Holland Tulip Experience : Visiting Keukenhof Gardens

Who says that tulips have no scent? After spending several hours sticking my nose inside more than three dozen varieties, I discovered that not only are tulips perfumed, their fragrances vary dramatically. Some smell of potato peels and pear brandy, others of cloves soaked in honey and crushed green buds. Lemon, moss, wet earth, rose, carrots, and apricots are some other scents I wrote down in my notebook. A dusky purple hybrid called Cuban Night reminded me of waxed wooden floors. Some varieties may smell lighter than others, but all of them have a distinctive perfume.

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Every spring the flower fields in the Netherlands burst into bloom, transforming the surrounding countryside into a surreal painting of vivid red, yellow, and blue.  At the height of tulip mania in the 17th century, a single bulb could cost as much as a house, but even after the economic bubble burst, the flower remained a distinctive national symbol. Today, the flowering fields draw lots of visitors, and one of the most popular destinations is the Keukenhof, considered to be the world’s largest flower garden.

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Located near Lisse, the Keukenhof is easy to visit from Amsterdam (there is a convenient bus route) and an easy driving distance from Brussels. Of course, I say this as an American who is used to a two hour work commute and still amazed that in that time you can cross three European countries. Given this relative proximity, a visit to the tulip fields has been on my agenda since spring made its tentative appearance.

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Although I suspected that a visit would be worth a drive, I wasn’t prepared for such a dazzling sensory experience. More than 7 million bulbs (4.5 million of which are tulips) are planted on the Keukenhof grounds each year, and as you walk through the elegant park and then in the farmer’s fields nearby, you realize why a delicate tulip blossom could have started such a craze.  The Netherlands has 2,500 officially registered varieties of tulips, and the colors, shapes and textures are extraordinarily varied, ranging from delicate White Dream (it smells surprisingly lemony) to sultry Merlot (spicy and earthy).

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While tulips are as Dutch as wooden clogs and windmills, the Keukenhof is also awash in hyacinths, daffodils and other flowers. I loved the hyacinth beds for their bright colors and heady perfume of spicy roses and green almonds. “If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,/ And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,/ Sell one, and with the dole/ Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul,” I quoted the Persian poet Saadi to my husband but he didn’t listen and gently guided me towards a truck selling warm stroopwafels, treacle waffles filled with cinnamon perfumed caramel.

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The fields just outside the park are devoted to flowers grown for the bulbs, rather than the blossoms, and you can walk through them after visiting the main garden. The fields spread as far as the eye can see, and if you weren’t already overwhelmed by the flowers in the Keukenhof, then here you’re sure to feel intoxicated. I certainly did, and instead of being able to say anything coherent, I could only gasp.

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The flower season lasts for only a few weeks and then the buds on the flowers in the fields are snipped off to encourage the bulbs to grow. But for now, it’s a chance to step into an Impressionist painting.

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Practical Information:

The flower blooming season starts at the end of March and continues to the end of May, but it depends on the weather. Since there are many different kinds of plants blooming at different times, you can be sure to enjoy some beautiful colors and scents. This year the gardens are open from March 21 to May 20 2013. Whenever you go, make sure to arrive early, since the gardens can get crowded, especially on the weekend.

You can easily spend a whole day at the Keukenhof, and there are several cafés on the premises. You can also pack  a picnic, as I’ve seen many people do.

If you’re staying in Amsterdam, you can book a visit to the Keukenhof via their website (click here for more information.) Or check the GoAmsterdam website  for other transportation options.

Keukenhof (office)
Stationsweg 166a
2161 AM LISSE
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0) 252 465 555
www.keukenhof.nl

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Photography by Bois de Jasmin

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79 Comments

  • Cornelia Blimber: Beautiful pictures, and eloquent tribute to our Keukenhof! There are many different tulips indeed; my favorites are the red and white ones called ”Lustige Witwe”. They smell like apples.
    Thank you for this gorgeous article! May 2, 2013 at 7:25am Reply

    • Victoria: I must have taken close to 700 photos! Keukenhof was worth a day trip, and in general, I love The Netherlands, and everywhere I’ve been, I had such a great time. May 2, 2013 at 7:35am Reply

