Spring in the Netherlands

It’s hard to pick just one favourite season. I love the changing colours of the fall, reading beneath a blanket with a cat on my lap and a cup of tea in my hand. I am playful as a child when the snow comes, though, granted, that doesn’t happen a lot in the area where I live, but I feel most alive when the sun is shining and I can wear skirts and dresses, eating icecream on the beach and just feel warm all the time. Now it’s spring again and I am so happy when I see the flowers in bloom, newborn lambs and when I can finally enjoy the first sunshine beams on my skin again. Whatever my favourite season is, it’s certain that spring is the best time to visit the Netherlands and for one good reason: the flowerfields in bloom

Last week, I had the week off and though I would usually spent weeks off in another country, exploring and enjoying myself, because of covid I had to stay within the borders of the Netherlands. We didn’t have that many plans, but when I got an email with an offer to have a romantic getaway in Zandvoort, we quickly decided that we did want to do something in this week, if only for one night.

So we drove west, to Zandvoort, to Amsterdam, to Noorwijkerhout. Check-in was at three but we started driving in the morning, because we knew what we would find there: tulip fields!

It’s a little early for the tulips to be in full bloom, they’re only starting to show their beautiful colors, but tulip fields aren’t the only flower fields in the area. We drove to Noordwijk and had a route that went along all those fields. We decided to just stop whenever we saw a field in bloom. The first we saw: Daffodils!

It’s hard to choose a favourite season, but if I’d have to name a favourite flower, the answer would definitely be daffodils. They’re so cheery! And it doesn’t hurt that Wordsworth wrote a beautiful poem about them.

Not a lot of tulips then, but lots of other flowers. We were close to Lisse and the Keukenhof, where the flower festival is held every year and loads and loads of people visit to see the flowers. Of course, things are different now. It’s fun to see that even though it’s too early for tulips, there were still fields of other kinds of flowers to be seen everywhere.

I don’t know a lot of flowers so I have no idea what these are called, but there were fields full of them. After our first stop to see the daffodils, we saw fields of color in the distance, but we weren’t sure where to park or how to get there. So we drove around them, and eventually there were some parking spaces on the side of the road and we could venture into the land to take some close-up shots from these beauties.

And if that wasn’t enough, the field next to it held sheep and there were so many lambs frolicking about! They were running and bleating and oh so cute! Especially these little two!

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