No one could possibly visit the Netherlands at this time of the year without seeing “het Keukenhof”. We certainly did not regret making it part of our holiday. The flowers are stunning, the way they are laid out in the park is imaginative and varied. What a great job. I couldn’t imagine a better way of showing off the Dutch national flower. More photos in our holiday album.
April 2009 Archives
We’re lucky enough to be here during the height of the tulip season. The annual flower parade (bloemencorso) was yesterday and we were predictably stunned at the colour and variety of flowers, even before we left the Hillegom station. I took mostly video with my camera and will upload some when I work out the best way to do so.
We have settled in to our apartment in Delft, where we’ll be until we go to Berlin, next Monday (4th May). We’re very happy with our choice of Delft as our base. It’s quite a historic place, but very much alive. Lots of students around, because of the Technische Hogeschool (Institute of Technology). A lovely mix.
This afternoon, we’re going by train to Hillegom to see the flower parade (bloemencorso). The weather is excellent, sunny, although a little cool by our standard. It’s all looking good!
Singapore is very proud of its success, but doesn’t seem to care much about its past. This visit, Joy and I enjoyed walking around Katong, where our hotel is located. It feels more like Asia than the tower flats and the high rise office towers. Small shops, carrying out business on the footpath and a wonderful variety of food in shops and restaurants.
For dinner last night, we sought out Peranakan food, a mixture of Chinese and Malay cuisine, which is as close as you’ll get when looking for the real Singapore.
Joy has gone to prison (Changi), while I’m making the most of my 24hrs internet access. We’ll re-visit China Town this afternoon and then bunker down in the Qantas Club to wait for our 11.00 pm flight to Frankfurt.
We arrived in Singapore after dark yesterday, but Joy insisted on seeing it from the air in daylight, so...
We did the proper "tourist thing" by taking the cable car to Sentosa Island. More photos in our holiday album.
At the moment, we're giving our feet a break. Tomorrow morning I'll be strong by not buying photographic accessories in China Town, just like Joy has been strong not buying clothes and souvenirs.
The sun set behind the bridge as we came up the Harbour, it's a pretty special place. We're now at anchor on Blackwattle Bay.