By the family’s standards, we all managed a decent sleep last night. Eloise was on the ground instead of her “special roof bed”, there was only one way that was going to end up. Lachnado also slept reasonably well but crept into our bed in the early hours of the morning for a snuggle.
Little miss pigtails had breakfast with Foxie inspired hair ties before we hopped onto the bus, they are always super quick here because all the bus drivers think they are Max Verstappen.
The main reason for this somewhat spontaneous getaway was that we wanted to see the tulip fields in Amsterdam. The tulip fields look the best in mid-April and are cut in mid-May. While we were at it, we thought we would make it a week and visit Brussels too. Today was the big day, we were all very excited as we arrived at “the Garden of Europe”, Keukenhof.
This is the best time to mention, for those of you that do not like flowers. You are probably best to go back to whatever you were doing before you opened this. We were going to put all the flowers shots, which there are a metric few into a slideshow, but then we thought this better conveys the size of the gardens. Also, if you could not tell already, floriculture is not our strength, so we will go with the binary tulip and not tulip descriptions.
Eloise had heard from a reliable source, Juju, who visited the gardens last week that there was a Miffy playground. We could have teed up those holiday plans better. Eloise has been talking about the Miffy playground ever since the landing gear went up in Glasgow.
It was incredible walking through Keukenhof, we were glad we had made the trip! We loved the vibrant colours and the pastel garden beds grew on us aswell. The gardens were much larger than we had expected and the perfect spot for Eloise to work on her colours. Lachlan loved being out in the sun crawling on the immaculate grass.
All this walking was making us hungry and we could not go by the friet.
At the centre of the garden was Miffy and her house. We passed through many times to Eloise’s delight.
Miffy (Dutch: Nijntje, pronounced [ˈnɛiɲcə]) is a fictional rabbit appearing in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. The original Dutch name, “Nijntje”, is a shortening of the diminutive konijntje, “little rabbit”. The first Miffy book was produced in 1955, and almost 30 others have followed. In total they have sold over 85 million copies, and led to two separate television series as well as items such as clothes and toys featuring the character. A feature-length film, Miffy the Movie, was released on 30 January 2013.
It might look like a lot of flower photos, but this is not even a cross section of what the garden included.
Eloise was excited to try the mini Dutch pancakes, Poffertjes.
On the way out, Eloise made quick work of the hedge maze.
We had seen so many beautiful tulips and not tulips throughout Keukenhof but we also wanted to visit the tulip farms. Seeing as we are in Amsterdam, which “struggles with more bikes than people”, what better way than on bikes. We hired two bikes, two little people holders and the two smallest helmets they had to offer. We were off, off on the wrong side of the road. Lachnado was not keen on putting on the helmet to begin with, but as soon we set off, he was as happy as we have ever seen him.
Lachnado giggled and smiled the whole way, he wanted to make the most of the experience and tried taking over the steering from Super Mum, eventually entertaining himself with the bell. We think we may need to buy a bike, just so we can ride Lachnado around the block, he was having that much fun.
It was a nice ride along the bike paths so we did not have to worry too much about the kids and electric cars jumping out from the wrong direction. We were expecting Stark Industries Jet to swoop down for us, not today.
We caught a couple of buses home and just when we thought the day could not get any better, Liam noticed the tail of a 747, where a tail of a 747 should not be. After a bit of research, we discovered there was a hotel not far away that had a 747 just chillin’. There are not many food options near our hotel so we walked to Corendon hotel for dinner, but mainly to check out the 747. After wondering how a hotel could afford a 747 we walked past the 50 odd Tesla Superchargers and into how the other half lives. After hearing the price for the buffet, we were not eating here tonight. Liam did manage to sweet talk his way out to see the aircraft.
We walked back to our hotel, only to find that the dinner was equally stupidly priced, oh that’s right, we are in Europe. the day ended where it began, at Macca’s watching aircraft takeoff.
In the news “Easter travel delays: Call to fine airlines over airport travel chaos”. Let us hope we are not going to have issues getting home.
Compressing and uploading zillions of high definition photos which include a large spectrum of colours eats up data like there is no tomorrow. The blog may have run out of data juice. We might be laying low until we are home. We have two more full days in Amsterdam before flying back to Sunny Glasgow for a couple of days rest.