Every year in May, nearly three million tulip bulbs bloom throughout Ottawa. The Canadian Tulip Festival was born out of a friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. During WWII, Canada granted refuge from the Nazi occupation to the Dutch Princess Juliana. During that time, she was due to give birth to Princess Margriet. The maternity ward of the Ottawa Civic Hospital was temporarily declared international territory, so that Margriet would be born in no country, and would inherit her mother's Dutch citizenship.
Every year since, the Dutch have sent Canada tens of thousands of tulips as a token of their gratitude, with the rest purchased from Canadian and Dutch distributors. Lucky for me, some of them are planted right outside my work. The last shot was taken along the canal during a bike ride (a very Dutch activity indeed).
I'd love to hear - does your hometown have any funny/inspiring/heart-warming stories?
Pants - Hand-me-down (Tuzzi) (last seen here)
Shirt - Thrifted (Carolyn Taylor) (last seen here)
Blazer - Thrifted (George) (last seen here)
Necklace - Dynamite
Earrings - Gift
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