Monday, 1 October 2012

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, L for Lisse

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Heereweg, the main street in Lisse.  Photos from the Wikipedia information.


Coat of arms
From Wikipedia:
The history of Lisse is closely related and similar to the neighboring towns of Hillegom and Sassenheim. Based on a document from 1198 which makes official mention of the town's name, Lisse celebrated its 800-year anniversary in 1998, although there is an indication that there was already a settlement there in the 10th century.
In the Middle Ages, Lisse was a small settlement; there were only 50 houses in 1500. Because of prolonged warfare (particularly the wars of Charles the Bold and the Eighty Years' War), poverty was prevalent. Its population lived from agriculture, animal husbandry, and peat harvesting.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Lisse was, like Hillegom, home to many estates of rich merchants and nobility. The forests and gardens of the Keukenhof, and of these other estates were removed to make way for the cultivation of bulb flowers. The sandy soil in Lisse's surroundings were highly suitable for its growth provided the soil was fertilized. The nearby dunes were excavated and forests cut down progressively over time for more fields for the flower business. This brought employment and prosperity to this area.

Windmill in Lisse.
Lisse is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland

When I first met my husband in March 1963 he took me to Lisse, where we visited Keukenhof. For me it was the first time to see this beautiful park. It was spring after a long and very cold winter. It was a delightful and wonderful display of a great variety of flowering bulbs like tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. This park is a very important attraction for tourists from all over the world. The photos I show, are from an unknown photographer and I got them from an e-mail friend.
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Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful post, Wil, and such gorgeous captures for the day!! I have visited Keukenhof and for the tulip festival and what wonderful memories I have of the time spent there! Thanks for sharing the beauty and for the memories!!! Have a great week!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have to say Wil that wherever I have been in the Netherlands I am always struck by how pretty everywhere is. Lisse is lovely.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photos, wonderful place. I find this little corner of your world totally fascinating.

eileeninmd said...

Lisse is a lovely town! The park is just gorgeous and looks very well care for. The flowers are just beautiful. Your photos and mosaics are just stunning, well done!

Roger Owen Green said...

Lisse is your place of LOVE!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Cloudia said...

Dear Wil; I enjoy your posts and your comments around the blog-o-sphere.

YOU are magic to me. I often think of you with warmth and
Aloha from Honolulu,
Wishing YOU the Best
Comfort Spiral

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lotusleaf said...

Flowers bringing prosperity- amazing! The photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely place - so full of gorgeous flowers!

Ann said...

flowers of Holland, they are so lovely.

Starnitesky said...

I always learn when I visit your blog, such a beautiful place to visit, so pretty. Lovely that you have good memories of Lisse

photowannabe said...

Wil, your world is breathtaking.
The town is delightful and thanks for all the information about it.
The flowers and grounds of that park are stunning. I think I would wear out my camera there.

Leslie: said...

Wow! Looks like a lovely place to visit. Beautiful photos, Will.

abcw team

Kate said...

The environment is outstanding and quite LOVELY. So many of those flowers are perfect for a painting. Kate, ABC Team

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful visiting with you on travels in Lisse ~ excellent photography and info ~ (A Creative Harbor)

EG CameraGirl said...

Lisse is such a pretty place! How nice that you have fond memories of your husband there.

Lisa said...

This sounds like a fabulously wonderful place! I love the photos and the history behind the town is so interesting. Thanks for the tour!

Ann said...

This brings back so many happy memories, we were in Kukenhof for a European vacation years ago. My hubby and our 2 children and my sister her husband and 2 children toured Europe for 22 days. What a beautiful country you have.

Hazel said...

Enjoyed the photo slideshow, and I appreciate you showing the flag. It helps one connect to a place easily. Thanks a lot.

Paula Scott said...

Oh, my! Those flowers grown there in Lisse are amazing. And, such interesting history as how the commerce came to be.

Gattina said...

I have been visiting the Keukenhof in June this year, when I babysitted little grandson Toby in Amsterdam. My son took us to Keukenhof. Amazing place, unfortunately the high season for tulips was already gone.
ABC Team

Laloofah said...

Lisse is indeed lovely, and Keukenhof is one of my very favorite places in the world! Photos of it look unreal, but it really is every bit that breathtakingly beautiful and then some, isn't it? My husband and I visited The Netherlands in 1998, and though we had many wonderful experiences and saw many fun, interesting and beautiful places there during our very brief stay, our visit to Keukenhof was the absolute highlight. What fond memories you brought back with your lovely post!

ChrisJ said...

Fantastic photographs. So who were the people to first populate Lisse? Sure not the Vikings. Just across the North Sea is where I used to live and of course it was Vikings there from 800 -1000 AD. You must have had your own ancient peoples, I think, like we had the ancient Brits and the Celts.

Tito Eric said...

Such lovely images and most of all, a fascinating historic background. Many thanks for sharing!

Lynette Killam said...

I so enjoyed this post, Wil...wonderful commentary and so many beautiful pictures! I would definitely like to visit there one day...:)

Chubskulit Rose said...

The windmill and the beautiful landscape reminds me of South Korea!

Catching up with ABC. Got busy the past couple of days and just now have the time to visit entries.

Leaping Chipmunk
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Chubskulit Rose said...

Hi Wil, just want to get back to you to answer your question at my blog.

Squirrel and chipmunks are different. Squirrels are a little bigger and has a bushy tail while the latter are smaller. I know that squirrels can climb trees but I haven't seen chipmunks do that, they might but I am not sure.

About Korea, there are mountains and there are also plains. Philippines is my country but we lived in South Korea for two years when my husband was still in the Navy.

Have a great weekend!