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The Inspiration: "The flower is aware of the fact that it contains everything within it, the whole cosmos, and it does not try to become something else." — Thich Nhat Hanh

The Place: Tulip fields, Holland

The Reason to Go: From mid-March through mid-May, tulips in every color of the rainbow bloom in western Holland and make the fields look like a beautiful patchwork quilt. Take in the countryside (just outside Amsterdam) on a drive or bike ride or visit the famed Keukenhof, where 7 million bulbs are planted in a 79-acre garden.