No one goes to Amsterdam for the weather; it's rainy and windy for most of the year, although in summer there are beautiful evenings to be had sitting with a drink on a terrace beside a canal. On the other hand, from June through August the city centre is packed with tourists, leaving April (for the Tulip season) & May as the ideal time to go.
Fondest memory: Tulip fields in April......gorgeous
The Tulip garden at Keukenhof is one of the most serene and romantic place I have visited so far. Here you can find Tulips of all varieties and also buy bulbs and plants and books on flowers. the garden is pretty big and takes almost an hour or two depending on your love for flowers. The Tulip fields are nereby which produces for Export.
There is also a big lake inside and everything is well maintained and clean. Please check my profile for the link to mu home page where you will find many pictures of Tulips from this Garden.
Fondest memory: For anyone who loves flowers - this garden should be a must in your list of places. Please check the timie you are visiting as Tulips are generally found from May till September only.
Favorite thing: flower markets in Amsterdam were first held in 1862. They have since developed into the best-known flower market of Holland. Whatever your favorite flower, you are bound to find it here. Merchandise ranges from the traditional Dutch tulips and geraniums to delicate indoor cypresses and manobole plants from the Easter Islands. Typically Dutch souvenirs are sold too. In December the Singel market colors green with masses of Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes
If You are traveling to Amsterdam the latest weekend ind April, don`t forget to visit Haarlem, 20 km from Amsterdam, and the worlds most bigest and famous flowerpark nearby Lisse, Keukenhof. It is a MUST! And You will never forget it!
Amsterdam in late April is absoluteley wonderfull! Dont miss it!
four years ago when I visit Amsterdam, I saw the flower market in the distance and I promised myself to visit the market next time I was in Amsterdam.
I love flowers, and all these flowers where a nice suprise for my eyes :-)
The flower market can be found along the Singel canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein
Daily -9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m
Favorite thing: Simply couldn't avoid taking pic of these freshly cut tulips.... they are sooo F R E S H!!! It seems that they even crunch in your hands as new banknotes... (ok, not a very romantic comparison, but what can you expect from a banker? ;))
Ok, this place I missed while my last trip to AMS, probably got lost somewhere in RLD and joints' smoke.... :)))))
It's one of Amsterdam's landmarks, but nothing Special (with a big S), however a friend of mine asked me to buy an onion of amarillis, so there was no any better place for it!
The onion is still at my place, several days ago I found out that it started to grow, and I have no any bloody idea how to plant it.... better ask my friend to pick it up quickly!...
Elisabeth and I only took one excursion outside of Amsterdam and that was to the Floriade. This wonderous horticultural extravaganza was just amazing. Flowers from all over the world were on display and breathaking gardens where created throughout the grounds. This place was so big we didn't make it to all the attractions within the park. For anyone going to the Netherlands in the near future. Make an effort to go to the Floriade while it lasts. This event only occurs every 10 years. Granted, I didn't get to see the Windmills of the Netherlands but they will be there next year, the Floriade will not!
Our trip of the Netherlands was concentrated on Amsterdam and Hoofddorp which is the town nearest the Floriade. Enjoy my pages.
Favorite thing: Buy some bulbs. Plant in Autumn and by next spring you will have a lovely reminder of your trip. At the flower market some of the stalls are a bit tacky and touristy but we bought from one that sold mostly loose bulbs and they have all been of a high standard.
Just walk around in the center, there is a very special, undiscribable atmosphere, you have to feel it:-)Keep your camera standby, you'll find many things you'll want to photograph. Take a tour with one of the many boats that are cruesing the channels, don't miss the Flower Market (see photo)
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