On the second day we had planned to go to the Keukenhof Gardens. After a quick bite at the airport we then bought our tickets at the Keukenhof stall, you can either buy an entrance ticket and organise your own transportation to the gardens or you can buy a combi-ticket which includes return bus travel. We got the combi-ticket because it is so much easier, however the queue for the bus was really long. I think we queued for about an hour and it was also pouring that day, we thought okay maybe there won't be so many people going today then but no, no no. There was also taxi drivers trying to get a group of people together to pool to the gardens but obviously we had already bought our bus tickets. The bus journey itself was around 30 minutes.
The Keukenhof is massive, we easily spent a good 4 hours in here and thankfully there were spots of sunshine here and there. There were a lot of people but because the garden is so big you can just move to a more quiet area if you wished. Keukenhof is also known as the 'Land of Tulips' but they also had a number of different flowers too.
Both me and J.Y are not 'map-people' when it comes to travelling abroad so we were just walking and walking until we got peckish and just in time we found a canteen in the garden. I think we walked for about 2.5 hours at this point and thought surely we've been around most of the garden already so we just took our time eating.
In the first picture we got berry smoothies, a giant meatball and curry croquettes (we did not know it was curry until after). Also with the croquettes you get a bread roll, which we thought was pretty weird but it actually worked out good because the meatball was way too salty so we just made a meatball sub instead. Then for dessert was an apple pie slice. How the meal looked was probably how it tasted, it was not the most worst meal I have had but it was edible. After lunch came more exploring, along the way we found an Orchid house which was absolutely gorgeous inside.
There was even a small animal pen in the gardens and it had llamas! Just look at them with their cool fringes and non-moving posture.
There was a bound-to-happen episode at the end where we did get lost but we thought we would be clever and just go with our intuitions even though our sense of directions are horrendous. However after reaching a motorway we thought okay, we should both ask for help and use the gigantic maps we were given, of the garden. After locating the correct entrance and bus stop, we made our way back to the hotel to rest up a bit and then go back out to the city centre for dinner.