Keukenhof, Holland

romania_flagOlanda este faimoasa pentru multele tipuri de lalele. Si pentru ca locuim in Belgia, care este vecina cu Olanda, am dat o fuga pana la gradina de flori Keukenhof – celebru pentru frumoasele aranjamente florale, majoritatea cu lalele.

Am fost la Keukenhof intr-o duminica insorita de Aprilie si ma asteptam sa fie oarecum aglomerat, dar parcul este mare si, in ciuda sutelor de turisti, este liniste si gasesti un loc liber in care sa faci poze sau sa te relaxezi.

Parcul este deschis de la sfarsitul lui Martie pana la mijlocul lunii Mai. Intrarea costa 16 euro de persoana, parcarea 6 euro.


united_kingdomThe Netherlands is famous for the many types of tulips. And because we live in Belgium, which is next door to Holland, we took a trip to Keukenhof Flowerd Garden – famous for its beautiful floral arrangements, mostly with tulips.

We visited Keukenhof gardens on a sunny April Sunday and I expect it to be somewhat crowded, but the park is large and despite the hundreds of tourists, is quiet and there are less crowded areas in which to take pictures or to relax.

Keukenhof  is opened from late March to mid May. The entrance is 16 euros per person, parking 6 euros. 

 

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Optical illusion in The Hague

The Hague is the third largest city of The Netherlands (with approximate 510 000 inhabitants). The Hague is NOT the capital of The Netherlands, even though The Parliament, the Dutch Government, the Council of State and the Supreme Court are seated here. (Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands). The Hague is the largest city at the North Sea and is divided into 8 official districts.

Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand is the King of The Netherlands and two of his residences are: Huis ten Bosch (“House in the Woods”) and Noordeinde Palace in The Hague.

I’ve been to The Hague for a few hours and the weather was far more humid and cloudy than it is in Belgium!

There wasn’t much to do, except walking around to see the Dutch Parliament situated on the Hofvijver pond, have a hot coffee in a cozy pub on the small streets and visit the Escher Museum with optical illusions and interesting chandeliers.

autumn in Hague
autumn in Hague
Binnenhof
Binnenhof
Binnenhof
Binnenhof
China town in The Hague
China town in The Hague
Architecture in The Hague
Architecture in The Hague
Nice house
Nice house
Very narrow street
Very narrow street
Narrow streets
Narrow streets
Almost night
Almost night
In the center
In the center
Hofvijver pond and Dutch parliament
Hofvijver pond and Dutch parliament
Hofvijver pond and Dutch parliament
Hofvijver pond and Dutch parliament
Hofvijver pond and Dutch parliament 2
Hofvijver pond and Dutch parliament 2
Optical illusion at Escher museum
Optical illusion at Escher museum
Optical illusion at Escher museum
Optical illusion at Escher museum
Police on horses
Police on horses
Police
Police
Skeleton chandelier in Escher museum
Skeleton chandelier in Escher museum
Interesting building in the center
Interesting building in the center
The Ridderzaal (Knight's Hall) inside the Binnenhof
The Ridderzaal (Knight’s Hall) inside the Binnenhof
Detail of a statue
Detail of a statue

Why I don’t fancy Amsterdam

It was very crowded during my first visit in Amsterdam (the capital of The Netherlands), not being able to freely walk without hitting, touching or stepping on someone, reason for which I didn’t feel like this is going to be one of my favorite cities.

After going to Brugge several times, for me Amsterdam was just another city with canals and packed with tourists. But that’s not all…

…I entered the Red Light District… Behind tall windows, displayed like pieces of meat, there were women with lots of makeup and sexy lingerie, slowly moving their bodies and touching themselves, inviting inside the men who stopped to watch. The beauty and the youth of those girls gave me a ravishing feeling. Knowing they are selling their bodies for money to horny men, felt like there is no dignity in this world. I don’t know how other women feel, but seeing my man staring (or pretending to be indifferent) at those female bodies, made me feel helpless and overwhelmed with sadness.

All I was wishing for was to get out of that place and never go back.

All I was wishing for was to feel wise enough to understand and accept that men will always crave other attractive women without feeling guilty.

All I was wishing for was to feel a peaceful love, a love that doesn’t hurt nor disappoints, a love that is not afraid of other women’s beauty.

Nevertheless, leaving the negative thoughts behind, overall there is great potential for beautiful photos, the city’s architecture reflecting the water of the canals make great subject for frame!

Enjoy the photos!

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