Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Great Birthday Adventure: Day 2

Day 2 of our adventure was spent in the Keukenhof Gardens. We had heard rumours that it's best to arrive early to the garden because the crowds get huge in the afternoon, so we left our hotel at around 9:45 and we were in the park by 10:20, with only minimal traffic. Michael overheard onethe parking staff say that based on the number of cars, there were about 25,000 people in thegardens already when we arrived. Keukenhof has got to be the closest thing to Disney World thatEurope has (except maybe for EuroDisney...) - big crowds, girls dressed up in traditional Dutch outfits and wooden clogs, food stands selling warm ham on a bun, men playing accordians. But the garden grounds are immaculate, the atmosphere is festive and the colours everywhere are absolutely incredible. Here are the pictures!

The Great Birthday Adventure: Day 1

On April 22nd Michael celebrated his 32nd birthday, and today I'm celebrating number 31. Our birthday present was a trip to see the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands - it's the largest tulip garden in the world. This past weekend was also the day of the famous flower parade that winds through the towns in tulip country. We spent Saturday at the parade and Sunday at the gardens. Both days were beautiful and sunny, we couldn't have had a better weekend. Here are the pictures!

Our rental car was a mini in British racing green -- too cool!

At the flower parade, even the police were in a festive mood.

This year, the theme of the flower parade was "Vakantie": Each float represented a type of vacation that you can take.

This is the vacation in a car.

Or, if you're tired of car vacations, you can go to India instead!

Daffodils made out of... daffodils.

The musical entertainment in the parade.

This is the float advertising for a London vacation.

Dragons are also big this year, because of the Beijing Olympics.

Flower kites.

Shaggy-maned lions representing the safari vacation (these are my favorites).

More musical entertainment from the giant music box (you can also buy a CD of the music for only 10 euros).

Yes, the parade really was this exciting! (to see any of these pictures blown up, just click on them!)

By the end of day 1, we were tired but excited to see the gardens on day 2!!

Monday, April 28, 2008


you could be any flower, which type would you be?

Michael: Tulip

Jane: Tulip

More to come...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


you had to have been any dictator or tyrant in history, which one would you choose to have been?