Looking ahead: Dream trips

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2019)

Thinking about dream trips

To celebrate my 50th birthday I am looking ahead to the places I haven’t gotten to yet, but would like to visit someday. Those places include the following:

Holland’s Gardens and Tulip Fields in Spring

red and yellow tulip

Even though tulips (and tulip mania) originated in Turkey, Holland has long taken since over as the place for growing tulips and other flower bulbs.Each spring the country is ablaze with blossoms. Many of these are along Holland’s Bloemen Route (Flower Route), a 25 mile scenic drive between Haarlem and Leiden. The most famous place to view the flowers is Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, which is open from mid-March until mid-May. There are a number of other gardens in the region (including Hortus Botanicus, one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, located in Leiden) and, during the growing season, many fields are open to tourists. (Most fields are used to grow bulbs, rather than cut flowers, and the flowers are cut-off shortly after peak bloom.) The world’s largest flower auction is also held in Holland, in Aalsmeer, and tourists are welcome to visit here as well.

As in my own garden, different bulbs bloom at different times during the spring. In Holland the show begins by February with the first crocuses and continues through May as the daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths, and tulips come into bloom. The tulips are most likely to be at their best in April, although there will be some in bloom from March through May. Of course, many summer flowers are also grown in this area too, making it lovely over a long season.

Socotra (or Soqotra), Yeman – The Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

I’m a big fan of weird geology, tropical beaches, and odd plants. This means there may be no place on earth that intrigues me as much as Socotra, a small island off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden.


Cartagena, Colombia


Puerto Rico

Florida Keys


Petra, Jordan

The Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, China

Southern Skåne and Öland Island, Sweden

The Cook Islands

Some of these I’m unlikely to ever see for myself, but one can always dream!

Five years later

I’m looking at my (unfinished) list again almost five years after I started it.

What surprises me is how many of these places I’ve actually visited over the past five years. Without looking at in over those years, I ended up getting to quite a number of them, including Morocco, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys, and Laos. I also have plane tickets to the Cook Islands to celebrate my birthday in November. And I think we are finally going to get to Cartagena next winter.

That’s half the list!

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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