Leiden and Keukenhof
May 4, 2010 § 1 Comment
We landed in Schiphol Amsterdam really early in the morning, 5:30am to be exact. We arranged a 12 hours transit so we can see a bit of the Netherlands before heading to Italy. There wasn’t anyone waiting at the custom, pretty weird to see the custom being completely free of visitors. We took the train down to Leiden to have a quick look before Keukenhof opens. (Oh, I can’t say enough how much I love the Dutch ticket machine.)
Leiden seems to be a lovely busy little town, but since we were there way too early, most of the stores were not yet open. The buildings in the town looks quite like those in Amsterdam, so we got to experience a little bit of the quite dutch canals and pretty architecture. Also, it was nice to see some old windmills.
Just before 10am, we got on the direct bus to keukenhof. It was like a 20min ride, passing through some beautiful flower fields. The reds were the most vivid to be seen. I didn’t do much research on the garden. I though Keukenhof might be like a cheesy Disney theme park, plus it was raining for a bit, so I wasn’t expecting much.
We walked in the garden , freezing cold, but I was immediately amazed by the sheer amount of flowers, and every one of them has a lovely rich colour on. I have never seen anything like it in real. After a while, I felt like as if I was walking on a different planet.
We were lucky that it was only raining lightly on and off. We had so much fun taking pictures in every corners. I questioned myself before, ” Should I visit the Keukenhof in May, during a rainy day?”, and the answer is certainly YES. Even though there were tons of walking in the cold with an umbrella, but it’s absolutely worth it.
Next stop: Colosseo, Roma [The Colosseum, Rome]