We visited Keukenhof Gardens just outside of Amsterdam at what I think was close to if not the peak of the tulip season. Truly breathtaking.
Even Will, who's often a reluctant traveler, had a good time. Keukenhof also has fantastic playgrounds and a petting zoo, so that helped. A 6-year-old boy can only handle so many beautiful tulips.
I told the kids to pose in front of their favorite flowers so I could take their pictures. Here's Will with his:
Don't let the dismal expression fool you. He was having a great time. Really.
Kate had many favorites. These:
It was kind of like Will in the Egyptian section of the Louvre. Again, I won't be posting all the photos here. Maybe just one more of her "favoritest flowers ever!!"
These were some of my favorites:
Will liked the flowers more than I expected, but the stepping stones crossing a lake proved to be the most exciting part of our visit. He fearlessly leapt from one "stone" to another, while I cringed and yelled from the shore to be careful.
And there were swans.
Will loved that. I've got lots of pictures like this:
Swans make him happy.
There was also a big windmill:
And traditional dancers:
And a petting zoo with cute baby sheep:
Bunnies with red eyes (or is it just the photo?):
And drink from old-fashioned pumps:
And this giant turkey. Kate's comment: "I bet he's delicious! Poor turkey." My little empathetic carnivore...
There was also a cute Russian doll photo op:
And a snake that fascinated Will:
But even better was the playground. It had a zip line:
A great rope climbing structure:
And a tire swing for spinning till you're just about to lose your lunch:
Every child's dream.
Next up: How I dragged the family all over Holland in search of windmills, lots of windmills.