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Keukenhof: A Photolog

Lisse, Holland
Keukenhof is a beautiful flower garden about 10 miles south of Haarlem.
We rode the white-tail Dutch bikes from B&B Paula on a perfect day.


This is a peek at the 70 acres of beauty at Keukenhof, Lisse, Nederland.

Our objective on this beautiful May afternoon was the flower garden at Keukenhof, located half way between Haarlem and Leiden.

Google Map
A small map of Holland indicating 
Keukenhof relative to Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, The Hague, and Utrecht.
Carpe diem. Vivere bene! Gratia Deo.

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A Bike Ride Through the Tulip Fields.



Aerdenhout Thatched Roof House

We set out on our journey from B&B Paula on the west side of Haarlem. Going south we passed through the affluent suburb of Aerdenhout where you see many beautiful homes such as this thatched roof mansion.

Purple Tulip Field

Ah ha. Only 20 minutes south of B&B Paula we come across our first tulip field.

Double Decker Train

Well, you must know that this is Holland because there goes one of those double decker Dutch commuter trains flying south from Haarlem to Leiden. They'll get there before we do but we are smelling the flowers. Hyacinths drive me crazy. No sails on the windmill today.

Bloemen Te Koop

You can stop here and buy some flowers. Two bos (bundles) of tulips cost only €2.50 (~$3.90) and 20 roses are a steal at € 3.50 (~$5.40). The makelaar is a real estate agent offering the house next door te koop (for sale) for probably a princely sum.

Wild Red

Another field of stunning wild red.

Tip Toe

Here is photographic evidence that people actually do tip toe through the tulips.

Another Rainbow

Here is another part of the ground level rainbow south of Haarlem.

Welkom

A village extends its welcome, also in church on Sunday at 10:00. The auto road narrows four times, but not the red bicycle road. Bicycles, called fietsen in Holland, are the preferred way to get around in this small country. Everybody has a few bikes. Paula pauses while I shoot.

Road Sign

If you are driving follow the blue signs. The number next to the name of each town is the distance in kilometers. Each kilometer is 6/10 of a mile. N 206 is a route number. The N208 is a more direct route from Haarlem but the N206 has less traffic and more tulip fields. Click the Google map above for details.

Bike Road Sign

If you are riding a bike follow the red bordered signs. Hey, we are getting close! Keukenhof is only three kilometers away. That's less than two miles and the sky is still blue. This is our lucky day.

Green Bikes

What a welcome sight this is, a cafe. We stopped for a traditional Dutch beverage, that pale orange liquid with a white foamy head. An Italian family had rented those four green bikes in Leiden for their journey to Keukenhof.

First Patch

Finally we arrive at Keukenhof after two hours of strenuous lolling about on the bicycles, having a beverage at the cafe, and taking photos. We could have easily made it in under an hour except for the lolling. Inside Keukenhof we were greeted by the first patch of beautiful flowers. There are acres and acres of this.

Keukenhof Directions

Signs like these are posted around Keukenhof. Entrances/exits are indicated by the P for parking signs. Hoofdingang is the main entrance. Rest your bones and nourish your body at the cafe pavilions. For example, at Willem Alexander Pavilion you can get information brochures, enjoy one of three sorts of toilets, get a band aid, buy souvenirs, have a snack and beverage, and change your dollars into way overpriced euros. Willem Alexander is the newly crowned King of The Netherlands. His Mother Beatrix retired as queen. His Grandmother was Juliana and his great-Grandmother was Wilhemenia. Wilhemenia's birthday had been celebrated vigorously on April 30 every year. As of 2013 Willem Alexander became king and Queen's Day was abolished. See my page at Queen's Day for pictures of the Amsterdam Koninginnedag events in 2008.

Bulb Sculptures

A couple of masonry bulbs helps to decorate the grounds.

Walk On Water

When you have had enough tulips challenge yourself on these pads. Don't drown.

Blue Gold

Back to the displays. There are dozens of patches of bloemen in Keukenhof.

Buy Your Bulbs

Before you buy your bulbs make sure that the package has the certificate of good health. If the bulbs do not have the holograph certificate, the US Customs Service will burn them when you bring them home. Here is a sample of what the certificate should look like: Certificate of Inspection. It must be dated and you have six weeks to get the tulips back to the USA.

Keukenhof Cafe

We stoped for a beverage and utterly lousy sullen insulting "service" at this cafe. I've never experienced such a bad waitress anywhere in my life. On the left is an organ grinder. This guy didn't have a monkey but made a lot of annoying noise with his machine and his shaking coin cup.