    • nikki: Oh I love those, too, didn’t know they were called that, thank you! My other favorites are parrot tulips. May 2, 2013 at 10:36am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Yes, parrot tulips are very beautiful; you can see them on Dutch stillevens from the 17th century. May 2, 2013 at 12:03pm Reply

        • Victoria: Here are some parrot tulips. I loved them too.
          Parrot Tulips May 2, 2013 at 1:19pm Reply

          • Cornelia Blimber: Wow! Thank you! I can almost smell them. May 2, 2013 at 3:38pm Reply

  • Betsy: I visited Keukenhof several years ago with my family and I was overwhelmed by the beauty. I wish I had taken more time to note the different fragrances! The funny thing is, my Dutch friend here in the States brushed Keukenhof off as bad tourist attraction. Outrageous! This is a beautiful park very worthy of a visit. May 2, 2013 at 7:27am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s touristy, of course, but it’s gorgeous! It’s best to go as soon as they open in the morning, since later on, it can get really crowded. Their flower beds and displays are stunning, and the care that went into making sure that everything looks exquisite is impressive. The flower fields nearby are stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it. May 2, 2013 at 7:30am Reply

  • Martha: What a beautiful post. Tulips are probably my favorite flowers. I was born and raised in Mich., and after a long winter the tulips were among the first flowers to appear in the spring. When I was young, my family and I went to the tulip festival in Holland, MI. I still have my wooden shoes though not as pretty as the pair in your photo. May 2, 2013 at 8:02am Reply

    • Liz: Are they just for decoration or do people also wear them? May 2, 2013 at 8:47am Reply

    • Victoria: I checked online and it looks like Holland MI hosts its tulip festival the second week of May.

      Tulip is one of my favorite flowers too. I have such nice associations with it, because at home my mom and I would receive big bouquets of red tulips as soon as they were available, and I associate them with spring. May 2, 2013 at 11:36am Reply

  • Liz: Wow! That’s all I can say!! May 2, 2013 at 8:46am Reply

    • Victoria: I didn’t expect how bright the colors would be! May 2, 2013 at 11:37am Reply

  • Nicola: Thank you. I have encountered a problem at work in a fiddly task I am engaged with and it had a dampening effect on my mood. However I am much cheered up on reading your lovely post and gazing at the pictures. Hyacinths are amongst my favourite flowers and I love that Persian poet quote. May 2, 2013 at 9:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Nicola, sending you lots of scented tulips to take your mind off the work troubles (and I hope that the troubles vanish without a trace).

      When I was in school, we had to memorize some Saadi poems by heart (in Russian though), and the hyacinth one was my favorite. (My husband protests, by the way, and says that he was listening.) :) May 2, 2013 at 11:40am Reply

      • solanace: You make me want to send my kids to a Russian school! May 2, 2013 at 1:05pm Reply

        • Victoria: :) Unfortunately, from what I understand, the Russian schools are no longer the same. The education section has suffered terribly from the lack of funds and support. May 2, 2013 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Zazie: Oh, those pictures (and your descriptions) are amazing!
    I love flowers and gardens, so you really got me daydreaming with those stripes of vivid colors (and scents)!
    If you found the tulip craze an interesting subject, you might enjoy a good (fictional) book on the subject. It’s titled Semper Augustus and it’s by the french author Olivier Bleys.
    BTW you look charming and happy against that beautiful spread of blue hyacinths! May 2, 2013 at 9:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you! It was such a lovely day, and we were lucky with the weather. Considering how exhausting the previous few weeks have been, it was a much needed break.

      I’ll definitely look for this book, since this topic fascinates me. In former life of economics and polisci, I studied the tulip craze as an economic phenomenon, and I still find it intriguing. May 2, 2013 at 11:43am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: You could also read ”La Tulipe Noire” by Alexandre Dumas. The setting is in Holland, 17th century. It is all about tulipomania, money, politics. May 2, 2013 at 12:00pm Reply

        • Victoria: I haven’t read it, except small passages in my French literature class, so yes, it’s now on my list. Thank you! May 2, 2013 at 12:06pm Reply

        • solanace: And in my list too. May 2, 2013 at 1:07pm Reply

        • Annikky: Glad you mentioned La Tulipe Noir! Not Dumas’s best, but still a nice read. I’ve always been a fan of the elder Alexander, though, so I might be slightly overenthusiastic on the subject. May 3, 2013 at 7:54am Reply

