On each trip, I always try to spend time visiting a garden. Nothing beats a bit of relaxing time spent in the company of indigenous flora, which always says so much about the place that you are in. I like to be surrounded by a plethora of different species, and allow the quiet to surround me, while I keep my nose alert for the smallest hint of an interesting scent.
It was in Bali that I found maybe one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen; the splendid Tirta Gangga gardens in East Bali. Literally meaning “water of the Ganges” in homage to the sacred river, Tirta Gangga is famous for its sacred spring water, which has been spouting from the east Balinese mountains for centuries. In 1946, the last Raja of the province of Karangasem decided to honor the spring by building next to it a palace surrounded by a remarkable garden.