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On December the 8th the global authority on colour Pantone announced the colour of the year: Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343). This brilliant mixture of green and yellow has already won fashion and design industries over, thanks to the sensation of freshness and vitality it infuses. But first, Greenery is a shade that celebrates nature and its precious restoring power: therefore, it is a colour that makes you feel like going off on a long trip into wild forests and unspoilt landscapes.
About Greenery, the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute Leatrice Eiseman says:
“Greenery burst forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
Here there are five of the most beautiful touristic natural landscapes in the world in which to discover Greenery: prepare your luggage and let’s start the tour!
Ireland is known for being the green country par excellence. One of the most beautiful places to discover Irish greenery is Dunluce Caste for sure. It’s located in Northern Ireland, in Country Antrim, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea. This is the ruin of a medieval building, whose earliest remains date back to the 1200s, although most of it was built during the following centuries.
What is special about this castle? It stands exactly where the deep blue of the sea meets the luxuriant green of the lands surrounding it. Originally Dunluce Castle wasn’t as it appears today: large part of the lawns now enclosing the building covers the ruins of an ancient small town established by the first Earl of Antrim, Randal MacDonnell, whose residence was actually the castle. Even if today you can no longer see the ancient town, the result is an extraordinary landscape which perfectly represents the beauty of Ireland: endless green fields mixing with the colours of the sea and historic remains.
Rice Fields in China are another of the most extraordinary natural landscapes in the world. They are a sort of terraces obtained from the natural slopes on the sides of hills and mountains: there, people have found the perfect place for rice cultivation since hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of the most famous areas to discover rice terraces is Yuanyang, in south-eastern Yunnan province. These spectacular rice paddies are 13.000 hectares wide and are particularly appreciated by people who visit them thanks to their outstanding shallower slopes, which make Yuanyang terraces different from any other. This unique landscape, also known as “land sculpture”, was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, being precisely the 45th in China. Despite being a unique show, whose colourful shapes tell many years of history, this area is still today excluded by the mass tourism. Probably it’s because of its remote location, but this fact could also be a benefit for the most adventurous visitors: you can enjoy breath-taking natural beauty without anyone around you. This is the best way to discover the greenery power.
The best time to visit Yuanyang rice terraces is from January to March: choose the first month if you want to walk between spectacular water clouds surrounded by the luxuriant green of the fields. To see the plantations in blossom, you should come during the early spring: from February to March the cultivations are full of beautiful coloured flowers lightening the deep greenery of the fields.
Sri Lanka is worldwide famous for its Ceylon tea plantations: not just an important business for exportation, but also for tourism, because the scenery of this green landscape is unique. The best way to enjoy it is by a ride by train: catch the classic Sri Lankan one and sit in the observation car on the rear to lose yourself in the greenery of these spectacular tea plantations.
One of the most beautiful trips is from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya: the railway twists and turns through the hills, lined by the green Ceylon tea carpet, in which you can also admire the typical colourful sari-dresses worn by the Sri Lankan pickers.
The Highlands are the area which stretches in the north-west region of Scotland, including the wonderful Islands surrounding its shores (The Western Isles, The Orkneys, Shetland Islands). The Highlands are famous for being a luxuriant unspoilt green area: sparsely populated, with majestic mountains, the idyllic tipical lochs and rich green woodland.
The Scottish natural landscape is a unique touristic nature destination: the variety you can discover visiting it is huge, going from dramatic hills to sandy shores, from the highest mountains in the British Isles to the heather moors. If you are looking for a mystic place where to lose yourself in greenery, resting your mind and soul, the Highlands are the right place for sure.
Located on the coast, between the capital Zagreb and Zadar, The Plitvice Lakes Natural Park is the most famous tourist attraction in Croatia. Its popularity and beauty derive from a wonderful landscape made of sixteen lakes interconnected by many waterfalls, surrounded by a luxurious vegetation and a deep green woodland. This 300 square kilometres area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1979, being also one of the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful scenery where discover greenery. Here, this colour is not just the one of plants and woodland, but also the lakes one: in fact, their water changes its colour depending on the concentration of minerals in it and the grade of the sunlight, making them appear sometimes blue, other green or even grey.
After this tour through Greenery most amazing landscapes around the world, can you recognise this colour in natural places and things around you? Did you find greenery in the landscapes you love? Tell us with your social profiles!
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