This is a creative writing piece , in response to the Monday Morning Writing Prompt over at Victoria's place .
Choose a place you'd like to go to for a bit of respite … It can be a setting near you , or somewhere that you travel to only in your imagination . You can focus on the details of the environment or paint in broad brush strokes how your getaway inspires .
First off , I have to admit that the challenge forced me to confront the fact that , there are many beautiful spots that I do not take advantage of , don't visit often enough , places that offer the perfect opportunity for a little relaxation …
Africa's oldest surviving botanic gardens , on my doorstep , is the ideal spot … a beautiful , tranquil , serene getaway … it is like another world , unhurried and laid-back , situated close to the hub of the city . I always remember the frequent visits to the gardens during my childhood . It represents a haven , the perfect retreat ; an ivory tower of lavish , overflowing greenery in the perfect sub-tropical climate . It boasts a herbarium which contains an impressive collection of over 100 000 dried , pressed and catalogued plant specimens ; an orchid house ; the fern collection of local and exotic species ; and an extensive Cycad collection ! The sight of the lush carpet of grass promises more therapeutic value than the $9,6 million Persian rug sold at Sotheby's … Besides the R&R it offers , it could definitely tempt the creative muse , lure it out of hiding , all that's required is a pen , notebook , the warmth of the sun on your face as you lie on the expanse of lush green carpet … aaahh !
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