When arriving yesterday I began to wonder about how to find the bus. The directions said right by Starbucks. I happened to see one of the buses leaving -- driving on the highway, so I knew what I was looking for. Then later I saw one of them parked at the pick-up place. How to know the schedule? Oh, perhaps read the sign.
So this morning after breakfast
Well, truly with jet lag I was awake and ready to go at 2 AM, but that was a bit early. It is a few minutes after 8:00 when I went to the bus stop and there was a huge line.
The bus trip took about 20 minutes and true to the publicity we disembarked right at the entrance. It took about one minute to walk to the gate and have the bar code read on my ticket for admission.
And wow! Here are some of the vistas.
And the tulips we have in the states just seem so plain. I looked these striped ones. But then later in another pavilion I learned that stripe tulips were created by a virus, carried onto the tulips by aphids. These days striped tulips are virus free.
This pavilion featured a chrysanthemum display.
I wandered along through an arch.
First black chickens:
And three white ducks and the fluffiest white chicken I have ever seen.
Frankly, I suffered a bit of Euro sticker shock when I looked at the prices of some of thing things in the shops.
For example I found a handbag shaped like a tulip.
On a more serious note I saw this statue of Carolus Clusius. Clusius was given tulip bulbs by the Ottoman Sulimen and brought them to the Netherlands in 1593. In the Juliana Pavilion I learned the Turkish word for tulip is tulipan, a word that is shared for a turban that a man wears. Ah, that's why the Polish word for tulip is tulipan. If any reader can tell me if tulipan exists in other languages, please comment and share what you know.
A bit of walking took me to Willem-Alexander Pavilion. This pavilion was having a perennial show. Lilies are a big feature here.
From this pavilion I set out to find my way to the Beatrix Pavilion.
This route took me by several pieces of art.
By this time I was getting hungry, still having my biorhythm living on a different time zone. I went back to Oranje Nassau. I had a gouda cheese sandwich and a portion of those very good French fries one finds in this country.
Then I decided to slowly take myself back to the hotel. But first I found the Julianna Pavilion.
This pavilion had information about the history of tulips in the Netherlands. I have heard about the tulip mania before, but this poster really helped me understand what happened.
On my way to the exit I found a street organ.
The trip back to the hotel was easy. I waited less than 5 minutes for the bus and then we got back again in about 20 minutes, and the drop off place from the bus was even closer to my hotel than had been the pick-up point. I took a short nap and then started to work on this blog entry. I had a great time at the tulip festival. I'm so glad I got there this time. Now off to Poland tomorrow.