          • Annikky: La Tulipe Noire would also make a great name for a perfume, especially considering the latest trends. May 3, 2013 at 7:57am Reply

            • Victoria: It really would be! I wouldn’t be surprised if it were already trademarked. May 3, 2013 at 9:41am Reply

  • Ari: Oh, oh! Your photography takes my breath away! (My favorite are those dark, vampy purple tulips!) May 2, 2013 at 9:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Ari! Now, looking at the photos, I really feel that I didn’t capture the most of it. It’s such a dazzling, incredible experience. May 2, 2013 at 11:44am Reply

  • Gerda: Lovely article with great pictures about my lovely country (well a little part of it). Strange, in all my life I have only visited De Keukenhof 1 time. But it is indeed wonderful. Surely it is touristy but I would never say it is not worth visiting. It is a great experience. I love all the colours! Thank you Victoria for this lovely posting. May 2, 2013 at 9:31am Reply

    • Victoria: Gerda, it was one of my favorite trips that I’ve taken recently, and if I’m in Europe next spring, I’ll return.

      You know, in my years of living in and close to New York, I haven’t once been to the Ellis Island to visit the Statue of Liberty. When you live close, you think that you can always visit and then it keeps getting postponed. But see, at least you’ve been to the Keukenhof once! :) I’ll have to mend my ways about the Ellis Island once I’m back. May 2, 2013 at 11:48am Reply

      • Gerda: Oh Victoria, I actually lived in NYC, on Manhattan for 3 years. And never made it to Ellis Island. Oops! So I know exactly how that goes. :)

        Actually going to Amsterdam tomorrow: perfume shopping!!! Going to finally pick up my
        Coromandel! May 2, 2013 at 2:36pm Reply

        • Victoria: Have fun! I finally got my Coromandel last year after some deliberation, and I haven’t regretted it for a moment.
          Speaking of perfume shopping, what are your favorite places in Amsterdam? May 2, 2013 at 2:57pm Reply

          • Gerda: I do most of my shopping on line. For Coromandel I am going to the special Chanel shop and Skins Cosmetics I am going to visit for Frederic Malle. But most of the stores are on Internet as well, which makes it easy to shop.
            There is also a store that carries Montale: Danny Diob. May 2, 2013 at 3:26pm Reply

            • Cornelia Blimber: Hallo, Gerda! Veel plezier! That shop is Dany Diop, Spiegelgracht 6. He carries Andy Tauer and other brands as well. May 2, 2013 at 3:36pm Reply

              • Victoria: Thank you both! May 3, 2013 at 6:27am Reply

              • Gerda: Thanks Cornelia. What a superb day for Amsterdam. Lovely weather, great shops!! Spent way too much money but it was lovely all the way! And ofcourse, Dany Diop! May 3, 2013 at 4:30pm Reply

  • Emma M: Lovely photos Victoria – those stripes of colour! And I would love to smell the Cuban Night variety that is reminiscent of waxed wooden floors. Can you think of any perfumes that capture this fragrance, or any aspects of your scent experiences at the Keukenhof?

    (Btw, I’m obsessed with Stroopwafel and spent a good six months last year trying to find somewhere in the UK where I could buy the proper ones with cinnamon in…) May 2, 2013 at 9:43am Reply

    • Victoria: I don’t know about perfume, but Cire Trudon Solis Rex (Versailles’ Wood Floors) candle smells close. I sniff it every time I spot a tester, but so far the novelty of the scent and the price have stopped me.

      It may sound like blasphemy, but I liked stroopwafel even more than the Belgian ones. :) May 2, 2013 at 11:58am Reply

  • Tatiana: The Keukenhof Gardens and tulip fields were one of the highlights of our year long stay in the Netherlands. I have a photo of myself standing in a tulip field very much like the one you posted, except that I was pushing the breeze blown hair out of my eyes and I was seven months pregnant. While we have lovely florists here, they don’t compare to the ones I frequented while living in the Netherlands. The Dutch truly have a way with flowers.
    I am glad you got to experience and enjoy this visual and sensory delight. May 2, 2013 at 10:25am Reply

    • Victoria: :) It was very windy then too, and it’s probably the only photo in which I don’t have hair plastered to my face.

