After passing through the gates of Keukenhof, our jaws dropped. We had never seen so many tulips. Tulips of all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. Sure, there were bright reds, violets, and yellows. But then there were the others; Ice cream tulips, Van Gogh tulips, Aphrodite tulips, and Holland Queen tulips. The scent was mind-altering, transporting us into a state of pure bliss. The sun shined down on us on an unseasonably warm 80-degree day. A live band played romantic music in the background. Walking through Keukenhof was like walking through a dream. Keukenhof was built like a fantasy, but it was indeed the most beautiful reality we’ve ever walked through.
The rest of our time in Amsterdam was spent exploring the magical city. Mornings were spent biking through Vondelpark, afternoons were spent admiring the lovely artwork at the Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum, and evenings were spent walking hand-in-hand alongside the dozens of canals. The city of Amsterdam is simply spectacular in every sense.
We were luck to have the sun shining on every single day of our vacation to Amsterdam. Temperatures soared above 70-degrees (Fahrenheit) and the city was buzzing because of it. While there are so many amazing adventures and activities in Amsterdam, one of our favorite things to do was be with its people. Extended lunches at outdoor cafes, sharing drinks on canal boats, reading in Museumplein, and people watching in its various outdoor public spaces.
One of the greatest parts about Amsterdam is its juxtaposition of order and class right alongside its vices. Amsterdam is a city that is so clean, orderly, and safe, but it still effortlessly possesses its sensual side. After rousing our intellect at museums across the city, we would walk a few streets over to stimulate our sensuality in the Red Light district.
I don’t believe that we have ever visited a city that could rival the zest for life that Amsterdam possesses. Everyone is always enjoying life – whether they’re on bikes, at cafes, cruising the canals, or enjoying the public space, the residents of Amsterdam truly lead a life worth living.
Our time in Amsterdam was one for the romantic record books. We only just left and we’re already planning our return back. From the magnificent tulip fields of Keukenhof to the plethora of illustrious art, the charming canals to the enjoyable epicurean scene, Amsterdam is the picture-perfect for starry-eyed surprises and adoring escapes. Our time was filled with enchanted starry-lit nights, long walks by the canals, and the time with one other.