It’s a quiet morning in Utrecht. The narrow cobbled streets are shy with the absence of bicycles and people, and as I approach the tall Dom Tower in the heart of the city center, I can hear my breath in the silence. Rather than being eerie, it’s a treat. I revel in the fact that I have the city to myself on this early Saturday, and start my day in Utrecht by exploring hidden corners that I wouldn’t have noticed had I been distracted dodging people and bikes.
It’s raining in Rotterdam. Serious precipitation. None of the spitting drizzle we get in London; this is downpour-grade falling water. But I don’t mind, because even though I only have one day in Rotterdam, I’ve found the best part…and it’s indoors.
If you only had one day to explore a city, what would you do? Start with the big attractions? Get off the beaten path? Eat? Drink? Shop? This is the challenge I’m facing in the Netherlands, where I have three days to explore three cities and a million ideas for how to spend my time.
My favorite flower is the tulip. Happy and colorful, tulips are always a cheerful reminder of spring. As such, for my birthday my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Amsterdam to visit the famous tulips at Keukenhof Gardens.