British Prime Minister David Cameron and many of Salmond’s SNP colleagues, though, were against the idea. Scots, Cameron said at the time, would be faced with “what I’ve always wanted, which is one single question. Not two questions, not devo-max, not different options; a very simple, single question.”Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.- AFP
Edinburgh, London: When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?
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Versailles Gardens, France
Paris has lots of famous attractions and Versailles Gardens are among them. Constructed in the 17th century, during the ministry of King Louis XIV (the Sun King), Versailles Gardens impress visitors with ornamental lakes, beautiful statues and numerous flower beds.
Palmengarten offers visitors a wide variety of plants, exhibited in several climatic zones. This quiet garden with a playground for kids and deck-chairs surrounded by trees is a perfect place for a family recreation. Amateur and professional photographers can find inspiration for new masterpieces.
Shalimar Garden, Pakistan
The construction of Shalimar Garden took only one year (1641-1642). The main attractions of this garden are 5 water cascades and 410 fountains.
Kew Gardens, England
Kew Gardens are a paradise for plant lovers, as they have over 50 thousand species of plants. Its famous Palm House Shelters have 10 climatic zones that allow enjoying the most exotic plants, including vanila orchids and baobab trees. If you happen to visit Kew Gardens pop over the Bonsai House exhibiting 150-year-old trees.
Jardin Majorelle, Morocco
A garden the construction of which took over 40 years is bound to impress and astonish. Jardin Majorelle with fabulous marble pools, thousands of multicoloured flowers, huge collection of cacti and over 15 species of birds, is one of the most popular attractions in Morocco. Visit Jardin Majorelle and you will never regret it!
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Washington
This 40-room mansion surrounded by a huge green garden once belonged to the founder of General Foods, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Today, this quiet place is opened for visitors and it is a perfect place to enjoy the silence and have afternoon tea. Numerous flowers, monuments and singing birds will help forget about the vanity of a large city.
Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is famous not for its numerous or exotic plant species. In fact, plants play the secondary role here, because Charles and Maggie Jencks, the creators of this place, wanted to demonstrate a unique combination of geometry, science, symmetry, strict lines and nature. Chess board alleys, diverse steel designs and unusual geometrical figures are harmonically combined with flowers and ornamental lakes. This unique place is opened for visitors only 1 day a year.
Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
Keukenhof is the largest flower garden in the world. Visit the garden in spring and admire the beauty of stunning flower beds made of over seven million hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. Visitors are offered boat and bike tours and also delicious meals at local cafes and restaurants.
Butchart Gardens, British Columbia
Butchart is one of the most famous and beautiful gardens in the world. It is famous for its 300 thousand flowerbeds and a spectacular waterfall. One of the oldest ornamental gardens in the world is especially beautiful in spring, when all flowerbeds are in blossom.
Suan Nong Nooch Gardens, Thailand
Suan Nong Nooch is famous not only for its huge collection of orchids and palms. It is also the place where tourists can enjoy various shows, including Thai cultural and elephant shows. What can be more exciting that a cultural show in a gorgeous garden!
Yuyuan Garden, China
If you want to feel the atmosphere of the medieval China, just visit Yuyuan Garden. The garden which was constructed in 1550 takes visitors to the Middle Ages. Yuyuan Garden or the Garden of Contentment is always flooded with tourists and therefore is not the best place for a quiet rest.