Waterlogue Wednesdays: Keukenhof 2016

We’re celebrating Waterlogue Wednesday with a little tribute to the stunning Keukenhof Gardens today. This past Monday, May 16, marked the last day of the season at Keukenhof Botanical Gardens. You probably have heard of the spectacular tulip fields in Holland, but some don’t know about the stunning gardens not far from Schiphol Airport where the most beautiful tulip and flower displays bloom each year.

I first visited Keukenhof back in 2008, I believe. I convinced my Dutch boyfriend to go to this place that he was sure would be full of people 40+ years older than we were. I ignored his groans, as I had to see this place I had been reading about! What I saw that year and have seen many times since, I simply cannot put into words. The level of beauty in one place – both natural and man-designed is astonishing.

So, even though I did not get to go this year, I wanted to share a few images from Keukenhof in hopes of enticing eventual travelers to the Netherlands. This place is truly not to be missed.

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Keukenhof
Stationsweg 166A
2161 AM
Lisse, Netherlands

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Spring Festivities

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Celebrating Waterlogue Wednesday with three images from Spring in Amsterdam and a special mention of King’s Day, celebrated on a chilly day on April 27. I didn’t make it to the Dutch tulip fields this year, but I have lots of photos to look back on from my many past visits.

Bicycling through Lisse, Holland II

In continuing with the beautiful tulip fields of a couple of days ago, here are a few more pics from our journey through the fields of Lisse and surrounding towns. I’m so glad we didn’t go a day later than we did. The farmers were busy all over the area with theirs tractors removing the flowers. Though there is something really beautiful about flowers petals scattered about and the beautiful intense colors rows that they produce. Next year I will go earlier to see more of the flowers in full bloom.

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The bikes we rented to get us around

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Bicycling in Lisse, Holland

It wouldn’t be Spring in Holland without a trip to the tulips fields this country is so well known for. I went in April with my friend who had come to town from Paris just for this spectacle. We hopped a bus from the airport then immediately rented bikes and headed for the fields. When you’ve seen so many photos for so long with all these fields, you tend to think they’re all in one place, together. In reality, it takes some navigating around a several-kilometer area, which is a very pleasant ride since the bike paths are so well-marked and safe. When my friend saw that the North Sea was not too far away, we decided it would be fun to make it part of our tour. What fun it was to get caught in the rain and sun among this beauty.

Just look at all those tulips!

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