      You’re right about the Dutch and flowers. The florist shops in the Netherlands are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen. May 2, 2013 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: Absolutely beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing! May 2, 2013 at 10:53am Reply

    • Victoria: My pleasure! I’m glad you liked them. May 2, 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

  • Mary: Victoria, I’ve never been to the Keukenhof and I live in Holland! Dit you ever have the chance to try: la tulipe perfume by Byredo??? May 2, 2013 at 11:11am Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t tried La Tulipe yet, but I hear that it’s very nice, and I plan to try it soon. I’m even more inspired to find it now. May 2, 2013 at 12:01pm Reply

  • Ariane: Oh Victoria,what lovely photos,and the Saadi quote really touched my heart!Would love to go there,here in Barcelona,you don’t get a proper spring feeling,but I mustn’t complain,the weather is so beautiful,but I miss spring in the North of Europe! May 2, 2013 at 11:12am Reply

    • Victoria: The winter here is unpleasant, but the spring more than makes up for it. I do envy your beautiful weather though. Since I completely fell in love with Barcelona during my one trip there, I dream to return one day. May 2, 2013 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Rowanhill: Isn’t the place just a treat for eyes, nose and sould. Saadi put it perfectly. I have not been there this year yet but went twice last year. My favourites are the tulps with petals shifting from pale pinks to oranges as if washed by very wet water colours. I love the peony tulips too and the black ones are magnificent. The flower beds with a mix of flowers with perfect colour coordination are also so pretty, like the perfect medow. May 2, 2013 at 11:37am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s really incredible! I really didn’t anticipate how beautiful it would be, and I now recommend everyone wanting to visit Europe to plan their trips to Amsterdam around the tulip blooming season. It’s so worth it!

      I also loved the white tulips delicately edged in pink. They looked like watercolor drawings of themselves. May 2, 2013 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Ruth: So spectacular! Here in Washington state we have the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which runs the entire month of April. Just an hour north of Seattle. I’ve always loved tulip scents (although I don’t have your nose for the subtleties) and was astonished once to find a tulip scented candle by Seda. It was too expensive for me, so I don’t know how it smelled when burning, but unlit it was an exact match. May 2, 2013 at 12:17pm Reply

    • Victoria: At one of my old jobs, we had a beautiful tulip accord that I loved diluting and wearing on its own. But unfortunately, it wasn’t used prominently in any commercial fragrances. So, I now want to try Byredo’s La Tulipe to see if it captures any of the tulip scents I’ve experienced at the gardens.

      My friends in WA mentioned the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival to me, and it sounds like another great tulip destination. So far I’ve only visited WA once and only Seattle. May 2, 2013 at 12:28pm Reply

  • solanace: These pictures are gorgeous! Holland is one of my favorite countries in the world (you know how I feel about bicicles) and this is just plain amazing, one day I’ll take my kids to run in these fields! Thank’s for this lovely post! May 2, 2013 at 1:16pm Reply

    • Victoria: Kids had a lot of fun in the fields. Since the tulips in those fields are grown just for bulbs, you can freely walk through the rows. It was cute to see kids gingerly touch and sniff flowers.

      I’ve never seen as many bicycles as I have in the Netherlands! No wonder Dutch are so toned and fit. May 2, 2013 at 1:23pm Reply

      • solanace: Call me a hippie, but it kills me inside that in my country people will drive their SUVs to a climatized mall in order to use an elletric ergometric bike. Yikes!

        Oh my, if I ever let the kid run over the flowers, he might like the idea… May 3, 2013 at 5:16am Reply

        • Victoria: You’re talking to someone who hates gyms. I used to go swimming, but now I dislike the whole gym thing so much, I no longer do. I prefer to get my exercise some other way. And I like the pleasure of taking a walk to do my errands.

          Some kids tried that, but they were stopped. But there was plenty of running between the rows. Overall, there is plenty of space just to take a walk. May 3, 2013 at 6:43am Reply

  • Rachel: Gorgeous! Thank you for a beautiful post. I feel transported through your words and photos. May 2, 2013 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Victoria: Glad that you liked it, and I hope that those who have a chance to visit, take the opportunity. It is such a memorable experience! May 3, 2013 at 6:30am Reply

  • Andy: Wish I were there! The tulips look so gorgeous. I can see this is a must-see if I’m ever fortunate enough to be in the Netherlands in the springtime. I the meantime. your pictures and writing really transported me to the Keukenhof.

