Tulips in Antwerp
This is one of my favorite event organized at Antwerp once in every two year, around mid April. This takes place in a field at Berendrecht, Antwerp. Around 160,000 tulips are grown in this region every two years. It is said that around 450 years back, first tulip bulbs arrived from Antwerp port. A huge celebration was thrown during the harvest. The tradition still continues.
We reached the location by car. There was a small tour train picking up people from the center of the place who wanted to visit the field. We could also walk to field from the parking spot.
The field had colorful carpet of tulips. There was a long queue to enter the field. Everyone were given a scissor at the entrance and certain guidelines as to how we can cut the tulips. People were given an opportunity to pick 10 tulips each for free. There was also a separate field meant only for taking photographs.
There was street food counters, workshop counters and large play area set especially for this day. The plucked tulips could be handed over in a counter where the flowers were rested in water. Meantime we could enjoy the street food and relax. We could also collect a plastic vase in the same counter. There was workshop on flower arrangement.
We got a bunch of flowers home which lasted for 5 days.
Tulip lovers, who also want to get home some free tulips have to visit this place.