutes away from Victoria) is one of Canada’s premier horticultural destinations, designated as a National Historic Site. It was created early in the 20th century by Jennie Butchart, the wife of Robert…

My top 5 stories from Florida and Texas

I visited so many wonderful places during my trips to Florida (including Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia) and Texas (including Louisiana and Ohio) that it was hard to pin down just five great stories, but here they are: Tea, anyone? Discover…