This year the famous flower parade was a bit later than usual, on the
first weekend of May. As often before we went to Noordwijkerhout on
Friday eve and enjoyed the sea of flowers, colours+parfums! Dive in, can
you smell them ? :-)
After seeing the flower fields from close and inside we were curious to
see them againf rom up in the air. As last year we contacted the
friendly and professional LionAir and book one hour "bloemenvlucht".
With Michel as pilot we flew over Leide, keukenhof, Lisse,
Noordwijkerhout and then along the coast: Wassenar, Scheveningen,
Monster and Rotterdam...Again an amazing experience and perfect weather
with fantatstic colours!
Second half of April tons of tourists come over to the Netherlands to
see the spring park Keukenhof and also the flower fields. Most of them
however only travel around in Bollenstreek, the flower-bulb-area between
Leiden and Haarlem. HOWEVER there are some amazing tulip fields a bit
more north in Flevoland. The wide and long fields in this flat and new
Dutch province are perfect for growing of potatoes and .... flowers!
There is space, abundance of colours and guess what: no other tourists.
So if you are curious to spot and photogrpaph some amazing tulips fields
just drive to Noordoostpolder and enjoy the view. There are also sign
for a bike tulipfestival-route, so you cant get lost:-)
While most people were busy searching chocolate eggs or eating real ones
this weekend, we went for a short nature tour in the north of the
Netherlands. The provinces north of Amsterdam: Friesland and Groningen
are lovely places to get in touch with nature, bike, hike, meet some
happy sheep and other wildlife. Lauwersmeer, a national park, builds a
partial border between the two provinces.
The Easter Sunday started with brunch at the beautiful Theefabriek, the
only teamuseum (and tearoom) located in the old church-building of the
cozy village Houwerzijl. I have reported about this great place 3 years
ago here. After being spoiled there with delicious teas and food, the
adventurous visitors (as us) went to Kollumerwaard and met the nature
guide Klaas. He took us for a 7-km-walk in the National Park area and
explained us patienly and lovingly about the birds, plants, trees, toads
and other living beings we encountered on our way. Herewith a big
Bedankt (thanks) to the singing birds, colourful butterflies and Klaas
for the knowledge!
The Netherlands never seize to amaze me! Here we have
the online "buienradar" (literally "storm radar") telling us in how many
minutes next rain or storm is coming, very practical when you are by
bike...When you have a drink with friends you may spot the funny
"zonnenradar" (sunshine radar) on some beer bottles (most probably to
remind the Dutch that they get sunburnt quiet easily)... and in the
spring we have the "bloemenradar"-page (flower radar), showing people in
pictures how many flowers are already out! So after learning and
checking the flower radar on Friday I made my weekends plan:-)
has been very nice, gentle and warm with us this year, here in the low
lands! The great and sunny March invited all spring bulb flowers to come
outside the ground earlier than usual (and aslo much earlier than last
year)! Already for two weeks colourful flower carpets decorate the
famous Bollenstreek between Leiden and Amsterdam. Here are the visual
proofs of the flower-photo-tour! Enjoy the colours!
Lovely that you stopped by:-) Living+working now for 8 years in the Netherlands. Originally I am from Sofia, Bulgaria. I enjoy working as a freelance journalist& photographer, while I discover Europe and the rest of the big world...