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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

 

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

A typical view from the road along the Dutch Flower Route

The approximately 40 kilometre-long Dutch Flower Route (Bloemen Route) drive stretches from Haarlem in the north to Leiden in south Holland. Spring must-have: The butterfly accessory

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

Countless rows of tulips in the Dutch countryside

At every turn in the road, the view from the car along the Dutch Flower Route (Bloemen Route) is filled with rows upon rows of bright blooms. Floral prints: 15 ways to wear spring's prettiest trend

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

A bike ride through the Dutch tulip fields

In some areas along the Dutch Flower Route (Bloemen Route) you are allowed to bike ride through the rows. The sweet scent is amazing. Designer Dutch: A-list Amsterdam addresses

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

Iconic Dutch tulips...and windmills

Another typical site along the Dutch Flower Route (Bloemen Route) are the iconic Dutch windmills, of course. Photo diary: Amsterdam fashion week

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

Holland-themed tulips

The 2014 flower theme at the Netherlands' famous Keukenhof Gardens is “Holland.”  So it's no surprise that orange (a.k.a. the national colour) is a popular theme in the gardens and floral arrangements. ELLE Canada travel guides: Europe

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

Replica tulip fields at Keukenhof Gardens

Some of the plantings at Keukenhof Gardens are set up to resemble miniature tulip fields that can be seen along the Flower Route (Bloemen Route) in Holland's bulb region. ELLE Canada road trip: Vancouver Island

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

Spring in the Netherlands

One of the best places to take a spring stroll is around the ponds at the Netherlands Keukenhof Gardens. ELLE Canada road trip: Okanagan Valley

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

A traditional Dutch garden

The gardens at Amsterdam's Van Loon museum provide a peaceful setting to enjoy the spring flowers in a historic garden setting. ELLE Canada: Editors Travel Guide

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ELLE Travel: A drive along the Netherlands' Flower Route

Edible flowers in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's De Kas restaurant offers a seasonal menu that includes many edible flowers, even tulips. Paris Travel Guide: Eat, drink and go out

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