Beach resident Becky Bodnar has graciously agreed to share some photos from her summer European travels with the Sand Paper. Here are a few photos from her recent visit to the Netherlands.
The Tulip Museum in Amsterdam
Tulips came to the Netherlands around 1550 from ISTANBUL, of all places. In the lavish palaces of 16th century Istanbul, the Sultans collected, nurtured and displayed large quantities of tulips. This beautiful flower, called “tulip” after the Turkish word for “turban,” was brought to Holland from Turkey and quickly became widely popular.
It got so popular that in 1630′s, “Tulip Mania” erupted in The Netherlands and rare tulip bulbs exchanged hands for unbelievable amounts of money.
The city of Haarlem is a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam. Once a wealthy North Sea trading port, it retains its medieval character of cobblestone streets and gabled houses. It’s the center of a major flower-bulb-growing district and famous for its art museums and hofjes (almshouses built around leafy courtyards).