As expected, spring in Holland is synonymous with expansive, colorful tulip fields but it’s actually the earlier blooming cherry blossoms that mark the arrival of spring here in Amsterdam. This batch of cherry blossoms first caught my eye during an afternoon walk through Vondelpark. It seems they arrived a bit earlier in the year than expected but that’s just fine with me!
After a long, cold winter, spring attempted to arrive early this year—can you believe that we enjoyed a few bursts of warm, sunny days as early as February (!?) only to follow with long stretches of grey, bleak skies and chilly winds. Fortunately, this combination must have been exactly enough sunshine to wake up the sleeping cherry blossoms. Towards the end of March, an explosion of sakura popped up around the city and soon enough, a few of Amsterdam’s parks were taken over with fluffy pink blooms!
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