Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland
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Keukenhof: The best place to see tulips in Holland

While it’s still the beginning of winter here in the Northeast, it’s never to early to think about spring and the abundance of flowers it brings!

Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland

If you’re like me, you wish you can surround yourself with flowers every day. Well, there’s a glorious place where you can literally do this! Today let’s visit one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and THE best place to see tulips in Holland – Keukenhof!

Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland

Only open for 8 weeks a year, Keukenhof is located in Lisse, Netherlands. It has more than seven million tulips, plus many other types of flowers, in its almost 80 acres of space.

Currently, ticket prices are €18,00 (equivalent to $21.95) if you buy them in person, and  there’s a €1.00 discount if you buy them online.

Keukenhof Gardens Netherlands Holland

As you can see, it’s a very popular place to visit. I recommend buying tickets ahead of time so you don’t waste valuable time queuing for tickets when you could be inside enjoying the gardens.

Let’s go inside!

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Finding Boston’s Parc Monceau: Ramler Park

Paris is known for its beautiful, lush, sweeping parks, and they’re one of the many reasons I really miss Paris. While they all have the requisite benches, ponds, lakes, fountains, and lots of flowers and greenery, each park has something unique about it.

Once I moved back to Boston, I made sure to spend any free time just wandering around, much like I would do in Paris. As a result, I’ve found so many beautiful and serene spots that I never noticed before – and I lived here for 6 years!

On on particular trip, I discovered Ramler Park. This park is really well-hidden and probably only known by its residents.

What caught my attention were flashes of the most vibrant cobalt blue. Once I stepped inside and saw this charming park, I knew I found my Boston-version of Parc Monceau.

Wandering definitely pays off!

Boston Ramler Park fountain

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Unexpected wonderland of Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace

Sometimes planning a trip too much can lead to disappointment because of unmet expectations. In contrast, sometimes a minimal amount of planning, along with some assumptions about a city, can actually increase anticipation because you don’t really know what to expect. I used to watch Passport to Europe on the Travel Channel religiously because it was one of my goals to travel to around Europe. The host, Samantha Brown, made traveling fun and accessible. Every episode, viewers got to see highlights of one European city and the fancy hotels Samantha stayed at. I loved the show so much I even bought the first season on dvd and downloaded the second season on iTunes. This blog’s title was even inspired by the show!

But I digress. Anyway…. back to Vienna. That little spiel was mainly to say that what I knew about Vienna before my trip, I learned from the Vienna episode of Passport to Europe. That episode showed the very posh and extravagant side of Vienna. In that episode, Samantha visited the Spanish Riding School and attended the Officer’s Ball at the Emperor’s Imperial residence. Because of this, in my mind Vienna didn’t seem very relaxed or welcoming. It seemed like one had to have a lot of money in order to enjoy visiting Vienna. I was curious to see if this was actually how Vienna was like, but because of this assumption and my lack of thorough research about what to do and see, I was the least excited about visiting Vienna on my 3 country trip. Surprisingly, Vienna turned out to be my favorite city out of them all!!

Vienna Schonbrunn Palace summer greenhouse
The absolutely stunning Schonbrunn Palace greenhouse

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Parks of Paris: Jardin des Plantes

In our last Parks of Paris post, we visited the magical Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Let’s take the 45 minute Metro ride to the 5th arrondissement and the location of the Jardin des Plantes. This botanical garden not only has row after row of beautiful blooming flowers, but also a zoo and 4 museums! They include the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. Let’s take a tour!

Paris in Boston Jardin des Plantes
Helpful signage showing the different sections of the garden

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Parks of Paris: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Spring has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to visit another charming and magical park in Paris. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement, which is in northeastern Paris. I’d say this park is somewhere between the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau in terms of charm, jaw-dropping beauty, and sense of magic. It’s definitely one of my favorite parks in the world. Let’s wander around!

Paris Parc des Buttes-Chaumont temple
Temple de la Sibylle on the cliff

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Parks of Paris: Parc Monceau

It’s time to visit another beautiful park in Paris!  This time, we’ll travel to Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement.  While not as extravagant as the Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Monceau is still a large and lovely park, with unique elements that make it worthwhile to visit.

The park is quite easy to get to, just take the Metro to the Monceau stop and the entrance to the park is just though the elaborate gates on your left.

Paris Parc Monceau metro station
Monceau Metro stop beside the ornate gates of Park Monceau

If you’re curious about its history, make sure to read the signs at the gate entrances.

Paris Parc Monceau sign
Parc Monceau sign explaining a bit of its history

Entering the park, it doesn’t look that special or unique, but as you take your time to meander around, you’ll find charming little areas in the park.

First, you arrive at this charming bridge.

Paris Parc Monceau bridge

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Parks of Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg

This spring-like weather is making me wistful for spring in Paris, where the flowers are in full bloom, the fountains are crowded with families sailing their toy boats, and the colors are vibrant and diverse, from the glorious blue of the sky, the reds, pinks, yellows, and purples of the flowers, and the greens of the lush gardens and grass.

Paris is the perfect place to visit if you love gardens and parks, since it offers so many beautifully maintained parks.

Today, let’s visit the grandest, most impressive park in Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg, my own personal favorite out of all the parks in Paris.

Paris in Boston Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris in Boston Jardin du Luxembourg

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