Fields of Tulips!

The tulips are amazing.

Our first full day on the AMAPrima river cruising has been a delight. It helps that we are blessed with perfect sunny, cool weather. We cruised through locks, rivers, and lakes on our way to the charming town of Hoorn where we began our countryside drive to a working tulip farm.

Although Hoorn dates from before the 17th century, it looks like it would be a textbook movie set. Rows of tidy homes and cottages, a harbor with every type of sailing vessel, and crowds of happy Easter celebrants filling the sidewalk cafes. I wanted to stay longer and have more time to explore.  But, after all, we are here to see tulips – so off we went.

En route to the farm, we passed field upon field of brightly colored blooming tulips and dozens of the pointed, thatched-roof brick homes farming families have lived in for generations. Originally filled with hay in the center (ergo the high pointed roofs), they look as well-kept as if they were built in the last few years.

At the farm, we enjoyed a presentation by a fourth-generation farmer. Now armed with a four-year degree and an entrepreneurial spirit, one of the family’s sons has launched an agri-tourism business he dubbed “Mr. Tulip.” We learned about the different varieties (there are thousands), and the planting and harvesting process for the bulbs and flowering stems.

With 15 acres they produce 10 million bulbs and 1 million blooming stems annually. The flowers are sold at wholesale markets generally for distribution throughout Europe while the bulbs get shipped worldwide. Dormant fields are then swapped with other local farmers for use cattle grazing as the bulbs are planted in different fields nicely prepped by those same cattle.

Photos don’t do the expansive colors justice and the gentle breeze and lovely light fragrance added even more sensory enhancement. It was a beautiful day.

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About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on April 22, 2019, in Cruising, Europe, Netherlands and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Absolutely gorgeous and so vibrant!🌷🌷 Glad the weather is cooperating too! Enjoy your travels…I have to admit I wish I was there….

    Sue
    💕💕

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  2. Gorgeous and awesome! Have a great trip !!!!🛳🛳🛳

    Debbie Tuttle

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  3. Fred Buchsbaum

    Typo. TIE to explore. second paragraph. Beautiful. Miss you Love you

    Sent from my iPad Fred Buchsbaum 305-793-3298

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    • Txs. I had already caught that & changed it, but the emails had gone out. Was surprised my 2 spellchecker programs did not flag it! Xoxo

      Sent from my iPhone Karen F. Buchsbaum 305.775.9479

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