The French have an expression which says “tell it with flowers!”. After a number of posts of mutiple scenic locations, I thought the timing was right to display a few pictures of flowers as a way to put an end to the grim times of the ‘rona, the dark times of winter and celebrate spring.
To that purpose, I jumped in the car and decided to go to Keukenhof gardens no less, THE most famous garden in the Netherlands which is open only for a short period of time every year (March 24th to May 15th in 2022).
After a drive just short of 3 hours because there was heavy traffic going north, I finally arrived at my destination.
It was already late morning, and there were quite a few people in the queue before me, especially for parking, but things are well organized and I was able to get through in no time.
There were many visitors walking through the park but this did not prevent me from enjoying it, and take a few shots without too much trouble.
Before leaving, I was frought with anguish about what to put in my bag. Should I take my old faithful, Ebay sourced Leica macro lens for instance? Eventually, I kept it simple, just took my usual set, and ended up using my favorite glass, the CV 21.
The park is quite large, with a surface of approximately 32ha (79 acres).
If you are a nature fan, this is quite a place. You can also purchase some gardening merchandise, a wide selection is available.
If you are to go there, I recommend you arrive early.
I clearly understimated the time it would take me to go from Brussels.
To give some sense of direction, it is located some 210km (120 miles) from the latter or 40km (25miles) south west of Amsterdam.
The languages I heard during my short visit included Dutch (of course), French, German, and English
One point which is of course quite important , if you can, check the weather before planning your visit so as to ensure it will be at least acceptable or even good, definitely not a given in the area…
I hope that from now on, you will also enjoy what the French want to express by saying “dites le avec des fleurs !”.
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