Easter this year is tinged with sadness for so many people affected in some way by Coronavirus. I’ve been spending more time at home than usual due to lockdown.
My garden has been my focus recently; it’s been looking very spring like. At Easter in previous years, I’ve gone to visit gardens to see all the spring bulbs and flowers in bloom. Spring is a popular time of year for gardens, just opened for the year. Now, government restrictions mean they are closed, with other attractions and businesses.
As an alternative to a usual visit, I came across a number of virtual tours, of popular tourist sites. Some sites have recently added special virtual tours. If you’re stuck for ideas for the Easter weekend; why not check some of these out and design your own virtual tour.
I did a virtual tour of Keukenhof gardens , Lisse, Netherlands. On one trip a few years ago I visited it along with other places in Amsterdam. The gardens are amazing to see, they are laid out with huge flower beds, full of beautiful tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other spring flowers.
The gardens are one of the largest in Europe and cover around 80 acres of land planted with 7 million bulbs.
Around this area near Lisse, are fields planted acre upon acre with tulip bulbs. These stretch into the distance with their striking, vibrant colours, making the Dutch bulb fields a tourist attraction.
A very popular place to visit in Amsterdam is Anne Franks house. Her famous diary documents the years from 1942-44 in hiding; before she was captured and sent to the concentration camp, Bergen Belsen.
A virtual tour shows you around her house and the secret annex where she went into hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.
It’s a humbling experience to see this virtual tour; particularly as our movements have been restricted so much.
Easter is symbolic of new life, my poem this week looks ahead…
To the future
Out of the darkness
A sparkling light
It points the way
To the future
Where our hopes
Poem by Nick