We don't know about you but we love to see flowers against the backdrop of different locales. It's feeding our thirst for travel while Covid continues to lockdown countries around the world! Come on a virtual tour with us and see some of the most beautiful flowers in their natural habitat.
Belgium - Bluebells
Known as "The Blue Forest", this field in Hallerbos, Belgium is a wonder in springtime each year. The entire forest floor turns into a sea of purplish bluebell blossoms during bluebell season.
Thailand - Lotus Flowers
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Lotus flowers are considered sacred in Thailand and, of course, are also very popular in India as well. This lake in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park has seen the flowers open for the first time in ten years this year, following an extensive drought.
Holland - Tulips
Holland and tulips go hand in hand. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, tulips became so popular there was an economic boom around them and bulbs were sold for unbelievably high prices. Today, flowers bloom throughout the region around springtime and it's still a major tourist attraction.
Ukraine - Sunflowers
Originally cultivated in the Americas, the flower is now the national flower of the Ukraine, with 60% of the worlds sunflowers now grown in Russia and Eastern Europe. Beloved by the Ukrainians, sunflowers in their folk imagery represent the warmth and power of the sun.
Japan - Cherry Blossoms
Out of all the amazing things to do in Tokyo, cherry blossom viewing ranks at the top of the list, even though it's famously unpredictable from year to year. While cherry blossoms usually bloom as early as mid-March in the southwestern parts of Japan, places north of Tokyo can celebrate their floral spectacle until April or even May.
Scotland - Thistle
The national emblem of Scotland, the thistle is a tall, spiky plant that disperses its ripe seeds as fluffy thistledown. Legend has it that the thistle became Scotland's national symbol after an invading Norse army stepped on the plant and cried out, rousing a sleeping party of Scots who then vanquished the invader.