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Park Par-Excellence

The National Gardens used to be a private garden for the royal palace until the 1920s, when it was opened to the public and renamed.

It's a pleasant, lush, shady and atmospheric park right in the city center, boasting an overpopulated duck pond, a Botanical Museum, a café and a children's library and playground. Animal lovers may be depressed by the small zoo though.

The tall palms planted by Queen Amalia at the entrance gate give the park a distinctive look. Henry Miller described it as a 'quintessential park', an ideal that one rarely finds in real life.

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