The Netherlands

The Netherlands was where our European journey began. About five years ago, I fell in love with a picture of a tulip garden I had found online, and made it my cover photo. I promised myself I would not change the photo until I had seen the garden in real life. It was not part of our itinerary but I made sure it was the first thing we saw upon arrival. Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the largest flower gardens in the world. There are around seven million flower bulbs planted annually. The garden is located in South Holland, southwest of Amsterdam. Our Viking Ship was docked in Amsterdam, so we got to see the beautiful city as the bus took us to the port. Later that night, we had made new friends and all went out to see the town. We lost track of time and before I knew it we were boarding the ship and I hadn’t take any pictures of downtown Amsterdam. The next morning we arrived in Kinderdijx. This village is in South Holland and is known for its iconic 18th-century windmills, which are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. The Netherlands were truly breathtaking. I thank God every day for helping me cross Keukenhof off my bucket list and making my dreams come true.

Kinderdijx, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure.” -Jawaharlal Nehru