I finally made it back to Amsterdam last week. I have been wanting to visit for quite a while since this is where the Tulips are!

Right now they are in bloom. I especially wanted to see the rows and rows of tulips growing in the fields. Instead of looking for the fields we went to the amazing park at Keukenhof.DSC08118 I arrived in France on Saturday and we left Marseille for Amsterdam on Monday morning. Robin organized our trip. We were expecting iffy weather but were pleasantly surprised. We only had a tiny bit of rain.

We allotted 1 day to the Keukenhof Gardens where 16 acres are consecrated to the magnificent flowers.  7 million bulbs have been planted and most were in bloom this this past week.  You won’t see all of them in my photos but apparently they planted 800 varieties of tulips. From the amount of photos that I have included in this blog, you can see that I tried to take pictures of all of them. DSC08351 DSC08172 DSC08313 DSC08214DSC08282 DSC08170 DSC08190 DSC08266 DSC08149 DSC08179 DSC08355 DSC08227 DSC08162 DSC08153 DSC08188 DSC08139 DSC08468 DSC08142 DSC08189DSC08384 2015 is the the Van Gogh year in Keukenhof.  This year is the 125th anniversary of his death.

Keukenhof isn’t just for adults. The little ones will adore the playground, the goats, rabbits, peacocks, chickens , potbelly pigs and sheep.

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And here are some closeups of the flowers.DSC08276 DSC08132 DSC08222 DSC08372 DSC08182 DSC08157 DSC08199 DSC08146 DSC08194 DSC08166 DSC08457 DSC08146

Once all the the bulbs have finished blooming, the 30 plus gardeners will remove them from the ground.  The bulbs will then be destroyed.  In September, they will begin planting the new bulbs for 2016.   It will take them 3 months to get all the new bulbs planted.

After seeing this display, I will have to plant tulips next fall, and not just the plain ones.

Keukenhof is open from 20 March – 17 May 2015 and from 08.00 – 19.30. The ticket office is open from 08.00 – 18.00.  Dogs are permitted in the park if they are on leash.