Between viking ships and buildings with simple, Nordic design, I found a couple of moments of rest to write about an experience I had only weeks ago. It’s again about The Netherlands and its colorful landscape.
I suppose that many people know about Keukenhof and its 32 hectares of flowers. While this huge spring garden will fully satisfy your inner desire to enjoy nature, beauty and color, visiting a local flower farm will satisfy your lust for authenticity! Dare, ask permission from the local farmers to enter their property and get a taste of how the Garden of Eden must have felt and smelled like (take note, while some farmers will only allow you to go around their fields, others will invite you directly in, among rows of gentle, frail sweet little wonders).
Conveniently enough, only 500 meters away from Keukenhof parking (N208 towards Haarlem, immediately next to the Total gas station) you can find Mr. Hans Beelen, a true dutch spirit. At his farm, you will be warmly welcomed right into the flower fields and enjoy the pleasure of picking by yourself beautiful tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and to create your own bouquet.
I can tell you that the fields smell like heaven, a real feast for visual and olfactory perceptions and a color therapy for mind and soul.
During autumn, Mr. Beelen’s tulips make way for dahlias and believe me, I can hardly wait to get there again.