Images from Tulip Festival

Holland, Michigan is a bit over two hours drive from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Because mapquest calculated it to be less than three hours, I asked my companions to plan on leaving early.

We left an hour later than planned. I drove Auntie Claire’s car. That Hyundai was a treat to drive – even better than my 6-cylinder Camry. The engine was quiet in the expressway, stable and drove smoothly, no indication that it was a 4-cylinder car and with the four of us, the seats were comfortable.

The purpose of our trip was to see fields of tulips. Our expectations were reinforced by their ads – that’s when photography can really trick you. In short we were disappointed although there were many patches of tulips planted around the city.

Holland is a medium-sized city. It is beautiful and the Tulip Time is their biggest
festival which lasts for a week. They had several activities all over town to cater to everyone.

We were blessed with a beautiful weather even though we left Illinois under gray skies. By the time we got there, the sun was out and the temperature was in the high 60s and eventually to mid-70s.

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13 Responses to Images from Tulip Festival

  1. Viveka says:

    How wonderful that you can have a bit of Holland over there too – wonderful gallery that could have been captured anywhere in Holland – colorful and happy. Love the tulip garden chairs. Thanks for bringing me along. *smile

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  2. bebs1 says:

    Thank you for enjoying the trip with me visually. Too bad I didn’t take any food photos.

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  3. Nice, colorful gallery.

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  4. frizztext says:

    it really looks as if you made a trip to Europe, Holland = The Netherlands!

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  5. Wow, that looks unbelievable like the European Holland. Weird.

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  6. bebs1 says:

    Thank you Photography!

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  7. bebs1 says:

    The Dutch culture is very strong in Holland, Michigan. Many of their architectures too. Except for the lack of tulip fields and canals.

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  8. bebs1 says:

    I know. It was really worth the drive jingsandthings.

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  9. Malou says:

    Happy to see your own version of the Dutch Tulip festival complete with the “klompen” and those men and ladies in traditional costumes. Still, you must come and see the real place in spring, Lou. 😉

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  10. bebs1 says:

    If you look again the other ladies are dressed as men. Every young women in town must have participated because there were so many of them. I’ve only been to the Netherlands once and that was before I came to the US, I really want to. Just looking at your pictures – am already dreaming.

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  11. LolaWi says:

    oh i’d like to walk the city next time

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  12. bebs1 says:

    It is definitely worth staying overnight. Watch the sunset in Saugatuck, stay overnight in Holland so you can see a show and/or enjoy the carnival and the next day watch the parade and street dancing.

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