Looking back at the top 49 of my very favorite photos from our family outing Saturday - taken at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands - I'm reminded of the comment I made to Tobi as we were walking amongst the mosaic of tulips.
"I think we must just be the luckiest people in the world." I said, meaning not just us, but all of the people with whom we shared the glorious gardens on that sunny day. And I really meant it.
Tobi responded not with words, but a skeptical glance, which really said "Are you freakin' kidding me? With these rediculous crowds and €5 sausages?" Later, as we returned to the car, he said, "It's not that I don't like flowers, but this just isn't my thing."
While Tobi may have a had a point - Keukenhof can get overcrowded and is definitely overpriced - I loved nearly every minute of it. Surrounded by so much beauty, I found it easy to overlook the crowds and crazy-expensive cuisine. The gardens are huge, afterall, and even at full capacity you can find a quiet little corner to retreat to, making it feel like your private, secret gardens... if only for a while.