The countdown has begun. By this time next week, Lola and I will be in Europe. God-willing!
I’m doing last-minute preparations, such as buying our Keukenhof tickets online. Keukenhof (photo from the official website) is the largest bulb flower park in the world, featuring tulips, hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs (with tulips intentionally mentioned repeatedly!). It drew over 42 million visitors in the last 58 years, covers an area of 32 hectares and, with 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties, 7 million flower bulbs planted by hand and more than 2500 trees in 87 varieties, it is no wonder that it dares to proclaim itself to be “the most photographed place in the world.” Their motto this year, incidentally, is Bring Your Camera. And I definitely will bring mine. Which makes me wonder if two 2-gig memory cards are enough for our whirlwind 6-six day, 3-city European tour…
I’m also planning to buy us Paris Visite passes, that will allow us unlimited travel on the bus, metro, tramway and RER networks in Paris and its suburbs, and Paris Museum passes, that will allow us to visit as many times as we like and without having to queue, more than 60 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area, such as Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Sainte Chapelle, Musee d’Orsay. The Louvre is on top of our must-see list, naturellement, as we definitely must see with our very own eyes the original Mona Lisa.
I’ve been doing some last-minute research, as well, on the more practical aspects of our trip, such as finding out about public toilets in Paris. It may sound funny now, but one day, when you’re in Paris and in dire need of the wc (pronounced as double-veh seh), you will thank me for finding and sharing with you this very useful piece of information ;)
Gotta cut this post short now because I just remembered that I still have to book Lola her tour to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc!