Our first tour is Keukenhof, prominently known for its vast collection of well-bred tulips that only appear during Spring time. When we got our flight dates, our relatives mentioned the flower season has already been missed. It feels so good to know that the tulips are still alive and ready for viewing!
We were greeted by pots of vibrantly colored flowers that looks so unreal to be real. Thankfully, they are the latter.
I was not able to take pictures of them but when we came to Keukenhof, there was a crowd. People everywhere! This is no surprise. The place at Lisse is called “Europe’s Garden”, and every spring season, people from all over the world gather here just to see wonderful blooming of the bulbs. We’re so thankful our relatives brought us here just right on time!
My favorite spots to photograph: the sky and nature reaching up for it.
Some of the flowers have really strong colors it looks saturated on photos! The camera I am using is Sony NEX, which needs a few more boosts on capturing more of the details. It’s a good thing my brother took photos with his much powerful DSLR.
These petals look so velvety.
Another saturated shot, but who doesn’t love bright reds radiating under the spring sun?
Holland is a giant waterway, and finding this lake in the midst of the garden is such a lovely discovery!
After all that walk (Keukenhof is really, really big!), we had to grab a bite at Wilhelmina.
Then back to the tour. The brick buildings are in contrast with the soft, lush flower petals.
Rather a bad shot, but this is what the garden looks like. Stems on a wiggly pattern on slanted grounds. It’s amazing how they managed to form the whole place!
There’s a museum nearby and here’s an illustrated book of the tulips and their names.
Outside is many more of these tulips, with their names floating around little tags. I love how these names sounded more of a European women’s monikers.
A cherry blossom tree! I finally saw one! I was pinning to catch a glimpse of it in Tokyo, but this is the next best thing!
Keukenhof has more than tulip gardens. It has well-manicured hedges and mazes and it would have been a great place for weddings! I can’t imagine. Must be really expensive to hold it here. However, during our walk, we found people taking photo-ops for their wedding slideshows.
Spot the awkward. This is near the Monet art space.
Advanced windmill view! Went up this lovely deck to see more of the gardens, but with too much people, we can’t stay upstairs for so long.
And here’s a little boat ride to… somewhere! I don’t really know but I wished I tried it. As you can see, there’s a lot of Asians joining the trip with us. One Japanese lady thanked me in her native tongue when I let her pass first.
Back down, shaking hands with the flowers.
We went to Keukenhof’s greenhouse where they are celebrating Mother’s Day! Strings of flowers and props are scattered all over the place.
Sadly, we had to rush home because rain started pouring in. Many of the tourists ended their flower sight seeing as well, but really, the weather just played a joke on us. Five minutes later, just when we were exiting the gate, the rain stopped and the sky became sunny again.