location scouting guide: dutch tulip fields (part three: lisse)
Where I really wanted to focus my time in Dutch flower land was the tulip and flower fields in the area surrounding Keukenhof. All the travel guides I had read going into the trip had encouraged it. So I left Keukenhof after only two hours there (I don’t doubt that you could spend 4+ hours there). I was a woman on a mission.
Armed with a screenshot of a bike route and Google maps, I took a right out of Keukenhof and headed toward downtown Lisse. The town smells of baked bread and chocolate and I really should have stopped to eat. But, again, I had a mission.
I was a little skeptical about the amount of fields that I would actually pass. Fear not. They cover the area. Really, any direction you bike there is a flower farm. I even stopped a few times and asked the farmers if they would mind if I took their photo.
I spent a bit of time with one farmer in particular who was “breeding” (as he put it) flowers. I stopped to ask him if I could take a few photos of his field and wound up sticking around a bit to take photos of him pollinating his flowers.
And that, taking photos of Kees Van Der Salm was the highlight of my journey. So I packed it in and headed back to Hillegom to catch the last train before rush hour…following flower fields the whole way there.