Month: January 2016

CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA

With the Carnival in full speed, I thought I’d share with you some photos from the beautiful Italian city – Venice. The Venetial masks The masks are a centuries old tradition of Venice. The Venetian masks are typically worn during the Carnival of Venice, but they have been used on several other occasions in the city’s past. The idea behind them was hiding the identity and social status of the wearer. Laws were passed banning the masks while gambling or wearing them during religious festivals, severely restricting their use in daily life. Later it was stipulated when masks could be worn – during Carnevale! Today the Carnival lasts two weeks, ending with the celebration of Lent, attracting tourists from all over the world. Have you ever been in Venice during Carnevale? Advertisements

MAURITSHUIS

Every now and then I like to plan a day for culture. This time I visited Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is home to some of the best Dutch Golden Age paintings. I finally got the chance to see Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (see below)! The building itself is absolutely gorgeous! It is not very big, so if you are short on time, you’ll be able to quickly see everything. How often do you go to museums?

LITTLE TREATS

We all have those moments when we need just a little something to lift us up. Very often it seems like an unnecessary purchase but it feels so good! Although such spontaneous purchases should not be too hard on our budget, big or small, they can make a huge difference! For myself, going to the market and buying fresh flowers works like magic. I am all about decorating my space and the flowers bring the place to life. How do you treat yourself? Spa? Fancy places? New book?

WHERE THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES

Fuerteventura Today I take you to sunny Fuerteventura! It is the second largest of the Canary Islands located off the coasts of Africa. Beaches & Day Trips   You can enjoy the island all year-round, in Fuerteventura the summer never ends. It has some of the best and longest beaches of all the Canary Islands. Corralejo Around Corralejo are located some of the best sand beaches I have ever seen! Whether you wish to hit the waves or just watch the surfers, the place is a real gem! The region is part of a Natural Park with beautiful dunes blending in with the turquoise water. From Corralejo you can take a bus or taxi (it is not expensive) to Grandes Playas. It is only a short ride away. You have to go there! If you get a chance, go before the sunset and walk on the dunes. Jandia & Morro Jable I went on a day trip down South to Morro Jable. I strongly recommend it! Morro Jable has an incredible beach, however, the best beaches for surfers are just …

HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE

If you still haven’t gotten your hands on this book, now is the perfect time to cozy up with a good read! Because we all love Paris and the melody of the French language, perhaps at some point in our lives we wanted to be French, or just because life as a Parisian is plus belle, the book written by the four girlfriends Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas is a must have. How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are gives a glimpse into the lives of typical Parisians, beauty tips, tips about the do’s and don’ts in fashion, and French recipes. And above all, it is hilarious! One of my favourite quotes from the book: “Take the time to talk to the elderly lady next door, to read a book, to walk to work instead of riding the subway when it’s a beautiful day. Take the time to escape for a weekend with friends. Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to …

11 THINGS ABOUT LIVING ALONE

I moved out when I was 17. Until then I have always lived with my parents. As scary as it was, I was excited to think that it was a new beginning, a new challenge, all part of growing up. I was not only moving to a new city, I changed continents. It was an adventure. Even though I very much enjoy the company of other people and I’ve always been outgoing, spending time alone recharges me and makes a huge difference. I will share with you some of the things that happen when you live alone. You are the queen of the castle.This means you get to set the rules! Nobody complains how you do things, so you live as you like. Pure luxury! The remote control is all yours, all day, everyday.For me this means I get to watch all the TV shows I want and as many comedies as I like. Getting dressed becomes optional.Hello freedom! I love you. The longer you live alone, the more random things you have done without your pants …

COFFEE TALK

While my personal philosophy is that you should aim to make everyday wonderful, with my increasingly busy schedule revolving around work and personal development,  it’s not too difficult to get caught up in the routine. It is harder than ever before to find time for the things I enjoy, be it a nice walk, girl talk, reading a new book, morning run, or drinking coffee. Imagine that you had one day without stressing over work, thinking about school, or other responsibilities. What would your perfect day look like? Would you stay in bed for as long as you can? Maybe you would read a book? Or would you prefer to sit in the sun, sip your favourite drink and watch the people walk by? Tell me all about it.

BY THE SEA

One of the best perks of living in The Hague is definitely the beach. Although the weather rarely allows sunbathing, you will make no mistake to go for a short walk, coffee, or dinner. I prefer Scheveningen beach. It is usually more lively (and extremely crowded on a hot summer day!) than the other beaches around here. I especially love going there after work. For a few hours I feel like a tourist, drinking cocktails and watching the sunset. The summer, of course, is the best time to go, but I very much enjoy going to Scheveningen on weekends, drifting away and shutting off for a moment.