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Victorian Greenhouse

Jevremovac Botanical Garden Belgrade

We enjoy gardens and parks (here’s a post we did a while back about some of the local ones we enjoy around San Jose). In general, they’re a nice place to just go for a stroll – so when we explored Google maps to check out what was around us and found Jevremovac Botanical Garden we decided to give it a go.

Belgrade Botanical Garden Entrance

Finding the Jevremovac Botanical Garden

After a little research we also found that these gardens are allegedly actually one of the most visited natural monuments in Serbia despite not showing up on any “Things to do in Belgrade” type lists we found.

With little time in Serbia you probably won’t get to it but for a longer visit, it’s a nice place to go wander around. We were there over a month. In general, and this is the vibe we get from Belgrade as a whole – we found the area to be peaceful and pleasant.

Walking into the garden
Serbia

A Lovely Space of Green

Altogether the park contains over 2,500 plant species spread over 12 acres. Some have labels to help you identify them.

Plant description
Spring

There are benches throughout certain areas of the park to take in the scenery and sounds of birds.

Park bench

Now, I’m sure the garden may appear different at different times of year, but also keep in mind that it’s not open year-round (info at the bottom).

RoseFlower

Anyway, you can wander about and enjoy the general park/forest garden, but there are also a few specific places within Jevremovac worth mentioning:

The Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden in Jevremovac

We really enjoy the aesthetic of Japanese Gardens. Of course, as far as I can recall we’ve only been to two others – the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose and the Japanese Garden on Margaret Island in Budapest (both impressive).

We thought about visiting one in Vancouver, but it was closed the day we planned to visit. This one was a little smaller than the other two but also very pretty.

Jevremovac
Japanese Garden

Not far from it there’s also this little bamboo area you can walk through which is neat.

Bamboo forest

Jevremovac Botanical Garden Greenhouse

Victorian Greenhouse
Outside the greenhouse

The greenhouse on the property was built in Victorian-style – which we enjoyed – in 1892. It was reconstructed again in 1970, 2005, and 2014, and contains over 1,000 species.

Greenhouse

Inside there are all kinds of different intriguing plants, succulents, and cacti.

Succulents
Jevremovac Botanical Garden
Cute Succulents
Succulents garden
Pretty flower
OrchidsWater drops

When we first made it to the greenhouse we saw a couple cats and fortunately had cat treats with us. So we sat and enjoyed the company of one of them – the other one was scared.

Kyle feeding catCute cat

Old Oak

There is also a 150-year-old oak tree inside which is a natural monument itself. (Sorry, don’t have a pic of it.)

Now for a little history: the garden was created in 1874 by the Ministry of Education of Serbia. The first manager (Josif Pancic) is said to be the “father of Serbian botany”. So this place is pretty significant in Serbia in terms of plants. About a decade after its creation, King Jevrem Obrenovic donated the garden to the Great School in Belgrade. He named it Jevremovac in honor of his grandfather.

Plan Your Visit:

Cost: 250 Serbian Dinar (~$2/person)
Address: Takovska 43, Beograd, Serbia
Hours: 9am-7pm May 1 – Nov 1
Note: Keep in mind that this attraction is only open from May through November

Cute flower

~B~

Kuala Lumpur Central Market

With having finished the National Museum of Malaysia, we decided to make our way towards the Central Market and some food. We hadn’t eaten all day, and it was getting towards late afternoon, so food was the only thing on our mind.

A Stroll Through the Lake Gardens

The route would be through the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. From the museum, you can take a short walking tunnel under the highway opening up to a large, well manicured park. A large lark goes the length of the park.

We made our way along the paved paths, through the shadows of palms for a good long while. The heat and lack of food was slowing us down a bit, but we had plenty to look at.

The Lake

Interesting Trees

After about a kilometer, we came to a large covered pavilion surrounded by baobab trees. This area of the park housed many unique trees as well as various bridges crossing the lake. There was even an edible garden area (you’re not allowed to eat the edibles though). We stayed for a short bit to rest and look, but with a long way to go, so we proceeded on.

Bridge in the Park
Kyle at the Park
Lily Pads

Nearly another kilometer had passed, and we had gone by a large children’s park, and had come to a main road. From here, you can proceed further north and you’ll find yourself at the National Monument, or you can turn south and you’ll wind up at the Bird Gardens. The Lake Gardens themselves are a very large complex that contains the previously mentioned, as well as Butterfly Gardens, Deer Park. Along the outside rim of the Lake Gardens are the National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, and various hotels.

However, we proceeded down the main road, away from the Lake Gardens, still in search of food. We could see the Petronas Towers off in the distance and knew from previous experience that there was at least food there, but that we would hopefully find some before that. The road continued on for about another kilometer passing a nice fountain and smaller park, and then we finally made our way into the city streets.

View of KL Tower
Water Fountain
Downtown KL

Getting Into the Thick of It

Quickly, the quiet changed into the chaos that is KL. We ended up passing by an Irish place that offered vegetarian ciabatta sandwiches, so we stopped here and got Briana something to eat. I decided I could wait a little bit longer and try to find something else later on.