More And More

Tail of the dog, but this one didn't bite me.

Nude Golfing

It looks like ladies nude golfing is allowed. Fore!!

Keukenhof Kid Zone

No Dutch attraction would be complete without a kid zone. Keukenhof is no exception. I am not too old to try that myself.

Keukenhof Windmill

Tulips go with windmills.

Keukenhof Nice

Just another pretty scene.

Keukenhof Jaded

I am jaded.

Statue of Fat Naked Lady with Hula Hoop

It isn't over until the fat lady swings.

Canal

The day is getting long as we ride back to Haarlem past more tulip fields and this quiet canal. The sun stays up until late in the evening in May. Holland is one beautiful country.


Additional Information:

Keukenhof Official Web Site.

Queen's Day overview Queen's Day Amsterdam.
There is a crazy side to The Netherlands, also. It has been called Queen's Day for many years. Starting in 2014 it became King's Day. It is celebrated throughout the country but the real action is in Amsterdam, as if that great city has any need for further excitement. You've probably never seen anything like this party. This link takes you to my Photolog of one of my visits to this annual springtime event.

Bed and Breakfast Paula B+B Paula, Haarlem, Holland.
Probably the best sleeping quarters you can find in Haarlem or Amsterdam, B+B Paula is ideally located on the west side of Haarlem. The Bed and Breakfast includes two rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a shower room, separate commode, hair blower, free WiFi, free street parking, bicycles, plus made-to-order breakfast delivered to your room. It's like an apartment with room service. And you'll never find a more pleasant area in which to ride a bike, known as a fiets in Holland.

Netherlands: Prime Travel Data

Haarlem Things to do and see.

Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

The Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. Official Web Site.

 
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HOW TO EUROPE
The Complete Travelers Handbook
by John Bermont
Total Internet Edition
Table of Contents
Chapter 1
First home in Holland on the Spaarne River in Haarlem. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/01-0117-3.jpg
What's It All About?
Travel Like a Native In Europe

Chapter 2, Part 1
Bank notes used in many European countries. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/01-0117-3.jpg
On Budget in Europe
Travel Costs: How Much?


Chapter 2, Part 2
Europe on WHAT! Per Day?
My Actual Expenses


Chapter 3
Passport and Visas
Identity and Travel Documents for Europe


Chapter 4
Flying to Europe
Travel Starts at the Airport


Chapter 5
Stephanie in Paris. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/05-1895-3.jpg
What to Wear in Europe
Your Best Travel Clothes
for All Occasions


Chapter 6 Part 1
Old school backpackers and modern time travelers with a roller bag.
Pack Light Field Test
Travel Europe in Comfort and Style


Chapter 6 Part 2
Personal Care Items
Packing Your Toothbrush, Hair Blower,
and Vinegar


Chapter 6 Part 3
Travel Supplies
Small Stuff Packing List


Chapter 6 Part 4
Bringing Valuables to Europe
Not in Your Luggage or Purse


Chapter 7
Soft side roller suit cases. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/DSCN0101-BrandedBags-260-3.jpg
Luggage for Europe
Pack Light, Let It Roll


Chapter 8 Part 1
Pickpocket warning banner in Amsterdam. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/08-DSCN2791-3.jpg
Pickpockets in Europe
They're Everywhere


Chapter 8 Part 2
An ATM in Milano, Italy
ATMs in Europe
Machines Dispense Travel Cash


Chapter 8 Part 3
Cash and Credit
Paying Your Way in Europe


Chapter 8 Part 4
Money Potpourri
Cash, Coins, Transfer, Barter


Chapter 9
Your Travel Diary of Europe
Blog It


Chapter 10
Part of my library of guide books, maps, and dictionaries.
Europe Guide Books
Reviews of Tomes for Travelers


Chapter 11 Preface
Voltage cycles of American and converted European electricity.
Electric Converters in Europe
Why You Should
NEVER Use a Converter


Chapter 11
European Electricity
Converters, Plugs, Adapters.
Voltage, Power, Frequency.


