I’m a Fall person. Yet, after long months of cold short days, when it’s dark just after lunch, when you need to put on multiple layers of clothing just to step outside for a 5 minutes walk to the supermarket, the soul starts to beg for a break. When the clocks change in March, and the day seems to get longer by the minute, when you finish work at 5:30pm and it seems there is still another day to live before bed, we rejoice.
The sun is a guest that stays for a bit longer and doesn’t hurry back home for some time. And the trees that have been naked for so long, start to finally flourish in their different green tonalities. Another circle of life – birds happily chirping early in the morning, the buzzing of little insects and bees getting the nectar for their beehives. It’s mating season, and I occasionally hear a catfight. And I can finally wear a light jacket, no scarf or hats needed. It’s the season of rebirth.
And while I die of love for the autumnal colours of Fall, I must say that the bright colours of Spring also push some heartstrings. How could they not? Sometimes, after a tough day, a tough week, I look at the flowers blooming, the trees getting dressed, the sun in the blue sky, only punctuated with some white fluffy clouds, and I think to myself how wonderful. All of our “problems” suddenly are so insignificant, but how privileged are we to live on this planet.
And of course, how privileged am I to be able to go to Amsterdam once again and tick off a very important thing from my bucket list – see the Dutch tulips in full bloom. Now, for a serious tulip fix, you’ve got to check out my post on Keukenhof Gardens. Yet, visiting Amsterdam this time of the year is also a great way to experience Spring – there are tulips all around the city, and they are gorgeous and…it’s free!
So here are the four things you should absolutely do in Amsterdam to enjoy the Spring.
1 – Walk!
If you can, walk. That is one of my rules when I travel. Of course, sometimes you do need to take public transport – either because the distance is way too much, there is nothing interesting on the way, or you simply need to save time. But Amsterdam is a very walkable city, you just need to be aware of the cyclists! There isn’t a better way to feel part of the pulse of a city. And if the walk is pleasant, even better. In Amsterdam, if you take the metro or the tram, you will miss out on the tulips planted all around town.
2 – Take a moment to catch a breath in Vondelpark
Vondelpark is the Hyde Park of Amsterdam. A huge green space where you can enjoy some sunshine, giggle at the ducks, and simply slow down. I like watching people walking their dogs too.
3 – There isn’t a better time to visit the Bloemenmarkt
The floating flower market dating from 1862, is where you can find blooms from tulips to geraniums, and take some bulbs home with you. You can also buy other souvenirs, such as magnets or wooden tulips.
4 – Get yourself some frites – you need them after so much walking!
And of course, all of these activities aren’t unique to Amsterdam. Look outside and really see. We are usually so busy looking at our own problems. Outside, Nature keeps going, again and again, performing its miracles. Let’s try not to miss out.