I just want to start this post off by saying that if I'm every hungry (hangry), thirsty, hot, tired, sore... I can be a MAJOR brat. Anyone and everyone who's ever been close to me has known this. So, thank you for all of the people that have put up with me over the years. That sounds weird though... "put up with me". That sounds slightly pathetic and demeaning but I'm not sure how else to phrase it. Maybe... "Accepted me for who I am" works much better.
So, yeah...Keukenhof... It's one of the largest floral gardens and resides in Lisse, Netherlands.
Some fun facts:
-More than 50 MILLION people have visited since it first opened in 1950.
-More than 7 million bulbs are planted each year and are supplied by 100 bulb growers.
-At the end of the season the gardeners dig up the bulbs and destroy them (as ordered by the growers), and most are used as livestock feed.
- Keukenhof’s name has even older origins. Countess Jacoba van Beieren owned the land in the 15th century. The uncultivated land was used for hunting and gathering herbs for the castle’s kitchen, hence Keukenhof, or Kitchen Garden.
It costs 25 Euro per adult person to enter the gardens, and you have to take a train/bus to get to the location. It's kind of annoying actually... Especially on a hot ass summer day. We took a train to Schipol Airport and then boarded the bus to Lisse. We had found a combo pack that included everything (train, bus, Keukenhof ticket) I think for around 35 Euro?
When we got off the bus we could see Keukenhof in the distance. LARGE and in charge. The mid day sun was beating down on me and I was hungry, thirsty and hot. So basically a trifecta of disaster. I started being a little biatch since we had to walk what seemed like miles in a desert to reach the entrance. I was a brat to Brett, but then I sat in the shade at the entrance and seemed to gather my composure. (Shoutout to Brett for being an angel)
This is what the windmill looks like from the outside, the inside, and the balcony! I thought this was a pretty cool thing at Keukenhof.
AND here's some photos of tulips!!!
To be honest, I wasn't that impressed. I guess with all of the photos online I imagined Keukenhof to be.... I'm not sure... more mind blowing?
It was very manicured and structured and I thought there was going to be more tulips than there were? That seems insane, I know. But I've been to tulip festivals in Oregon and they have fields and fields and fields of tulips where you can just walk through them all. This was very pristine and fancy and I guess that's where it made me feel kind of blah. I get it though, it's a huge tourist attraction. I was also a little annoyed by the kind of people we were surrounded with.... ya know.. tourists. but not like ME.. like... the annoying kind. (hahaha)
So we just started being ridiculous and posed in front of weird things in weird poses and it started to make me feel better... but look how grumpy I was before that happened....
Now for the more light-hearted/fun stuff. Prepare yourself for the cuteness.
That's all folks!
I got the fun facts on Keukenhof from this article.