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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Keukenhof - the blossoming paradise (almost)


Since I have been in the Netherlands, a lot of people have asked me if I have visited the tulip gardens. Last year somehow I missed out, so this year I wanted badly to visit this place. A couple of weekends before two of my college friends from India had visited me. Meeting them after several years this trip was very special to me. I was not exactly sure if it was the right time to visit Keukenhof yet (1st week of April), but being among the only 5 people traveling in the bus from Schipol to Keukenhof, it didn't take long to figure out that we were rather off.

But here is the funny thing with trips. You can be travelling on a cloudy/rainy/moody weather which decides to get sunny while on your bus trip back home, with barely few flowers in a garden which is supposed to be world famous for the same, and still have a great time. I hadn't laughed so hard and so much in a loong time. :) Catching up with old silly stories from the past and pulling each other's legs was absolutely great.

Pictures of the few flowers that got lucky to see me ;) -






The gardens are open 8:00 - 19:30 everyday from 18th March to 16th May. The entrance tickets are 14 euro and do take the bike ride around the fields. Totally worth when you will visit the place at the right time (which is now!). Visit the website for more information.

6 comments:

Invader_Stu said...

It looks great. I've not been yet myself. I've not had chance yet.

Pres├ępio no Canal said...

Beautiful pics, Thamarai ;-)
I was there twice, but I liked it more in the first time (2008)...I have the fotos in my blog, if you want to see.
Last year, I went there in April, but many flowers were in bad conditions... I think because some people are not very careful when they take pictures nearby the flowers...what a pitty!
Again, I love your pics! ;-)

~ Lopa said...

We visited it last year, and for me that's done. Now i can answer people who asks me...hehehe
Ashu wants to visit again though, and last year was his second trip there not first like me !

We visited around second week of April, but it was good. Only after afternoon weather suddenly turned chilly :D

A Touch of Dutch said...

I'm glad you got to finally go :-) I wanted to this year, but I am far too busy lately, so thank you for sharing these lovely photos!

Orangesplaash said...

Its truly a paradise. This year however, we took a different route and cycled through the Lisse tulips fields instead of visiting the gardens

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