Next stop on my Mediterranean adventures: Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Dalmatian coast has a certain allure that encompasses the perfect mix of old-world history and palm-tree paradise—and let me tell you, I was entranced. Dubrovnik, Croatia, dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a city that truly glows in the sunlight with its white marble-lined streets and fanciful baroque architecture. Dubrovnik’s old city walls, complete with moat and drawbridge, enclose the historical maritime city. No longer full of water to keep out invaders, the moat may seem empty to some—but to this flower girl, it’s now much more full of beauty in its modernity. What could be lovelier in a dry moat than a landscaped garden? Surrounding the city walls and scattered among its white marble city, exotic flora abound in this once war-driven gem on the Adriatic Sea.
Stay tuned for the next post about my Mediterranean travels. To read my first post about the back story on the vacation and my first stop (Venice), click here.
In the U.S., we’re all so accustomed to seeing portraits of past Presidents or national landmarks on our paper money we probably don’t even notice anymore. How much more interesting would it be if our bills “bloomed!” You might even have trouble parting with those twenties if they looked like art.
The site www.banknotes.com, run by Audrius Tomonis, includes an extensive picture gallery of historical and more current paper money used by all (if not all, it’s pretty darn close) the world’s countries. Many of their examples are also for sale, if you’re a collector.
The North Korean 200 Won from 2005 features magnolia flowers, the national flower of the country:
This Swiss note from 1963 has intricately drawn flowers all over the back of the bill:
And, of course, The Netherlands would (should) print flowers on their money! This dazzling sunflower example is from 1982:
Check out New Zealand as well for a few subtle floral images; Indonesia too has printed currency with floral motifs in the past.
Finding flowers in unexpected places? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may blog about your find!