Biking and paddling in a canoe, this in a wonderful and especially colorful world of flowers.
You can smell spring, and who knows, love is in the air.
Equipment: You can rent a bike at the main entrance of Keukenhof.
Directions: Near Haarlem
Bear with me and see reading as a sport :-)
Here's a book with the tulip at its center.
If you like an easy read, a bit of suspense and yet also a historical novel, than this is it. Actually, it reminds me of the rise and dramatic fall of shares in ICT companies. Seen that way, it is quite contemporary!
Below is the ISBN that you need to find and order the book online or in a bookshop.
Equipment: Tulip fever by Deborah Moggach
In 1630s Amsterdam, tulip fever has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. She is the prize he desires, the woman he hopes will bring him the joy that not even his considerable fortune can buy.
Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia's likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist. As the portrait unfolds, so a slow dance is begun among the household's inhabitants. Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception—and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.
- Historical Travel