    And I love the scent of tulips! They are one of my earliest scent memories. The tulips that I remember smelled perfect—an even balance of peppery green sap, dusky rose, and earthen spice. I haven’t smelled enough recently though, to notice the nuances between varieties. May 2, 2013 at 6:41pm Reply

    • Victoria: I have never smelled this many varieties side by side, and the diversity of scents took me by surprise.

      Given your interests in plants and landscaping, Andy, you would enjoy visiting there, and I hope that it will happen soon. May 3, 2013 at 6:33am Reply

  • Thai: You make me so excited for my upcoming time in Holland! Last weekend I went to a park near Seoul and I was made HYPER by (the small number of) tulips there. Imagine how frantic/psyched I will be when I actually visit Keukenhof :D
    By the way here are some Korean (?) tulip photos if you would like to see. Spring is beautiful http://lacrymamosa.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/leisure-perfect-spring-day-at-ilsan-lake-park-goyang-gyeonggi-do/ May 2, 2013 at 6:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Oh, Ilsan Lake Park is gorgeous, and when the cherries are blooming, it must be incredible. You look very pretty surrounded by the tulips.

      Enjoy your time in the Netherlands! It’s a great country, and there is really a lot to discover (not to mention its neighboring countries like Belgium :) May 3, 2013 at 6:35am Reply

  • erry: Beautiful picture Victoria!! I really want to visit it again. May 2, 2013 at 10:24pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you! I was there for just a day, and I really hope to return. May 3, 2013 at 6:36am Reply

  • Karen: Fun post! And I am sure by now most people realize that although we associate tulips with Holland, they originate from the region of Turkey, Iran through Central Asia. The species bulbs are worth growing as many are very, very fragrant! The flowers are much smaller, but it is fun to grow the species tulips for the history and their beauty. May 3, 2013 at 5:19am Reply

    • Victoria: I got a kick out of discovering that the word tulip came down, via many permutations in different languages, from a Turkish word of “muslin” (and possibly a Persian word for “turban”). Seems so fitting for this delicate flower.

      What are the species bulbs, Karen? You mean the original variety (more or less,) rather than hybrids? May 3, 2013 at 6:47am Reply

      • Karen: Yes, exactly. The species tulips (and other plants as well) are the “original” ones, usually found in the wild by plant collectors. Plant breeders would then use them to create hybrids. The species tulips are shorter and much hardier (as well as fragrant to attract pollinators!). Supposedly Dutch merchants saw tulips while trading in Turkey during the 16th century and brought bulbs back with them. (sorry for the long winded response!) May 3, 2013 at 2:46pm Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you! This was fascinating, Karen. You’ve inspired me to google species tulips, and I even discovered some beautiful Ottoman era tulip patterns used for fabrics, embroideries, tiles, etc. I got married in India, and according to the tradition, I had my hands and feet painted with henna. Now, looking at these tulip patterns I recognize some of the same motifs from my henna decorations. A little tulip traveled a long way! May 3, 2013 at 3:19pm Reply

          • Karen: Wonderful how images travel, isn’t it! The stylized Turkish tulips typically have long pointed flower petals. Besides tulips, you will find lots of chrysanthemums, hyacinths, and roses in textiles, tiles and art work. The gardens during the 1500’s/1600’s must have been amazing! May 3, 2013 at 6:39pm Reply

            • Victoria: Once you mentioned it, I’ve noticed that the petals curve outward, rather than inward as many more commonly available tulips do. May 4, 2013 at 7:12am Reply

  • Annikky: I am constantly late to the party these days – April and May are some of the busiest months for me. But I couldn’t leave this post without a comment, as I love tulips and the pictures are just beautiful. Thank you!

    In my childhood, everyone seemed to grow daffodils and tulips. I considered the common yellow daffodils to be inferior to creamy-colored daffodils, while tulips trumped both. I have always been fascinated with the dark varieties (probably because they weren’t available when I was a child and seemed so special) and bought my mother some Queen of the Night bulbs from Amsterdam when I had the chance.

