My mother has long had an obsession with tulips and I guess some of that interest has been passed down. And it turns out that if you hit the Netherlands in early summer you will see tulips EVERYWHERE. My big favourite is to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, a magical place for anyone who even slightly likes flowers. Especially tulips, of course.
|Tulips in Keukenhof|
I grew up a long way from the Netherlands. But I'm pretty sure I thought even as a tiny kid that windmills came from there! (Wikipedia tells me otherwise so skip over here for a brief history of windmills if you're keen). On one trip to the Netherlands (living next door in Germany meant I made several then) I discovered I'd be passing near by Kinderdijk, a place with a whole bunch of windmills thanks to a couple of rivers meeting up there. And it's so magical - I have millions of windmill photos from my afternoon there. Millions!
Whether or not these windmills are all still needed is a question beyond me (I suspect they're mostly there to look pretty now - it's a World Heritage site - but correct me if I'm wrong) but I can't imagine the country without them.
I was enormously pleased when, half way through my hot chocolate, a truck pulled up next to where I was sitting on the main square and proceeded to unload these huge racks of cheese. A real life cheese experience - not just a cliche!
Any other cliches?
If you think of the Netherlands, what else springs to mind? Do you think it's true or just something the tourist brochures say?