Sunday, June 5, 2016

On the road to Keukenhof

We woke up that morning in peaceful Edam ready to partake in what was the whole point of the trip in the first place: to see the tulips.

Our hotel, Hotel Fortuna, was wonderful and I recommend it to anyone going to Nederland. Forget staying in Amsterdam. Hotel Fortuna is independently owned, with a wonderful staff and located in a charming, quiet town on the North Sea.

Canals everywhere. I love Nederland!

The bus depot is close and buses run frequently to Amsterdam. The ride is 10 euro roundtrip if you get a regional day pass and takes twenty-five to forty minutes, depending on the bus route (take 316 instead of 314 - it's faster) and the traffic. From Amsterdam Centraal, it was a forty-five minute bus trip to Lisse, where Keukenhof Gardens are located. Here are some of the sights we saw on the way. I show you this because you have to imagine what it is like to be driving down a road and suddenly seeing fields of tulips.

No Balloons. Absolutely none.

Waiting on the bus to Keukenhof

Schipol from the bus

Modern Dutch windmills. Practical, but can't beat the traditional ones.

We got a seat. Here is the first site of tulips.

Rainbows on the ground!

More fields from afar

Ohio should consider growing tulips instead of corn. Far less boring.

Reaching the city of Lisse

Around and around

Tulip bulbs for sale

Keukenhof entrance. Yes, there were many, many people.
To be continued...

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