[AMSTERDAM] Keukenhof Gardens Part Seven

| Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six |

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Outside of Keukenhof Gardens, there was this beautiful, seemingly endless plot of tulips in neat rows – a farm to which we had to mount a fence to gain access due to its privacy, emulating a stream of tourists who paved the way for our entry. This huge field was too breathtakingly awesome, I had to resist with all my might not to lie down in my bed of pink tulips!! Have never seen more beautiful flowers in such spectacular numbers. My dream absolutely came true right before my eyes!
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Spring, now I truly believe, is the season of rebirth.

Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[AMSTERDAM] Keukenhof Gardens Part Five

| Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four |

Roses are Red

Little Girl and her Tulips

Lakeside Lisse

Flowers and fields of tulips aside, Keukenhof has this little niche shops where they sell bulbs, seeds, seedlings and pots of yet-to-blossom flowers. I brought home a tiny pot of water hyacinth and some mauve tulips to grow on my own, but mostly my mom’s the one who’s really excited about watching it bloom! Bulbs

Hercules Plant

Bulbs from Netherlands

There’s also this petting farm with ducks, chickens, cocks, cows, horses and sheep. Stinks like a zoo too.Keukenhof Ducks

Keukenhof Ducks

Keukenhof Chicken

Keukenhof Farm

Keukenhof Touching Farm

Keukenhof Petting Zoo

Keukenhof Horse

Keukenhof Cow

A really expensive and small vanilla cone to counter-battle the drizzling cold weather.Keukenhof Icecream

Windmill – Keukenhof GardensKeukenhof WIndmill

A beautiful Emily Dickinson poem we came across on the way home.Keukenhof Quotes Tulip

Keukenhof Tickets

Many more pictures to come! I’ve filtered out my selfies and those pictures with me included, because those flowers on their own are too charismatic, I’ll just destroy their natural beauty.

Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[AMSTERDAM] Keukenhof Gardens Part One

With 7 million flower bulbs planted annually, Keukenhof Gardens is the world’s largest flower garden! The sheer amount of photographs I took at Keukenhof is evident of how enthralled and captivated I was by 79 acres of flowers in all colours, shapes and sizes. Open only in mid-March to mid-May, I was so thankful to be in Amsterdam at the mid-April high season!

We took 35-minute bus ride from Amsterdam city centre to Schiphol Airport, from which we bought the combi-tickets for 23 Euros, inclusive of entrance fees to Keukenhof as well as the bus journeys to and from Schiphol.

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Along the way to Keukenhof, there were so many private tulip farms and very grand, colourful fields of tulips!! Most of which are private farms though.

Keukenhof’s entrance looked small, but the park extends from this point on. Here’s my collection of floral eye-candies taken with Panasonic GF6, unfiltered and unedited. Took way too many but photographs like these are never enough. Enjoy and feel free to take or use these photos ^^

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Keukenhof pastel pink

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That’s it for now! I will be posting more photographs in Part Two where we ventured deeper into the park! In fact I’m barely scraping the entrance of the park here…the place is that huge.
Spring is so beautiful.

Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

SEOUL DIARIES 021: DONGNIMMUN GATE 독립문

In late 19th Century, the King was many-a-times escorted through Dongnimmun Gate, thereafter to demonstrate personal reception towards visiting Chinese envoys. Dongnimmun is 独立門 in Mandarin, the gate that signifies independence and free will of a country’s people. Built in 1897, the gate served to concretize South Korea’s sovereignty.

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Planted aesthetically in areas surrounding the independence gate are vessels of mugunghwa – South Korea’s national flower. This place is also known as Yongeunmun, after its current location that used to be known as Yongeun.

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True to form, Dongnimmun was built to proclaim the nation’s sovereignty – a grand spacious courtyard is dedicated solely for the King’s long walk to greet their allies from a foreign land. Majestic, isn’t it?
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I found a sense of solemnity to the place. The Dongnimmun Gate must have been an impressive structure in the initial years, but is now dwarfed by high-rise estates and interconnected highways of the metropolitan city. Yet it remains a silent and powerful testimony to the struggles of the people’s ancestors.

Here are some other monuments and effigies at Dongnimmun courtyard:

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The courtyard leads to Seoul’s Former Prison, a large space now barren and left empty for visitors. Dongnimmun is afterall a solemn place, and also an important national heritage site for South Koreans. 20140410-193746.jpg

YONGEUNMUN 영은문
945 Hyeonjeo-dong
Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
South Korea

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

SEOUL DIARIES 020: SIJEONG CITY HALL

Found: fresh fruits at Sijeong’s Yeongchun market! 20140410-193256.jpg

Got myself this box of seasonal strawberries which were so fresh and sweet. The ahjummas at the market even let you taste the strawberries before any payment. I’ve had really good strawberries in Germany earlier this week as well. Good food makes me feel so blessed to be alive.20140410-193315.jpg

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With the initial intention of heading towards Chandeokgung and all the palaces within the area, I’d found my way to Sijeong (City Hall) station. It was a weekend hence there was this impossibly long queue at the palace entrances. Following Plan B, I headed towards Seoul Museum of Art!

