Weekend Trip:2 days in Amsterdam

A quick trip to Amsterdam

There are many reason to travel. Maybe you just need to unwind after hard working days, to explore the world and other cultures, there are even people who travel for clicks and likes on their blog posts. Why did I go to Amsterdam? Tulips. Yes, you read it right, I went to another country to see tulips and that was my one and only reason. The rest was gravy.

Keukenhof Garden is located in Lisse, about an hour and a half from downtown Amsterdam. If you are like me and just want to explore the park, I would advise you to stay in one of the hotels nearby the airport. They all have a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. Besides, the bus line that will take you to Keukenhof Garden is just next to the airport. It could not be any easier.

The park is open from the end of March to mid May when the tulips will be in all their glory and my friends, it was spectacular! So many colors, textures and varieties of tulips that I didn’t even know where to look. Lots of people sneezing though, so if you are allergic to pollen arm yourself with some Clarityn® and go!

For me, this was a whole day visit and I can guarantee that you will need most of the day to visit the whole park. Among the attractions there are coffee shops and restaurants, you can take a boat ride and also see the view from the top of a windmill. Ah! And strawberries, eat those strawberries YUM.

As I only had a couple of days off I went to visit the Rijksmuseum and took a boat ride in the canals. Needless to say, I came back home in awe.

A little bit of history for you: Holland and Brazil share a past. Holland was one of the countries that tried to colonize Brazil. They managed to colonize part of the northeast of the country, more precisely the state of Pernambuco, for a number of years. There, they planted, harvested and sent to Europe the sugar produced in Brazil with the labour of slaves and indigenous people.

The Dutch legacy can still be found in Pernambuco. The Observatory, Zoo, Botanic Gardens and the first bridge built in Latin America.

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