Last Wednesday I went to visit Clingendael, which is a large park, and a beautiful one at that too. I originally went there to visit the Japanese garden that is located within the park, but I ended up having a look around the entire park. Don't feel like reading? Scroll to the bottom of the post to watch the travel vlog I made!
The Clingendael estate has been around for centuries, and is located in Den Haag (the Hague). It has different gardens, one of which a Japanese garden which is only accessible for 6 weeks a year. When I went to the estate I only was planning on visiting the Japanese garden. But this one turned out to be quite small, so I ended up walking around the entire park.
While walking I felt a great sense of relaxation wash over me. There weren't any sounds of daily life present, just the whispers of the other people and mainly the singing of the many birds that have made their home at the park. Only when you near the edges of the park you can vaguely hear cars in the distance. But being so closed in by nature really felt great.
There are many different flowers and plants, in all colours and sizes. I was completely in awe, and at the end of the journey I felt sad that I had to leave. I would definitely want to live in that park!
Although the Japanese garden is small, it is absolutely stunning. I had never seen a Japanese garden before, but it made me only more eager to visit Japan. It just has this peaceful feeling, and I love that. It's only open for 6 weeks a year because of the fragility of the plants and flowers. So I visited just in time.
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of birds at the estate. And I managed to capture some of them up close! Especially the herons made me smile. I managed to get real close to them and I just felt so happy. Which is weird, because usually birds don't interest me that much.
And I had a wonderful lunch! There's this small lunchroom that serves coffee, tea, and all kinds of other drinks. And they have sandwiches, cakes, and more. It was a little pricey, but surely delicious!
Would you want to visit this park? And have you visited something similar? Let me know! Also don't forget to watch my vlog and maybe subscribe too ;-)