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May 6, 2024

TULIP FIELDS IN NOORD-HOLLAND: EXPLORING KOP VAN NOORD-HOLLAND AND WEST-FRIESLAND

I am on a quest to see all the tulip regions in the Netherlands. While Lisse is arguably the most famous one, there are many other corners to explore. This year I decided I wanted to visit the tulip fields in Noord-Holland province. I had seen lots of pictures of old windmills surrounded by tulip fields, so that was something I really wanted to experience. So at the end of April we spent a weekend camping near the tulip fields. Find out whether this area was as magical as expected!

April 29, 2024

HIDDEN GEM IN THE NETHERLANDS, KEUKENHOF ALTERNATIVE: POLDERTUIN IN ANNA PAULOWNA

During our tulip trip in April in North-Holland we also visited the Poldertuin. From April to begin May you will find the tulips in bloom in this beautifully maintained show garden. The garden is open year-round, but during April-May it is exceptionally gorgeous with all the tulips, daffodils and muscari popping up. The best thing about this is that it is free and it doesn’t draw enormous amounts of visitors! We visited at 10AM and only encountered a few other flower admirers. Such a big difference from the Keukenhof, which is stunning as well, but so overcrowded.

April 15, 2024

ULTIMATE SPRING RECOMMENDATION IN THE NETHERLANDS: VILLA AUGUSTUS IN DORDRECHT

Last year we stayed in Villa Augustus in Dordrecht to celebrate our anniversary. Villa Augustus is a hotel and restaurant, that is famous for its kitchen garden and the special building it is located in: an old water tower. During spring Villa Augustus is a perfect visit for lovers of wisteria, as several areas of the garden are covered in dainty purple flowers. In summer the kitchen garden is very impressive, making Villa Augustus a very interesting seasonal visit!

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