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As compared to LeeUm Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art was minimalist, more liberal and less technical in its presentations. I can’t decide which one I liked more – no favourites here.

Had some myeongdong KalGuksu (hand-made noodles) in the meantime, whilst lamenting the fact that I’m just not the type of person to join any form of queues, period. And I dislike jostling with huge crowds in limited spaces.
Funfact: there is no specific term for the fear of queues. Somebody needs to come up with a word for it!

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From Sijeong, I walked to Yongeunmun and Former Seoul Prison, which I will write about in the near future! But first, let me take a selfie.

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Oh well. Anybody knows what else is good at Sijeong station besides these historical sites?

 

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

SEOUL DIARIES OO5: HANGANG PARK

Yeouido Hangang Park

March 22, 2014: DAY THREE
I picked the perfect day with a gorgeous weather to explore the Yeouido Park! The trail cuts off at an intersection before leading to Yeouido Hangang Park (여의도 한강공원), which faces the Han River. Following this park trail, you can choose to jog along Han River or cross over to central Seoul via Yeoui-daero and Mapo-Bridge.

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With the endless, cloudless sky above and a shimmering crystal-blue waters of Han River before me: I’m one very blessed solo-venturer. No filters were used on these photographs! Look at the serene blueness of this beautiful scenery. I could wake up to this river every morning and lose myself in its immeasurable depths.

Hangang Yeouido Park

HAN RIVER KOREA

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han river seoul

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

SEOUL DIARIES OO4: YEOUIDO PARK

Yeouido Park Seoul

March 22, 2014: DAY THREE
Bright and early, I was up and headed for Yeoinaru Subway Station. When I found Yeouido Park (a short walk away), the place was already filled with morning joggers, cycling couples and the brisk-walking elderly!

The park is divided into theme-based sections: the Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest.

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This is the Cultural Event Square, lined by zelkova trees. Loads of performances and events are held here regularly. This is also where I began my walk from the beginning of the park to the end. I made a loop around Ecosystem Forest, walk back towards Cultural Event Square, before heading in the direction of Han River.20140331-233526.jpg

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I was tempted to cycle, until I realise the bicycles had to be returned at the start of the same trail! If you’re headed for Han River, it’s not too far to just go on foot, which I did. Of course, this was not before 2 mid-morning coffee breaks at Tous Les Jours and Orange Cafe.
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Yeouido Island Seoul

In April, cherry blossoms will line the streets of Yeouido. A pity I won’t be able to catch this beautiful sight! I did get to admire cherry blossoms in Jeju Island though ^^. In any way, flowers are in abundance on Yoi Island.
4 월에 여의도 벚꽃을 볼 것이다! 꽃은이 섬에 너무 아름다워~

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Statue of King Sejong at Yeouido Park
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A complete juxtaposition: traditional forests against the backdrop of sky-high concrete buildings in a metropolitan business city. Yeouido is also known as South Korea’s Wall Street.20140331-235534.jpg

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Plugged into my iPod, I’d conquered Yeouido Park in less than an hour. It’s not unusual for lone hikers/solo travellers to be walking this path alone, hence I felt completely at ease. Along the way, the scenic landscape distracted me from detecting my own exhaustion.

Perhaps of the mental clarity, with nothing in the environment I had to tune out from, a million thoughts were fighting to be heard in my head. This walk-in-the-park did me a world of good, and it just might be exactly what you need too.

I love nature so, so much.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

SEOUL 카운트 다운

구일에서 나는 인천에 도착하는거야. 혼자 여행있으니까 난 흥분과 약간의 긴장. 물론 걱정보다 기쁘다. 카페에서 읽고 서점을 방문하고 한강과 여의도 공원에서 산책, 혼자 여유로운 휴가가있을 것이다. 그리고 우리가 제주를 갈 것! 제주도에 날고 전에, 김포 공항에서 크리스씨를 만날. 오랫동안 제주에 가고 싶었!

여행하기 전에, 나는 한 번 (또는 두 번) 더 항공편을 날아해야! 좀 피곤 해~ 하지만 할 수있다. 항상 할 수있다~

여행 가자!! ^^

P.S. 사람들에서 휴식을 필요가 있다고 생각합니다. 조용한 곳으로 탈출이유거든요. 지난 개월 동안 만족하고 있지만, 뭔가 이상이다. 어떻게 말해? 행복해야하더라도 만족되지 않는다.

이제부터는 한국어로 일기를 쓸 것. 아무것도 몰라도, 나 한테 물어하지 않는다.
그리고 내 한국어가 잘못된 이면 정정하십시오~ ~

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

작년 휴스턴의 프리미엄 아울렛에서 쇼핑을중에이 사진을 찍었 ㅋ ㅋ ㅋ20140311-161729.jpg