    About the same time last year, there was a tulip exhibition at Tallinn Botanical Garden, organized in co-operation with the Embassy of the Netherlands. 50 000 tulips of different varieties blooming at the same time was already very impressive, so I can only imagine 4.5 million… I remember the particular day we visited also because I was wearing Iris Silver Mist for the first time and in the absence of a tulip scent (I haven’t tried Byredo yet), it was perfect – fitting the damp earth, chilly air and the delicate scent of flowers to a T. May 3, 2013 at 8:22am Reply

    • Victoria: I didn’t wear any perfume, but if I did, I would probably pick Iris Silver Mist or something similarly cool. I imagine that it matched the scents of flowers and cool earth perfectly.

      My great grandmother grew daffodils and tulips too, but tulips were her favorites. I kept thinking as I walked through the gardens how much she would have loved the experience. I remember helping her clean and sort out the bulbs in the summer and plant them in the fall. My favorite part of snipping off the flower heads to encourage the bulbs to grow, because then I got to keep the blossoms and play with them. :)

      Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoyed my little virtual tour. May 3, 2013 at 9:51am Reply

  • Nancy A.: Hi V,

    What a treat to see the Dutch gardens. I love all flowers and when it comes to tulips — French tulips do it for me. They’re so elegant.
    Love your description of the scent of tulips.
    Sounds like you had a beautiful day. May 3, 2013 at 12:42pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m sitting at my desk right now and dreaming of being back to smell those tulips. After you mentioned them, I’m curious about French tulips, because I don’t know much about different varieties. May 3, 2013 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Austenfan: Well, I am Dutch, and have never visited de Keukenhof. As a true contrarian I am just not that fond of tulips. I kind of like them on a vase, but much prefer daffodils and crocuses as bulb flowers in a garden.
    I am very glad that you enjoyed it. I am sure that the colours are very impressive. My father is originally from the area near Lisse, and my grandparents lived near there as well. So the sight of these long intensely colourful fields is very familiar.

    I was never aware of the fact that Dutch flower shops were that good until I read it somewhere in a Flemish book. The author was very impressed by finding really good bouquets almost anywhere in Holland. After reading that and paying more attention to flower markets abroad, I have to say that he is probably right. Whereas vegetables will be arranged incredibly well in France or Belgium on market stalls or in shops, they are just not as good with flowers. May 5, 2013 at 11:48am Reply

    • Victoria: I can completely understand this. I have a Bulgarian friend who lives in the region producing the famous roses for the perfume industry, and whenever I start waxing poetic on how wonderful the area must be during the blooming season, she just replies shrugs, “Ah, there is nothing but roses.” :) May 6, 2013 at 3:54am Reply

  • Lindaloo: Gorgeous photos as usual. I especially like the vistas of the fields; the last one in particular puts me in mind of Mondrian. May 8, 2013 at 5:40am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Linda! You know, when I saw that stretch of fields, I said to my husband that it’s like being in a Mondrian painting. It’s so striking. May 12, 2013 at 9:38am Reply

  • Fumehead in France: Loved seeing/reading this and finally decided to visit Keukenhof this past Spring after so many other failed attempts. A fan of tulips, I was in heaven (in spite of the weather). Afterwards I needed a “tulip fix” and purchased La Tulipe EdT by Byredo and now, I absolutely love being surrounded by millions of tulips everywhere I go.

    You blog is beyond fabulous and kudos are merited! June 27, 2013 at 9:29am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! I’m so happy that you’ve made this trip and enjoyed Keukenhof. The setting is beautiful, and even if the weather is dull and grey, the colors just light up the scene.

      Ok, La Tulipe is definitely on my to-try list now. It’s been on it for a while, so the next time I’m near the Byredo counter, I will give it a go. June 27, 2013 at 11:24am Reply

  • Rosemary: Love this post and the pictures! I’m going to Keukenhof in less than 2 weeks. Can’t wait to see all of this in person!!! April 13, 2014 at 2:35am Reply

    • Victoria: Have fun, Rosemary! It’s such a gorgeous place, and with our sunny weather this spring, everything must be blooming even better than last year. April 13, 2014 at 9:23am Reply

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