|A Hoberman sphere|
Turns out we could have gone to the Keukenhof, because it quit raining by 11 AM and turned into a nice, if cold day.
|On our way back home|
Today dawned windy & chilly but mostly sunny, so we headed to the Keukenhof fairly early, arriving around 10:15. It was a quiet day in the gardens; only about 200 busses and the parking lot was only ¾ full when we arrived. It's popular. There had to be 50,000 people there today, but that's a quiet day, and the place is big enough to handle it.
We took over 700 photos today, mostly flowers (there are apparently 7 million bulbs here). I could bore you with them all, but I won't. Hence a small sampling of some things.
|No matter where you go, the gardens are artfully laid out|
|A duck photobombs this flower|
|A blue road to somewhere|
|This art piece reminded me of the monolith from 2001: A Space Oddessey|
|A good use for a dead Beetle|
|The have a windmill|
|The crowd in front of said windmill|
|One of my fave pieces of art in the gardens|
|What's a garden without gnomes?|
|What's THAT doing there?|
|A giant flower made out of flowers|
|Colour, colour and more colour|
|Boardwalks and water flumes|
|The oldest continuously grown tulip in Holland: first cultivated in 1535|
|Fields of bulbs just outside the gardens|
One weird highlight of the day: one of the most memorable things for us from our last trip to the Keukenhof in 2011 was lunch. Awesome "beenham" sandwiches from a cart, and we've been making them at home ever since, though never coming close to how good they were here. We even asked my Dutch friend Edwin about them to try to improve on my recipe.
We found the cart again.
|If you ever come to Keukenhof, find this cart. It's by the mill.|