The Nappers of Keukenhof

by farrah on April 21, 2014 · 10 comments

Yesterday the weather was spectacular and we needed a plan out of the house. Since we headed up to Keukenhof last year on Queen’s Day, we thought- why the heck not? We were already familiar with it being so crowded you couldn’t move… and we knew where to see the highlights, so we packed up the car and drove the 1.5 hours north to the largest, most amazing and incredible garden in the Netherlands.

Keukenhof

Ok, so maybe there is another garden more beautiful than this one, but I have yet to hear of it. I am no gardener, absolutely not a sense of green anywhere about my person- so I can obliviously appreciate the seemingly effortless beauty and intricate design. I love the colors, the varieties, and even the buzzing bees.

Everybody likes a good nap

But this post is not about the history, the details or even the planning that goes into the garden each year. Nope. Being our second trip, I paid a little more attention to my fellow tourists (because yes, we’re all tourists at Keukenhof) as they are just as interesting as the gardens. I read somewhere that people from over 100 countries flock here each year- and I don’t doubt it based upon the cacophony of languages. Italian, Dutch, Spanish, French and German visitors (don’t forget the Japanese!) love this place.

Keukenhof

One thing that all share in common though is that everybody likes a nap. It wasn’t until our last hour at the park that it dawned on me to take photos of all the napping going on. Now, while a snooze in a park on a sunny day among flowers might not seem like an odd thing- when you think about the thousands and thousands of others walking around them while they dropped to the ground is kind of funny. I’m talking Disney-esque crowds.

Keukenhof

I saw people shoeless, sock-less and dead to the world. It didn’t seem to matter where- as most were next to the sidewalks and people walked by as if it was nothing to see people sound asleep in the middle of such a busy place. It was great.

Keukenhof

I imagine jet lag/travel lag has an impact upon many of these people- and I know all too well that overwhelming feeling to just drop and nap. But sometimes the utter abandon these people displayed in their exhaustion spoke volumes.

Keukenhof

Of course, persons of the smaller variety are given a free pass.

Keukenhof

Why not in front of a restaurant?

Keukenhof

And last but not least, you KNOW my famous nappers took advantage as well. I have yet another photo to add to a ‘Napping In Famous Places’ post which I need to update soon since I officially have more material.

All photos taken by me with my iPhone. And I am seriously so sorry that I didn’t think to take pics of the nappers we saw in the first 3 hours at Keukenhof. Additionally, I’m conditioned naturally to try and avoid background people in my photos- so what you see isn’t exactly representative of how crowded it really was.

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1 Jessica April 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

I really thought when I clicked on the link to this entry that the nappers were just going to be your boys. 🙂

We went up on Friday – but it was rainy and wet so nobody was napping. Although, after we left, the A16 put me to sleep (while my husband drives)…

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2 farrah April 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

haha! Well, they are known for it 🙂 But grown ups like naps too 🙂

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3 Ellen April 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hello, here some more ideas for visiting gardens!

http://www.appeltern.nl/en/

http://www.kasteeltuinen.nl/ (with castle and playground)

http://www.verborgentuinen.nl/?id=1&linkcat=1 (people open up their own private garden and you can visit. This one is in Rotterdam but there are more city’s who organise this. (not so attrective with little kids I think)

http://www.paleishetloo.nl/en/

and this a site with all kind of day trips. You can search on province or date or kind of trip:
http://www.vandaagopstap.nl/zoeken/1-1//all/1-7/Noord-Brabant

groeten, Ellen

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4 farrah April 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

As always, thanks Ellen! You always give me the best ideas!!

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5 Elizabeth April 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

One of my favorite pictures I have taken is of a toddler napping while his grandmother watched over him at the small pond in Konigsee. It is so quintessentially Alpine that I just about can’t stand it.

https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1238333_10201935316043481_111057923_n.jpg

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6 farrah April 22, 2014 at 6:52 am

!!!

And the way she’s looking at him just makes it even better. Great shot!

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7 Elizabeth April 22, 2014 at 7:01 am

Thanks! She looked at me like I had two heads when I asked if I could take the picture, but it was worth it.

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8 Leighann April 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

haha! What a great idea! I love that they’re everywhere just taking a nap.

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9 Chamisa May 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

so sorry we missed you by a day or two at Keukenhof! We saw some nappers, too, but not as many as in these photos. We took the bus from Schipol and the line was INSANE. I wonder if many of these people are napping after a long travel day??

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