Holland The Keukenhof Gardens
olland is the land of look. You know. The one that says
tulips. When it comes to I have bad news, but am going to
seeing tulips, no place in try to make it sound like good
the world outdoes the Keukenhof news. The powers that be wanted
Gardens. to go to the word famous
This was disappointing for two
The Keukenhof Gardens are located reasons. First, I had never heard
to the southwest of Amsterdam. I of the "famous" Kuekenhof
know this because I was visiting Gardens, thus bringing into doubt
Amsterdam with an old friend and the claim in my mind. Second, the
his wife. He and I had talked weighing of the scales of justice
about taking the tour at the were producing results decidedly
Heineken Brewery for days. in favor of a location that
Unfortunately, we only had two encompassed the word "beer"
days in Amsterdam and had missed versus one that highlighted
the tour on the first day. This "gardens." For the love of God,
was due to his wife having wet we were in Amsterdam!
hair because of a blow drier,
which meant we had to sit around An argument ensued and, of
until nature ran its course. This course, I lost. Off we went for a
was not a woman willing to rough day in the gardens. Oh, fun.
As happens more often than not, I
I arose on the second morning was wrong in my assumptions. In a
with visions of beer mugs in my one in a million occurrence,
mind. I knew that I was in "gardens" definitely outweighed
trouble as soon as he walked the "beer" option. The Keukenhof
through the door. He had that Gardens definitely deserve the
fame moniker, even if you've strolling. It is like standing in
never heard of them. the middle of a landscape
painting. The place is so big,
Keukenhof is perhaps the biggest you can rent bikes to put around
collection of flowers I have ever the grounds. To this end, the
seen. Located on 70 acres outside best time to go is in April when
of the town of Lisse, the gardens everything is in bloom.
are surreal. There are over 7
MILLION flowers on the grounds Against all my inherent male
with Tulips in full display. The attributes, I have to admit
location was previously the home visiting the gardens outdid
of a castle and accompanying anything the Heineken Brewery
lands, which gives you an idea of could offer. I also felt a heck
the layout. Essentially, you pay of a lot better the next morning!
$20 to enter and just start
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