Today is the day we have looked forward too since we started this journey. Today was Keukenhof Garden day! Keukenhof Garden is a beautiful showcase of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, calla lilies, and many other flowers. There are over 7 million flower bulbs planted so that they bloom continually throughout May. When we first starting planning this trip we decided we wanted to come this time of year so we could see the tulip fields. Sadly the tulips are harvested the first week of May or the end of April so we didn't get to see the fields of tulips but Keukenhof remains open until May 21 so we did get to see the beautiful flowers there. They are everywhere! So while this particular tour did not go to Keukenhof, we ventured out on our own, took the train from our hotel to the airport, the took a bus from the airport to the gardens. We are so glad we did. Hopefully the Internet will cooperate so I can post several pictures.
While we were touring the gardens we actually ran into some people in our group who also ventured out on their own. It is funny to be in
such a big place and run into people you know!
Marsha and Shealyn caused quite a scene in one spot. They kneeled down to take a picture with some of the flowers and they stayed in place so long that Marsha's knee locked up and she couldn't move. Shealyn got the giggles and couldn't help her mother. Finally an older woman helped Marsha to her feet. Of course Shealyn capture it all in pictures. She is still giggling tonight!
After touring the gardens, we took the bus back to the airport and had lunch....we were starving! After lunch we decided to take the train to Amsterdam and walk around the city. It is so easy to navigate around here with the train and bus system. We didn't have any trouble at all. We walked to the Anne Frank House for which you can no longer buy same day tickets. So we just took some pictures of the outside of the house and enjoyed walking the canals and stopping in all the shops. We ate chocolate covered waffles which were unbelievable, especially with all the varieties from which to choose. We learned that Amsterdam is an "anything goes" kind
of city....day or night!
Once we returned to the train station and purchased our ticket back to our hotel, we learned that we had three minutes to make the next train. We took off on a dead run! As we ran up the steps and down the track we saw one of our new friends, Michael, standing outside the train. We knew we would make it because he would never let the train leave without us! We were relieved. It was great to get on the train and see Michael, Jackie, and Carol (friends we have made on this trip) riding back to the hotel with us.
Tonight is a late dinner It will be bittersweet as our bus driver goes off duty (already put in his hours for this trip) and we get a new bus driver for the next two days. We have become very fond of William (bus driver). He has been so helpful, sweet, and funny and we will miss him. Tomorrow is the earliest start we have had as we are winding down this trip and w have t get back through Germany to near Frankfurt to start our journey home. We left
home on April 15th and we fly back home May 9th. It seems to have flown by, but we are ready to get back to the good ole USA! Enjoy the pictures!
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