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June 7, 2015

Tulips in Technicolor

Let’s see, for a blog post about visiting the world-famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in Holland, what headline would you use? I admit that my knee-jerk reaction was to go with “Tiptoe through the Tulips.” But besides being too obvious a choice, am I the only one who thinks Tiny Tim was a really creepy dude? I saw this video and thought…euwww. Luckily, I just read about MoMA’s new exhibition celebrating 100 years of Technicolor. Bingo! The description of filmmakers using Technicolor to stage “a full production in candy colors” couldn’t be more perfectit’s Keukenhof to a T!

On a warm, sunny day halfway through our European trip, Andrew and I took two buses from Amsterdam to get to Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. The 80-acre park is only open from mid-March to mid-May, and we were among the one million tourists from around the globe who made the journey this year.

Here are our tulip* picsall unfiltered and only lightly edited. (Btw, I’m omitting captions because I could spend a crap load of time brainstorming clever summaries, and each one would still end up sounding like “glorious ribbons of flowers in full bloom.”) Pro tips: since we don’t have smell-a-vision to share the heady floral scent, view the images while sniffing a bottle of Lilac Path perfume. Also, click on each photo to enlarge. Enjoy!

* You may be wondering why the Dutch are so wild about tulips. Check out this fascinating book which recounts the history of the tulip, and breathtaking rise and ruin of tulip speculation in the 17th-century Netherlands. For historical fiction, try The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas.

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