The best part about studying abroad is that everyone wants to come visit. For Mother’s Day, I was lucky enough to host my mom and grandmother. My mom had helped me move in, but other than that, neither of them had visited The Netherlands. But the one thing on their agenda? The tulip gardens at Keukenhof.
Even if you’ve never heard (or can’t pronounce) the name, you definitely know that The Netherlands is known for its tulips. Thousands of tourists flock to the countryside in the spring time, eager to see the gardens, which are only open for a few months out of the year.
Since I studied in the spring (the only time to study abroad, in my opinion, as the weather just keeps getting better!), we were lucky enough to catch the tulips.
The gardens are located in Lisse, about half an hour from Amsterdam by bus, which you can catch from various parts of the city as well as Schiphol Airport. Purchase your tickets online, catch the bus, and you’re off!
Disclaimer: this post is extremely photo-heavy, so if you don’t care about flowers, this might not be for you. For those of you who like to look at pretty things, enjoy!!
My mom and I thought these looked like they were on fire, especially from far away.
We decided to get a little artsy and squat down in the garden to shoot the flowers from below. Does this remind anyone else of those screen savers that came downloaded on your computer way back in the day??
We didn’t expect it to be so warm (this was the hottest day I experienced in Amsterdam!), which is why my sweater is tied around my shoulders like a Hamptons housewife.
Miffy, a Dutch icon. Click on their website, it is the cutest site I’ve ever seen!!
Sorry Mom, I know this is a bit ‘cheesy.”
I know, I’m not funny, but I tried.
I would 100% recommend a trip to Keukenhof, and the rest of Amsterdam and The Netherlands are beautiful in the spring time! Plan a trip, buy your tickets, and go! The gardens are massive and we could have spent the entire day exploring. The colors are incredible, you have never seen so many types of tulips in your life. There are other flowers too, and the gardens are neatly manicured and maintained. All in all, Keukenhof was a beautiful experience. And being so close to Amsterdam, what excuse could you have??
P.S. I hope everyone likes the new site! I may make some more changes soon, but for now I’m really loving it for the most part! Let me know what you think, and keep reading as I delve into the rest of my study abroad posts!