I’ve always loved Holland. I guess it’s a family thing. My mum and dad used to take me to Holland during summer vacations when we were living in England, some 10-12 years ago (yes I’m THAT old). It was like going to a European-version of Indonesia. After my second visit, I have to admit I was bored, but hey I was a little kid and all I wanted was some ice cream and sweets but got cheese and patats instead, don’t blame me! Now, all grown-up living in Europe temporarily, Holland is (almost) like home and I practically jumped at the chance of visiting my old friends who live in Groningen and Leeuwarden. I jumped even higher (imaginarily of course, I’m not much of a jumper) when one of them asked me if I wanted to go to Keukenhof. Of course I said yes while nodding crazily.
Why I was so ecstatic to go to Keukenhof?
- I LOVE flowers.
- Tulips especially.
- Reminds me of my mum – cos she’s also a flower lover.
- I’ve never been to Holland in tulips season (crazy right??!).
So off I went to Keukenhof.
I went there with a bus, because we were travelling in a big group so they rented a bus. It took us around 3 hours-ish to get there from Groningen…err actually I’m not sure about the time, I was kinda sleeping the whole journey. A habit I have. But I’m positively sure it was around 3 hours. Before entering the garden, I noticed fields and fields and fields and …. OK, you get the point, of tulips. It was SO beautiful!
As we were waiting for the tickets to enter, I could see rain clouds starting to form. And yes, the predictable happened, it rained! Oh how I love European weather in Spring. It rained like A LOT for half an hour or so, which is long I tell ya when you have acres of tulips to see and admire. So I thought “what the heck, I’m here just once, let’s walk in the inevitable rain!”…and just as my brave act was about to happen it stopped. Pff!!
Anyway, there are no words to describe how amazing it was there. The tulips, there were hundreds kinds of tulips and if you’re a tulip crazy like me then you will love it. There were even some farm animals in the middle of the garden, which sort of reminded me of my home where chickens run wildly (yes, I have chickens running around in my front yard back home). Oh, and by the way when I say garden, imagine your back garden then times it by 100. I had 3-4 hours and still didn’t go to every single part of it.
So, Keukenhof worth it? Depends, if you love the nature then yes. Try to visit the field of tulips – I didn’t get the chance to do that since we had to be back in Groningen by night so they were kinda hurrying us, which was not cool. All I could do was stare at the amazing rainbow-coloured fields of tulips in front of me.
Been to Keukenhof? Visited the fields? Tell me what you think!