Chapter 12
The Austrian Alps from Hall-In-Tyrol, just east of Innsbruck.
Photography in Europe
Take Your Best Shot


Chapter 13
Elizabeth being gifted by a police officer in Istanbul Turkey.
Bring a Smile
Travel Europe in Good Attitude


Chapter 14
The bed of my cozy cute cheap B+B in Cardiff Wales
Hotels, B&Bs, Hostels, Homes
European Travelers' Sleep Options


Chapter 15
The beautiful Montparnasse 1900 restautant, Paris 6th, France. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/12-1204-3.jpg
Eating In Europe
Travel on Thy Belly


Chapter 16
The city bus depot in Cardiff Wales. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/16-DSCN0917-3.jpg
City Transport in Europe
Bus, Streetcar, Subway, Taxi, Bike, Shoe, Gondola


Chapter 17, part 1,
An ICE high speed train parked at Amsterdam's Centraal Station. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/171-P1230436f-3.jpg
Trains in Europe
A Rail Primer


Chapter 17, part 2,
The train departure board at Brussels' Zuid/Midi train station. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/172-p1020015-3.jpg
European Rail Stations
Finding Your Way


Chapter 17, part 3,
Night Trains in Europe
Sleeping City to City


Chapter 17, part 4,
The Silja Symphony ferry servicing Stockholm Sweden and Helsinki Finland (Suomi).
Europe's Boat and Bus Services
High Seas Ferry, Highway Coach


Chapter 18, part 1
The Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris France. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/18-0440-3.jpg
European Auto Rental
Details and Documentation


Chapter 18, part 2
Driving in Europe
Back Alley to Blazing Autobahn


Chapter 18, part 3
Driving Habits and Laws
Police, Speed Limits, Tailgaters


Chapter 18, part 4
An Amsterdam police officer places a wheel clamp on an illegally parked car.
Parking, Gasoline, Safety
Adjuncts to Driving in Europe


Chapter 19, part 1
Telephoning to, from, and within Europe
City Codes, 10-10, cell phones, PTT


Chapter 19, part 2
Sending Mail to & from Europe
Priority Mail, PTT, Poste Restante


Chapter 19, part 3
An internet cafe in Dresden, Germany. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/172-p1020015-3.jpg
Internet and Email
Europe's Cyber Cafes and WiFi


Chapter 19, part 4
Telegrams
Wiring Cash and Quitting Your Job


Chapter 20
Health and Safety in Europe
Travel in Confidence but with Caution


Chapter 21
Working in Europe
Get Paid to Travel


Chapter 22, part 1
Moving to Europe
Things to Know Before You Go


Chapter 22, part 2
Living in Europe
Travel to the Max as an Expatriate


Chapter 22, Special email
Dave In Ireland
Technical Details for Moving to Europe


Chapter 23
The duty free chocolate shop at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/23-P1250471-3.jpg
Shopping in Europe
Souvenirs, Gifts, and
Stuff You Can't Live Without


Chapter 24
Shipping Your Treasures Home
Travelers' Options from Europe


Chapter 25
Passing Customs in Europe
Know the Rules When Crossing Borders


Chapter 26
Sign: Please do not walk on the grass. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/26-DSC0649-3
Languages, Numbers, Alphabets
Encounter The Tower of Babel in Europe


Chapter 27
Europe's Metric System
Travel with Grams, Meters, Liters, Centigrade


Chapter 28
Sign: Please do not walk on the grass. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/26-DSC0649-3
European Dates and Time
Traveling in a Distant Time Zone


Chapter 29
Smart visitors to Paris France always have an umbrella in their day pack. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/29-DSCN1166-3.jpg-3.jpg
Weather in Europe
Travel under Your Umbrella


Chapter 30
Melding with Europe
Travel Is Interesting and Entertaining


Last Call
Having a last beer at the Proeflokaal in Haarlem Netherlands as I wrap up a long research trip around Europe, probably 1983. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/LastCall.png
Travel Prep and
Pack Lists for Europe

A Friend in Holland

A complete apartment.
In Haarlem convenient to Keukenhof, Zandvoort, and Amsterdam.

Prime Travel Data
Elementary Travel Information for Europe


TRAVELERS
YELLOW PAGES™

A Directory of Travel Products, Services, and Information on Europe.


Major European Museums
Travelers Portfolio ™


London Amsterdam

Up-To-The-Minute

Maps and Time Zones
A rough sketch of Europe. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/Europe-s-3.jpg
Web sites featuring free online maps of Europe.

Weather in Europe
Chart/graph comparing average temperatures in Atlanta, Chicago, Vienna, and London. http://www.enjoy-europe.com/home/weathergraph-s-3.jpg
Current weather conditions and forecasts.

Money Exchange
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Currency exchange rates, including the euro.


A Friend in Holland

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In Haarlem convenient to Keukenhof, Zandvoort, and Amsterdam.

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