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Old 30th April 2009, 15:05   #121
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nice pictures of the blooming tulips, awesome. They llok good in all colors.dont they.

What abt the little cute looking car you got there Sam ?

Is it a battery operated car ?
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WOW awesome pics & the tulips look amazing. I so much wish I was there
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Rudra, if you are here - this photo is for you. I hope you like it.
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Whoa !!! Those tulip fields look awesome. Wonderful snap's Sam.

So serene and colorful. Nature at its best.
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What abt the little cute looking car you got there Sam ?

Is it a battery operated car ?
No no Sunny. That is a SMART. The Smart is an acronym for Swatch-Mercedes ART and it was originally supposed to be called the Swatchmobile. It is a JV between Swatch and Daimler-Benz.

What we drove is a model from Smart called Smart fortwo (for-two people) cabrio. It was not electric but gasoline powered and incredibly comfortable for tall people like Jenny and I.

Buss yahi din dekhna baaki reh gaya tha
, the day I'm offering someone knowledge on cars.

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We've parked at the first tulip field and I have the opportunity to take some good pictures.
Sam/Jenny, these pictures are amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing these.

BTW, did you have to ask for permission before entering these fields? These plants look like they are planted for commercial farming.

In my ancestral village, farmers are usually wary of people venturing into fields.
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Buss yahi din dekhna baaki reh gaya tha, the day I'm offering someone knowledge on cars.
Good one Sam, i should have asked abt ICE in the cute car.

i am seeing lot of these cute little cars(i even saw old model mini yesterday) here in london too and i feel like taking them for a spin and it sort of excites me like when i used to steal the keys of my sister's kinetic honda and take it for a ride just for heck of it.
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In my ancestral village, farmers are usually wary of people venturing into fields.
There were certain fields that had a sign and/or a wire that did not permit visitors. we did not cross any fences or any signs that stopped people.

There is a certain peace in these fields and I am sure that the people (farmers, if you will) who own these fields can probably see us walking by. There were a few other tourists too and everyone was walking very peacefully around the areas that were built for walking.

Nature is a beautiful gift that Holland has and they love sharing it with the world. It is absolutely forbidden to pluck any tulips, but we did catch a Japanese family who stole a few tulips and bundled them into their car.

I was told later by a Dutch colleague that plucking tulips from anywhere is a punishable offence, equivalent to stealing.

Nobody stopped us (though a few people did see us), nobody came to us and the fact that we were trusted gave us the responsibility of walking calmly through these beautiful private fields without disturbing anything and taking away only photos.

Words have failed me completely this time, I am unable to describe the beauty we saw. I just hope you can feel some of my emotions through the photos. I have some more that I shall post later.
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Awesome photography sam, I loved this shot.



Please post some more photos of this paradise.

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Words have failed me completely this time, I am unable to describe the beauty we saw. I just hope you can feel some of my emotions through the photos. I have some more that I shall post later.
These pictures are amazing. Keep them coming.

If I ever visit Holland, I know what not to miss. Thanks again for sharing .
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If I ever visit Holland, I know what not to miss.
To see this, you must visit only during spring. Ideally only between March and May. During the other months you will not have tulips.

To give you an idea, the Keukenhof is only open for 2 months, between 19th March and 21st May this year. So ideally, lovers of flora should opt to go by April.

Also please note that i did NOT go to the Keukenhof gardens, opting for a leisurely time-pass drive+walk through the fields of Lisse. My pictures are from the open fields, not the gardens.
Also - I was able to find tulips in abundance also in Germany at the same time.
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To see this, you must visit only during spring. Ideally only between March and May. During the other months you will not have tulips.

To give you an idea, the Keukenhof is only open for 2 months, between 19th March and 21st May this year. So ideally, lovers of flora should opt to go by April.

Right! April is the right time. We had been to Keukenhof during the last of week of March a few years ago and were most disappointed.

Wonderful pictures Sam! Any plans for Madurodam?

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No no Sunny. That is a SMART. The Smart is an acronym for Swatch-Mercedes ART and it was originally supposed to be called the Swatchmobile. It is a JV between Swatch and Daimler-Benz.

What we drove is a model from Smart called Smart fortwo (for-two people) cabrio. It was not electric but gasoline powered and incredibly comfortable for tall people like Jenny and I.

Buss yahi din dekhna baaki reh gaya tha
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I am seriously impressed.
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I e-mailed a Dutch friend about the windows
And he said that he never knows what to do either!

Great pictures from you both.

I can see that taking tulips is not equivalent to theft, it is theft! Every single one of those blooms has a value to the farmer.

Sam, (and Jenny) --- have you ever been in an English woodland in bluebell season (Spring, again). It is one of my most favourite things in the world!
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Sam, (and Jenny) --- have you ever been in an English woodland in bluebell season (Spring, again). It is one of my most favourite things in the world!
No, have not.
I have heard about it though and it is supposed to be impressive.
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