Keukenhof

Keukenhof, Netherlands. Probably the place, where flowers have been invented.

Keukenhof

The Keukenhof is a gigantic garden, filled with all different kind of flowers, mostly tulips. It's a fantastic place to go with your camera - All over the place you will see people with cameras, and those who don't have one with them, take out their smartphones.
It's like finding the flower picture you have been searching for a long time, just that it's not one picture but a full SD card full of brilliant pictures - Have a look

In the beginning I was focusing on single flower pictures, but you will soon realize, the place is just amaizing and you won't get far - everythere there are different flowers, one more beautiful than the previous one. And one picture after another ....
There's nothing wrong with that, but at some point it's worth raising your eyes and also to have a look at the beautiful compositions, the experts in gardening create there.

After every corner there's a new composition and they do a really good job in keep feeding you nice sceneries. The contrasts are absolutely brilliant, composing a piece of art with different flowers of different colors, types, and heights ... Spectacular!If you have an eye for aesthetics and enjoy a day in a gigantic garden, you're definitely going to enjoyKeukenhof.

And, of course since it's the Netherlands, there has also to be an obligatory Windmill.

The obligatory windmill when you are in the Netherlands. Yes, it's in the background, because I focused on the flowers.

What to bring when you go Keukenhof

First, have a look at https://keukenhof.nl/ especially at https://keukenhof.nl/en/plan-your-visit/practical-information/. They give you lots of informations about the park itself.

Apart from the official informations, here some recommendations from my side.

First: Plan your trip. Keukenhof needs a day, and you want to have a sunny day for that. Since the Netherlands have quiet a lot of cloudy and rainy weather, you might consider planning two or three days as options, so that you can skip a rainy day. The pre-purchase tickets allow that.

Second: There are busses provided and you should use them, because they bring you directly to Keukenhof.
But in order to go to the bus stops where the busses leave, you should use the public transport. Have already a OV-Chipcard? It's a rechargeable card that is valid in almost any kind of public transportation in the Netherlands. Yes, (almost) every - it's valid for the trains, as well as for the inner-city transport in very city. Now, that's something I consider awesome!

Third: Take your time and enjoy 🙂

Keukenhof is amazing, take your time there. You and the artistic composition deserve it 🙂

Some of my pictures

I've uploaded some pictures about our trip to Keukenhof. Two of them I considered worth putting also on unsplash.

Another teaser for you: A set of some Orchids

And here you go to the full album.


Have a safe trip!

Bread baking - Level up!

My bread baking skill is leveling up Today I took the day off, so I had some time to finally work on my baking skills. And here's what came out of it.

Sourdough based, mixed rye-splen bread, with over-night rise and lots of love 🙂

Yes, I was playing with some filters for the pictures. Totally not visible.

Modified recipe from the book "Slow dought real bread" from Chris Young.

Iceland: Campingcard locations 2018

Download: CampingCard-Locations-2018.gpx

For everyone who plants to visit Iceland, and considers camping, have a look at campingcard.is. This card costs you about 150 bucks and gives you access to a wide range of camping locations.  The locations are good, sometimes, especially when it's raining, the provided indoor accommodations are a bit crowded. Still - it's a nice deal. We did it for about two weeks and it was a nice experience.

Unfortunately campingcard doesn't provide GPX files, so I wrote a python script to extract the locations from campingcard.is and write them to a GPX file last year. Both, the files and the script are available on GitHub.

If you are searching for the CampingCard GPX files, then you also should have a look at https://safetravel.is/ for safety informations around Iceland.

 


Download CampingCard locations as GPX

I've hosted the extracted GPX files for 2017 and 2018 on my blog - you find them here. Please, use at own risk!

Have fun and keep safe!