[Tulip Festival] A festival started with a royal princess
The story starts with the war.
Once upon a time, in 1943, a baby princess was born in a foreign country where her parents have been sheltering during Nazi occupation of their country, in the Second world war.
The maternity ward of the Hospital was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that the royal baby would be born in no country and would inherit only her citizenship from her mother.
The royal family went back to Netherlands in 1945 and The Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years. Queen Juliana sent tulip bulbs year after year.
In 1953, the first Tulip festival was held in Spring and the Canadian Tulip Festival has grown to become the largest Tulip Festival in the world. (Source: http://tulipfestival.ca/site/about/en )
Queen Juliana returned to Ottawa in 1967, to celebrate the Tulip festival
and Princess Margriet who was born at Ottawa Civic hospital which was a temporary international territory by then, revisited Ottawa at the 50th anniversary of the Tulip festival.
I like cemeteries. You can enjoy thousands of tulips with not too many people around. (My favorite cemetery in the whole world is "Père Lachaise" in Paris, France. I'll post about this place some day). So that is why we went to Beechwood cemetery, instead of Dow's lake or Rideau canal, to take photos of tulips.
There are so many different types and colours of tulips.
I'd like to rest in peace, between tulips too~ Tombs and flowers were so well harmonized that you can enjoy both.
Suddenly tense and warlike, but still with tulips
Crematorium. I hope I be cremated. I am not sure if I want to be kept in the crematorium though. We had a good time at Beechwood.
What is your favorite flower? My favorite is, as I already said, tulips... Because, they are so colourful, showy, classy, and attractive, but not too racy. They are graceful and elegant, don't you agree?
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