[AMSTERDAM] Keukenhof Gardens Part Seven

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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

suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going.
And I have trained myself to love it.
Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight,
that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight.

And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to.
But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings.
You may not know where you’re going,
but you know that so long as you spread your wings,
the winds will carry you.”
― C. JoyBell C.

fly

147. before I fall

“I’ve never really thought about it before, but it’s a miracle how many kinds of light there are in the world, how many skies: the pale brightness of spring, when it feels like the whole world’s blushing; the lush, bright boldness of a July noon; purple storm skies and a green queasiness just before lightning strikes and crazy multicolored sunsets that look like someone’s acid trip.”

 

“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”

“In my dream I know I am falling. But there is no up or down, no walls or sides or ceilings, just the sensation of cold and darkness everywhere. I am so scared I could scream. But when I open my mouth, nothing happens. And I wonder if you fall forever and never touch down, is it really still falling? I think I will fall forever.”

 

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

 

“I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”

“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don’t know.”

“I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it’s the effect or vice versa”

– Lauren Oliver