Every piece of decor and art you choose to place around your home, office, and garden helps to create the finished picture and design of your space. Some pieces tell stories, while others whisk you away to foreign lands. At Gardenique, we believe in the power of fantasy, adventure, and beauty. Everyone has different tastes and personalities. We want our fountains to reflect your individuality. Surround yourself with the things you love and that make you happy. Create spaces that bring you joy and help you relax, unwind, and recharge. This year we are inspired by traveling, being able to visit new places and experience different cultures. Four of our newest fountains, coming this spring, embrace this idea.
When many people think of Spain, their minds go to Barcelona or Madrid, the most well-known cities and major travel destinations. Seville, Spain, is a hidden gem, often overlooked as a place to visit and experience Spanish culture. Seville was once the largest city in Spain, a historic cultural hub. The city’s architecture is unlike any other. Famed architect Aníbal González used regionalism style to add a modern twist to historical styles like Mudéjar, Baroque, and Gothic for famous buildings in Seville.
Seville has over 300 days of sunshine a year and paired with architecture that seems otherworldly; directors and filmmakers from around the world are drawn to the city. “The Palace of the Kingdom of Naboo” from Star Wars and the “Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne” from Game of Thrones are both real-life palaces in Seville, Spain.
Besides its architecture, Seville is known for its culture. This city is the tapas capital of the world. Instead of going out to dinner, you go out to get tapas. Tapas are small dishes that typically are ordered alongside a drink, preferably Sangria, at a bar. Unlike an appetizer, you eat tapas until you’re full. Once you've had your fill of tapas you can watch a flamenco show, a traditional entertainment style combining guitars, singing, and dancing.
History comes alive in Athens, Greece, where you can take a step back in time and wander through ancient streets that great historical figures like Socrates, Sophocles, Aristotle, Hippocrates, and many others once walked. Athens was the capital of the ancient world in Europe, the Acropolis today is a reminder of the city’s extraordinary past. The city had natural, free-flowing freshwater springs, rivers, and was close to the Aegean Sea, making it the perfect center for Greek life. Many classical ideas in art and literature were born in Athens.
Many ancient monuments like the Parthenon, the temple of Olympian Zeus, and and the Theatre of Dionysus still stand today. The city preserves its long history by smoothly integrating modernity to make Athens a must-see for anyone! Today Athens is filled with lots to do from museum-hopping, fine dining, to sightseeing. Athens is the perfect place to spend an afternoon getting lost walking around shop-lined streets.
In Verona, two star-crossed lovers fell in love. The medieval town attracts people from around the world to visit Juliet’s balcony where she called out to her love, Romeo. Verona is a picturesque Italian town filled with piazzas and plenty of side streets and outdoor cafes. The city’s architecture features Romanesque and Gothic architecture that is artfully preserved. The Verona Arena, built in the first century, once held gladiator games and medieval jousts and today is a modern concert hall.
Verona is an undeniably romantic city, perfect for strolling and window shopping with a gelato in-hand. The Adige river cuts through the city, the crystal blue water flowing under artful bridges. You enter Verona through a third-century gate, as Roman city walls surround Verona. Today the tops of the walls have been turned into an urban park, where the Veronese can be seen strolling at night. Verona is the perfect place to fall in love.
On the border of California and Mexico lies Tijuana. Tijuana is just 20 miles south of San Diego and is heavily influenced but SoCal life. Tijuana is a vibrant city that attracts visitors from around the world to relax and explore Mexican culture. Zona Centro is the heart of the city, a historic downtown center that attracts tourists. Visit this city during March and April, and you’ll see flocks of college students celebrating Spring Break on the white sand beaches.
After a day spent at the ocean, you can explore Tijuana's famed nightlife, restaurants, and art galleries. Tijuana has become a cultural hotspot for the independent artist community. You can walk along the sunny streets and see world-class art exhibits. The city has something for everyone from bright graffiti art to the “cerveza” (craft and micro craft beer brewery scene).
The world is full of beautiful cityscapes with long histories and unique landscapes. Architecture and geography create an environment that is exclusive to an area. Travel allows you to experience different cultures. You can explore different foods and styles of music and art and see how other people live. While we’d all love to spend our days traveling from city to city, we often have to pick and choose which places we can vacation to. These travel-inspired fountains bring a little bit of a beautiful city to your backyard, satisfying your wanderlust for a bit.