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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Keukenhof

One of the most beautiful gardens that I have ever had the opportunity to visit was the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland. The garden is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary.




While we were living in Germany I had heard about the gardens and wanted so badly to visit. My cousin was also living overseas at the time. He was in Scotland experiencing a semester abroad at the Glasgow School of Art. (You can read about the beautiful library featured in a previous post.) Eric had asked if he could come for a visit at Easter time and I knew it was the perfect opportunity to go.


We took the train and experienced a beautiful, sunny day.


It is a wonderful place to take children.


Here is the Fashionista, aged 11 at the time , enjoying the metal lilypads the grace the lake.



They also have several temperature controlled greenhouses that house all sorts of flora and fauna.
The Duchess of Decor amidst a carpet of purple and pink.
Yes, it's true, in my eyes no one else could ever fill Mr. Decor's shoes. :)




Hartelijk gefeliciteerd! Or, happy birthday (in Dutch) to my cousin! This was a wonderful memory. I am so happy that you were a part of it.
There is still time to enter my Easter giveaway one post down.

29 comments :

Mom in High Heels said...

I'm going there at the end of the month! I cannot wait.

LiLi M. said...

As you probably will know I live in Holland, but would you believe that I have never been here? But there is good news too: Hubby just won 4 tickets for free admission. This year we will definitely go. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, this way we know what we are looking forward to. Have a nice day!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful gardens! My oil painting teacher/friend is Dutch & he showed me photos of some similar gardens in Holland! The tulips are breathtaking!

A Touch of Country said...

love the metal lily pads! How cute!

Please enter me in your giveaway, I'd love a surprise!

The HUGE shoes are HILARIOUS!!!!

Linda said...

How very beautiful and I love all of the photos. :-)

jewelstreet said...

Oh, that is gorgeous! So amazing and such colors. I hope I can visit there someday.

Mildred said...

Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures of your visit to the garden.

Carrie said...

What a beautiful place!! I love visiting gardens.

Princess Of Pink said...

Thank you for sharing a part of MY country. lol.
It sure IS a wonderful place to visit. I have been there once with my mom years ago, and loved it.

Hugs and greetings from this Dutchy :)
Marian

Muthering Heights said...

It's BEAUTIFUL!!!

Coastal Sisters said...

Laura...thank you so much for sharing all these lovely pictures....the colors are all just breathtaking!

Have a lovely rest of the week!

LuLu~*xoxo

Carolina Mama said...

Love your blog - these gardens. Thanks for visiting and encouraging me. I love cottage cheese too. I just ate a cottage cheese double. Great! Heaven too. :)

Lady Dorothy said...

Gorgeous!!!

Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly said...

The metal lilypads make me want to get on the nearest airplane!

Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly said...

Hi Laura! I will have a post published tomorrow at noon CST about my sewing machine cover show & tell. Hope you enjoy!

Charli and me said...

What a beautiful place to visit! I would love to go there some day. Thank you for sharing with us ♥

Karen said...

The gardens are just beautiful! I love the picture of the large shoes!!! Too Cute! It looks like you had a wonderful visit.
~Karen

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Laura,

That is on my list of things I would like to do, one day.

We were watching EuroMaxx the other night and saw these beautiful Gardens and just love the flowers and colours.
I just forget how many millions of tulips, they had planted out each year. Great clogs and lilypads.
Thanks for sharing

Hugs
Carolyn

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful gardens! Your daughter is so cute. laurie

ScrappinAway said...

Oh my gosh, tulips are my favorite. I don't think I could take it visiting that place...it would be heaven for me!

Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home said...

Laura,
Welcome! I’m glad you came by too. Have fun looking around. Thanks for the sweet compliment about my artwork!

I read your blog and really enjoyed this post. I got to go to Holland when I was little and it was wonderful!

Fifi Flowers said...

I ADORE those metal lilypads... how FUN... GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!!!

Brandie said...

how awesome to see something that beautiful :) I thought that only happened in the movies :) you can tell I live in the texas panhandle where its dry, flat and windy :)

Jorgelina said...

Gorgeous!
Please enter me in your giveaway.
Hugs

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,
I am glad you stopped in for a visit. Thank you for your well wishes. I am trying to get around to blog visiting but just haven't felt like it. I have missed dropping in here! The garden is magnificent. What a wonderful memory. And yes, it does seem that Mr. Decor does have some pretty big shoes to fill :c) Have a wonderful day.

Anne Marie said...

To see that first hand would be so spectacular! Thank you for sharing....what a blessing you had!

Liz said...

Such beautiful places you have been!
Just Dreamy!!!

~Liz

Martha said...

For a couple of years in the late 20's, a family by the name of Gunn lived at Linderhof.

Valerie said...

I confirm Keukenhof is wonderful, it is the perfect moment to go there !
Do you have family in Europe ?