The Beauty of Keukenhof!
Hey! I realize it’s been a while since my last post. I have no excuses! Ok, I do have some, but I’ll save those for another post.
Instead of excuses, I have some pictures from Keukenhof for you! Hans and I FINALLY visited yesterday. Even though it’s just across the street, we’ve been putting off a visit because we were waiting for the tulips to really come out, and for the trees and bushes to get a bit leafier. But spring is running THREE WEEKS LATE this year due to the cold weather we’ve been having, and it’s just taking tooooooooooo long…. You might notice in the pictures that there are lots of tulips still to come out. But there are lots and lots of hyacinths (they smell soooooooo yummy) and more varieties of daffodils than I ever knew existed.
If you’ve never heard of Keukenhof, the folks who run it call it the “most beautiful spring garden in the world”! What more is there to say than that?
It’s also one of the most photographed places in the world. If you’re photo crazy, and you’re one of those people with a ginormous camera and even more ginormous lenses, this is the place you’ll want to use all that equipment. But you’ll see just as many people taking pictures with their iPads or with their phones on selfie sticks! You gotta’ watch out for these people because they tend not to see past the ends of their own arms. I’m not sure everyone takes the time to enjoy the beauty of the flowers they’re photographing. But if ever there was a place to stop to smell the flowers…..
Keukenhof opened this year on March 20 and it closes on May 17. I expect I’ll visit again before it closes. April 25th is the Flower Parade. The Flower Parade is a parade of floats decorated with bulb flowers. It goes along a 40km route, starting in a town called Nordwijk at about 9am, and ends in Haarlem at about 8:30pm. It’ll pass through Lisse, and go by Keukenhof, around 3 in the afternoon. I’ll be there with my point-and-shoot to get some pictures for you!