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One of the best seats for the floral fireworks is from the deck of a barge

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Display gardens at the last Floriade in 2002 (a once a decade event). This year's floral extravaganza opens April 5 and is being held in Venlo, near the Belgian border.

Barbara Ramsay Orr

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Make like a local: Take a bike excursion to drink in fields of flowers.

Barbara Ramsay Orr

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Walk among the floriculture at Keukenhof garden in Lisse where more than seven million tulip bulbs bloom each year.

Barbara Ramsay Orr

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A riot of spring colour erupts in the 32-hectare Keukenhof garden.

Barbara Ramsay Orr

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Take Panache, a European Waterways barge, to explore Floriade 2012.

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Teddy lives on the Nooit Volmaakt, a resorted Dutch barge.

Robert Orr

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Barge tours travel through the canals of Nemours, France.

Barbara Ramsay Orr

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