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April
10

Secret gardens, hidden courtyards

On a trip to New Orleans a couple of years ago, one of my main pleasures as a visitor was wandering the streets and catching glimpses of gardens and courtyards tucked inside old buildings, the tantalizing view often framed by a locked metal gate. I wanted badly to be able to open the gates and enter those magical places, which seemed so cool and inviting after the city’s muggy heat.

Courtyards have been built for centuries as a building’s inner sanctuary, a respite from the public and a retreat for the building’s residents. Our latest slide show, Secret Gardens, Hidden Courtyards takes you into some of the great courtyards of the world, from the magnificent patios of the sprawling Alhambra in Grenada to a small courtyard in London that’s truly hidden from the rest of the city.

Do you love courtyards? What’s your favorite city to see them? Leave a comment on the blog.

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  • I live in Monterey Bay Calif. we have lots of fabulous courtyards and secret gardens started in 1740's during the Califorinia  Mission period when Mission's were built to be a one day journey from each other. There are quite a  adobe courtyards and secret gardens. It's very beautiful, nestles around Victorian Gingerbreads , Pines, Monterey Cypress and Calif Oak Trees.

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  • wonderful to look at but now days who has courtyards? most people leve in apartments and the best they can get are small verandas

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