I just came back from a lovely 10 day vacation to Amsterdam & Paris with my friend, Kaye. The original plan was to go straight to Paris where she was scheduled to run the Paris marathon. I invited myself along and asked if we could visit Holland. She was game and off we went!
Visiting Holland is like visiting the flower mecca of the world. I truly was in flower heaven. Kaye might have had a bit of flower overload.. 😉
Floriculture is a major industry in Holland. The Dutch floricultural business employs approximately 50,000 people.
“Holland remains the center of production for the European floral market, as well as a major international supplier to other continents. The flower auction at Aalsmeer is the largest flower market in the world. Since the mid-1970s, the production and distribution of cut flowers in Netherlands has burgeoned. In 1995, Dutch growers produced over 8 billion blooms and the flower auctions collectively traded more than 5.4 billion guilders (about $3.2 billion) in cut flowers and potted plants, contributing over 4 billion guilders annually to the Dutch balance of trade.” (wikipedia)
Over the next few days I will be posting about our visit to Aalsmeer, Keukenhof, flower shops of Paris, gardens in both cities. I took about 1700 photos with a large portion of those being flowers. So get ready for lots of pretty!
Let’s start with our arrival in Amsterdam, we headed out for a relaxing walk through the city:
We came across this lovely shop in Leidseplein called Ivy. They had such a beautiful shop filled with luscious flowers:
Back on the streets of Amsterdam:
Scenes from Amsterdam:
What do you think so far??
Tomorrow.. Aalsmeer flower auction.