Keukenhof Gardens

Last week we visited the Keukenhof Gardens with friends. It was so easy to wander among the flowers and forget how long you had been there. My husband, Mike, was very accommodating as we pointed to flowers and asked for photos. After a while he just started taking pictures of the beds we lingered over. This is just a small portion of what he shot.

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Mother's love tulip

plant sculpture

well

flower mosaic

red flowers

swan

Orchids

near the canal

waterfall

colorful beds

Daffofil

They even had my favorite flower: bleeding hearts.
They even had my favorite flower: bleeding hearts.

pink tulips beds

peacock Keukenhof

white tulips

Blue breasted bird

Russian dolls made from planters.

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City Farms

Mike and I first encountered a city farm or stadsboerderij, located on a green block between two busy streets, in Den Haag. Stadsboerderijen seem to be popular in the Netherlands. Families in particular love to visit these farms so the kids can interact with the animals. The animals are quite tame and seem to enjoy the attention from their visitors (especially if they bring food). You will see mainly sheep, goats, ducks, and chickens in these farms. Some farms are about the size of a small block and others are a bit larger. The photos below are from the stadsboerderij in Zwolle.

animals and barn

sheep

This guy had jumped the fence but seemed determined to stay by it.
This guy had jumped the fence but seemed determined to stay by it.
One of the 4 or 5 peacocks.
One of the 4 or 5 peacocks.

going for a walk

Kunst

Let’s talk about art (kunst in Dutch). Art is not exclusively found in museums. In fact I found quite a lot of art by just walking around town. Art is in parks, train stations, buildings, and many other places; you just need to keep your eyes open. Below is some art I have found whilst wandering.

Haarlem
A window in Haarlem
Amsterdam
A statue in Amsterdam
Buurtatelier (an exhibition of art by Dutch children)
Het Buurtatelier (art by Dutch children, this painting and the next four are in a tunnel under the Muiderpoort train station)

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trein station kunst 3

trein station kunst 4

trein station kunst 5

I found this face on a bridge.
I found this face on a bridge.
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
Another statue in Oosterpark
Another statue in Oosterpark