Islamic Arches In KL
Downtown KL

Later on ended up being a McDonalds only a few hundred feet away, but it was ok – I got a large burger and fries, and we got an ice cream as well. The McDonalds was pretty nice all in all, but didn’t offer any unique items like the South Korean McD’s did.

Exploring a Concrete Jungle

With our stomachs satisfied, we began our more serious search for Central Market. By this time, I’d managed to get data working on my phone, and we’ve managed to at least use the maps and gps to get around town. But we needed to be wary. The bikers around here are notorious for stealing phones and purses from people’s hands – and several were eyeing my phone and had that calculating look in their eye about how to make off with it.  So I kept it close, and put it back in my pocket. We had to cross the street, but for whatever reason, KL doesn’t seem to do cross walks, so we had to just time ourselves with the light and try to avoid getting hit by the bikers who ignore every rule.

Downtown KL
KL City Streets

Arriving at the Central Market

After a close call with a bike, we had finally made it across and proceeded on to the Central Market. It was only a few more minutes walk there and we finally arrived.  Central Market was first established in 1888 as an open-air wet market, but was renovated to it’s current state in 2004 to meet the needs of tourism and modernity. However, it still retains it’s charms and is a great place to wander and find authentic items.

There is a main street that has many street venders, but upon turning inside, you’ll find dozens of shops and stalls. Ranging from clothes, to trinkets, to antiques – food, drink, toys, and everything between, you can find anything. Briana bought some pants in a local style, which have worked out quite nice here. I would have liked to pick up a souvenir, but we could not have sent it back to the states, nor carried it with us on our travels.

Be Careful With Your Purchases

I was saddened to see a lot of ivory for sale. Many of the items on display, and stores, explicitly say no photography.  I’m pretty sure it’s because of the ivory pieces. Although the ivory trade is illegal, it still occurs in South East Asia, with China and the US being the biggest buyers. The Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand closely follow. We also came across real weapons from antiquity. Yet another item I doubt would make it through customs.

Central Market KL
Central Market Juice
Central Market Coconuts

Gotta Love the Ice Floss

Upstairs, we found a food court, we we decided to take a rest. I was still a little hungry, so I got us Strawberry Ice Floss. We really like the Ice Floss here.  Upon finishing our food, we continued on in the upper floor and checked out a few more antique shops, and then made our way out of the market.

Central Market Ice Floss

Go Check it Out

We were basically done for the day, but Briana really wanted to get a good picture of the Petronas Towers. However, no matter how far we walked, it never seemed to get any closer. Ultimately, with it dark and our feet tired, we gave up, took a quick snapshot and called our Uber.

~K~

Night Time KL

Bukit Nanas bamboo forest leaves in the rain

Bukit Nanas Rainforest In Kuala Lumpur

Our second visit to Kuala Lumpur was far easier, and more enjoyable than our first time. It’s not that we didn’t enjoy KL our first time, but that we were in such a great and central location our second time. Our AirBNB was on the edge of Bukit Bintang, with a great view of the KL Tower, Petronas Towers, and Bukit Nanas.

Kuala Lumpur City View

Bukit Nanas had attracted our attention when we were first here, but we just weren’t able to make it there then. Our second time around though, it was literally just a two minute walk from the front door.

View of Bukit Nanas from AirBNB

A Rainforest In The Middle Of The City

Bukit Nanas, formerly Bukit Gombak, is the only virgin tropical rainforest remaining within the city of Kuala Lumpur. City planners decided to preserve the jungle and turn it into a public forest reserve. It is essentially a large and elongated hill, at the top of which resides KL Tower. At the main entry, you can find a visitor center with a mini museum.

First Stop, Canopy Walk

We made our way to visit it in the late afternoon (be careful, it closes at 5pm) and really enjoyed our time. Our main interest was the canopy walk, which is a sequence of bridges and platforms suspended in the jungle canopy which you can walk across the park on. It provides great views of the jungle below.

Briana at the Canopy Walk Entrance
Canopy Walk at Bukit Nanas
Kyle on the Canopy Walk

A storm was rolling in as we walked through, and as we descended the canopy walk into the jungle, the rain began to set in. We came prepared though with umbrellas and we enjoyed our times in a real rain forest. Trails run throughout the park, and are quite easy to navigate – some are paved and others are just dirt. The park is home to monkeys, monitor lizards, birds, and snakes. We saw none though, most likely due to the storm.

Jungle Trail in the rain
Bukit Nanas Trail Sign
Pulai Tree plaque

Trek Through The Rain

While we didn’t have the time to fully explore the park, there are also various gardens and pavilions. We did get the chance to walk through the bamboo forest though, which was enjoyable.

Bamboo Forest
Table at Bukit Nanas

Keep in mind though, that mosquitos are abundant in the park. I normally don’t find the need to wear insect repellant, and most of KL is well controlled. But if you want to take a hike here, you should consider having a bit of protection.

Also, rains in KL can be torrential at times, so while it may be fun to explore the jungle in the rain as we did, be prepared in case you hit a sudden flash flood.

Flower Petal
Briana Climbing the Road
Church outside Bukit Nanas

Bukit Nanas provides a great nature reprieve in the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur. If you find yourself in the area, it’s well worth checking out. To get there, just head to the KL Tower and you’ll see the signs.

~K~

Bukit Nanas Canopy Walk