Keukenhof: pair of red tulips, sun background

Ribbons of Color: Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands

It may have been the biggest (and maybe the finest) surprise we’ve had cruising with Viking. While still in port in Amsterdam, our cruise director (Viking’s Holland & Belgium 2022) reported that tickets were available (unexpectedly) from Keukenhof Gardens in nearby Lisse for the last day of Tulip Festival. And then he asked, “Would any […]

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The tulips at Cherokee: Dogwood Arts 2015

Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival isn’t only about art.  It’s about the beauty of the area, too. And sometimes it’s right under your nose. We pass by Cherokee Country Club on Lyons View Pike almost daily.  And sometimes, not all the time, we note what’s planted in the flowerbeds by the street.  Last year, a profusion […]

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Dogwood Arts 2014: A beautiful beginning!

We always know the dates of the Dogwood Arts Festival in advance — websites, posters, and billboards keep us informed. ┬áBut it’s not until we see the redbuds blooming in town and along I-40 that we know dogwood blooms can’t be far behind. Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 officially runs through April, but blooms don’t […]

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