I hope you don’t have allergies, because if so, you’re very well going to need a box of tissues by the end of this post.
Even though I lived in Holland temporarily (in 2005), it was one of the ports I was most excited to return to on this Enrichment Voyage for two reasons, 1) it’s always fun to re-visit somewhere that’s very familiar and 2) we were arriving at the tail end of tulip season!
In all of my trips to the Netherlands, none of them have coincided with Holland’s famed tulip season—and it wouldn’t have this year had Europe not experienced such a dreadfully cold and rainy spring. This was the one time over the past six weeks that this finally worked in our favor.
This was my first day feeling semi-healthy again after five days of being bed-ridden with a nasty stomach bug, so my good friend Layne and I set out with one of the ship’s day trips to the nearby tulip fields.
Keukenhof Gardens are just 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam by bus in Lisse and are only open approximately eight weeks of the year, a schedule which changes annually depending on the weather. Nearly one million visitors hit the park each year during this tight window. You can easily hop on a tour group out of Damrak in Amsterdam, but you can just as easily save a few bucks, take a bus out from Schipohl for a couple euro and pay the entrance fee of 15 euro (half price for adults).
It was the perfect way to spend a recovery day when I didn’t have energy to do much of anything besides stroll at a leisurely pace, stopping every eight feet to snap a few photos. And because I’ve never been in a more photogenic spot in my life, you get approximately 700 more pictures of ridiculously pretty flowers.