We were in Brussels over the weekend with my niece who is studying there and in between copious amounts of moules, steak frites and Leffe, we took a train (well four as it turned out) across the border into Holland to visit the Keukenhof Gardens near Leiden.
What should have been a two and half hour trip took us six hours thanks to a one day strike on the Belgian rail network. But we got there and enjoyed it hugely.
It's got to be said that the Keukenhof is not a place of understatement but if you want bulb displays this is the place to go to. We had hoped to bicylce by some of the bulb fields in the area around Lisse but because of the delays getting there we could only photograph those neighbouring the gardens.
And here are some of the displays in the Keukenhof itself - not just tulips. Don't go there if you're looking for subtle play of design and delicate colours - this is a Disney of the plant world and enjoyable for that.