We were in Holland last weekend, to see tulips before the season was over.
The Keukenhof, a large and beautifully landscaped garden filled with varieties of tulips, reminded me of the botanical garden at Ooty. The differences were obvious, the most significant one being the large number of tourists (We caught some in amusing positions, photographing flowers from every conceivable angle).
Around the garden there were tulip fields, some in full bloom and some already harvested; we rented bicycles and rode around the fields, sometimes on narrow roads that ran along a stretch of water.
The next day we spent some time at the beach, watching kids play in the sand. Children make very good subjects for photographs, and I could capture a few memorable pictures.
Those few moments during the bike ride and at the beach seemed timeless, and we wished we could stay longer. The weekend was over in no time, and we returned both happy and sad.