Tulip Mania

Tulip bulbs for sale at the Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam

Last week I visited the bloemenmarkt, a famous flower market in Amsterdam with its stalls floating on the Singel canal. I was a bit surprised, because I was expecting to see actual flowers for sale (like the Columbia Road flower market in London), but actually it is mostly the flower bulbs that are sold.

Holland has a huge flower industry and is the centre of the European floral market. As a result, flowers here are delightfully cheap!

Carved wooden tulips

 

 

In particular, the Dutch are known for tulips and supply most of the bulbs planted in Europe and North America. You also see a lot of other bulbed flowers, such as daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses.

Aalsmeer, in North Holland not far from Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport, has the largest flower auction in the world, called the bloemenveiling.

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About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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