Madrid, Spain; a city which is basically desert, the river they have brings some natural green but today much of it is irrigated. Pine trees fill the Parque del Buen Retiro and when you walk around in this beautiful but mini fairy-tale type forest you can smell the strong pine, so fresh and wonderful, which many of my European friends don’t seem to be so interested by because they were born smelling this.
Madrid lies above sea level which is the only thing that makes it inhabitable, since the heat and sun is very strong. It’s in the Mediterranean Basin, that makes for mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. This whole area was connected to the Sahara Desert which lies directly below it on the top of Africa. It wasn't what I imagined but it was a neat surprise. But also, because of the climate (dry summers, rainy winters) it supports the growth of forests which makes me think of the movie Princess Bride. Another place that has this type of land is California, desert and forest. Here are some park photos (Parque del Buen Retiro) which is their version of a Central Park.