I've also been enjoying sites like these...
And, yes, I'm still here in Iowa.
We were at the 75th Annual Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa.
It was cold, breezy, and drizzling the morning we were supposed to go. But I was stubborn, and Hubster was obliging, so we made the nearly 2 hour drive, despite the weather.
I'm glad we did.
It turns out Tulip Time is a really, really big deal. And for good reason.
Pella, settled by Dutch immigrants and steeped in Dutch culture, is one of the most gorgeous towns I've ever been to. I want to live there now.
The streets are clean, the shops charming, the whole setting picturesque.
In fact, almost too much so. It feels a little surreal, almost theme-park in character. That may have been due to the hundreds of people dressed in Dutch garb.
And not just the people in the parades, but people in the shops, people in the crowds, people everywhere.
We enjoyed the tulips (even though the early warm weather meant that the tulips were just past prime, there were still enough to oh-and-awe over).
Yes, there is dirt on Monkey's face. I don't have time to Photoshop it off, so you get the real deal.
We enjoyed the windmills.
We enjoyed the parades. We enjoyed the wooden shoes.
So much that I had to get a pair to bring home. C'mon. They're wooden shoes. I had to get some!
It didn't rain on us. In fact, the sun broke through as we shared a funnel cake and watched Dutch dancers.
Even Monkey got in to the Dutch spirit.
Especially because I have my own wooden shoes.