AN­OTHER SWEET PERK TO GO­ING NOWHERE

Elle (Canada) - - Travel -

Cherry blos­soms are one of spring’s sim­ple plea­sures. Each deep breath you take while in the com­pany of the soft pink pe­tals can be a calm­ing mo­ment of ol­fac­tory med­i­ta­tion. But be­cause the trees only bloom dur­ing a short win­dow ev­ery April or May, trav­el­ling to see them can be a bit tricky. How dis­ap­point­ing would it be to go all the way to, say, Ja­pan to ex­pe­ri­ence them in their full glory and then miss their peak bloom by just a few days? But if you stay close to home in­stead and visit places like Van­cou­ver’s Van­Dusen Botan­i­cal Gar­den and Toronto’s High Park, which have sig­nif­i­cant cherry-blos­som gar­dens, that ephemeral bloom be­comes much eas­ier to en­joy. The only trick is find­ing a quiet, crowd-free mo­ment to take it all in. We rec­om­mend an early-morn­ing week­day visit—think of 10 min­utes be­neath the branches as a mini-retreat from your work­week.

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