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Netherlands, France, Spain - Help Planning When to Go

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My husband and I are entering our retirement years and hope to make 2 trips to Europe for as long as our health, knees, and money hold out. Having just returned from a wonderful 18-day trip to Italy, we are eager to begin planning for 2015 and 2016. Our immediate priorities are France and Spain but we hope to also visit Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Greece and Turkey. We have been to England and Scotland twice, to Switzerland, and to Paris and Amsterdam, and I have been to Athens. Trips will likely be 3-4 weeks each, and we prefer to travel in the Spring and Fall when the weather is often pleasant and the crowds are fewer but we can travel any time of year. We live in a hot, humid climate and enjoy escaping from that!
We are drawn to natural beauty as well as to historic sights, churches, and museums, and would like to visit Keukenhof Gardens, with the tulip fields usually at their peak in mid-April, I believe; and see the lavender and/or poppy fields in southern France, which I understand bloom in July-August. We would appreciate suggestions as to places we could combine with Keukenhof Gardens that might not be too cold and rainy in mid-April through early May; and with southern France that would not be too hot and crowded in July and August. We have thought of possibly doing Keukenhof and most of France in mid-April - early May; then do a trip that combines southern France and northern Spain in July - August, with a separate trip to see the rest of Spain at another time when it would be cooler and less crowded. I know that weather is unpredictable but I do find wisdom in “going with the averages” of temperature and rain.
I hope there is a promising combination of places to visit. Or should we just forget the flowers and travel in May and September-early October, when we have had good luck with weather and crowds so far?
Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge!

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