Certainly not us as my wee horticulturalist dragged me along to Keukenhof.
As payback for agreeing to see the Oranje national team play Greece in Rotterdam.
Keukenhof is considered by many as the ‘Garden of Europe’.
With approximately 7 million bulbs planted there every year, including 800 varieties of tulips.
And we all know how much the Dutch love their tulips.
And how they have enriched them and energised them over their history.
Admire the indoor and outdoor displays of bulbs, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, which covers over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance.
Discover the Tea Garden of Jacqueline van der Kloet, the international garden designer.
Renowned for her artistry in combining bulbs with perennials, shrubs and trees.
You’ll also visit individual private gardens in the Northeast Polder, explore the Hortus Bulborum museum garden.
And drive along the famous Bulb route to see vivid displays of colourful tulips.
And there’s a full day in this three-day trip to uncover the highlights of Amsterdam, including a canal tour… and Amsterdam canal pilots are priceless.
This tour will be led by Rosie Maye aka the Insomniac Gardener.
And she will be available at all times to help and advise you, although I suspect my wee horticulturalist would fit that bill perfectly too.
The trip departs on 17th April and comes in at from €1479pp including return flights, transfers, three nights’ B&B in the 4-star Leonardo Boutique Museumhotel and guided by Rosie Maye (aka The Insomniac Gardener).
Gardens of Cornwall: And the UK’s equivalent is Cornwall (whisper it around Kent) because of the Gulf Stream giving it one of the mildest climates on the island.
You’ll have an opportunity to see rare, exotic and tender plants, sent by plant collectors for over 200 years.
Magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias flower here in the spring.
You’ll be based on the coast in Falmouth, beloved too of football tours (and again apologies for past misdemeanours).
Wiser now I’d stay out of the nightclubs and lap up the day trips to the restored Lost Gardens of Heligan.
And the now fully developed and innovative Eden Project as well as other private gardens.
The tour will be accompanied by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide throughout the tour.
Departs on 12th March from €1199 pp, including return flights, transfers, four nights accommodation on a half board basis at The Falmouth Hotel and garden expert.
All something to think about so start dreaming of a green Christmas.
Such as the route Baron Georg, Maria and the kids took out of their home on their flight from the Nazis.
Which would have led them directly into Adolf Hitler’s retreat, the Wolf’s Lair.
The real Von Trapp journey
Rather, the Baron, who had Italian citizenship, took the family to a train station in Italy from where they emigrated to America.
If you remember too from the movie that the Baron was a naval officer the that helps too in his story.
Because that dates back to the Austro-Hungarian empire when the now-landlocked Austria had a shoreline along the Balkans and most importantly in Trieste.
And it was because the Baron hailed from Trieste, by the 40s in Italy, that allowed him entry into Il Bel Paese.
All of which you’ll hear embellished, and much more besides, if you avail of the subject of today’s focus, the Platinum Premium Guide Tour, and their New England offering. And book and pay by December 5 to save up to 20 per cent.
A bountiful region
The highlight of their Beauty and Bounty of New England eight-day Guided Tour in the US for us would be staying in Stowe, the home of the Von Trapps.
You’ll also take in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution.
But also more, much more, of New England and savour the many flavours of the region.
Including a maple syrup farm, where you can taste the sweet golden liquid tapped straight from the trees.
And ride a gondola at Loon Mountain Resort in New Hampshire‘s White Mountain Mountains and see as far as Canada.
Platinum flag up too Maine‘s oldest lighthouse in Portland and to celebrate your trip with a decadent fresh lobster dinner.
The world’s your oyster
Folks after our our heart as that is exactly what I did after my summer working in Boston when I bade a temporary farewell to my buddy Neily.
By insisting that we dine on my last night there at the most expensive, exclusive and oldest restaurant, the Union Oyster House, near Faneuil Hall.
And, of course, it is still there, and I daresay providing customers with bibs for their bucket of all that you can eat from the harbour.
Platinum’s offer is from €3440, and reserve with a deposit starting form €100.
Now that’s the sound of music to our ears… New England and the Vermont Trapp family had their home.