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A DAY AT THE BEACH

Living in a city that has a beach makes such a big difference, even though The Hague is far from being the first place that comes to your mind when you think of it. This year has been pretty cold and I am really looking forward to those warm sunny days. Despite the cold and gloomy weather, I often go to the beach on weekends. The sea and the relaxing atmosphere calms me down, and whenever I am there it feels as if I am on vacation. Today I discovered that the beach bars are welcoming their first visitors, so I officially opened the season! 🙂 There was even some live music at the pier.     Advertisements

SPRING IN DEN HAAG

We’ve been getting so much sunshine the past week here in the Netherlands. Even though it is still not as warm as I like it, I’ve slowly started to pull out my summer clothes and I’ve left all sweaters behind. Making sure not to miss the sunny weather, I headed to Scheveningen on Sunday. I planned a lovely lunch at The Harbour Club and took a walk around the area. I highly recommend this restaurant – incredible food and amazing view of the boats in front!

TOKYO IN FEBRUARY

It’s been a whole year since my trip to the land of the rising sun. Where did the time go? So to celebrate my one year anniversary, I am writing a post to share my Japanese moments and buying some sushi later today 🙂 Even the jetlag could not stop me from exploring vibrant Tokyo on my first day there. It is a huge city and there are tons of fun things that you can do, all depends on what you like most. So where do I start? Ginza: The area offers luxury shopping, fine dining, and great bars. The stores of leading fashion houses are located in the district. I liked it most at night with all its lights. Shibuya: You have probably seen the Shibuya crossing in the movie Fast and Furious, well, do not miss it when in Tokyo – action in all directions! The area is covered with lights, advertisements, and…PEOPLE! The first time there I crossed this intersection multiple times just for the fun of it 🙂 The area is also very lively, filled with …

ALL OF THE LIGHTS

Have you ever seen London from the sky? A good friend of mine recently sent me a couple of pictures from this beautiful city that I just couldn’t resist not to share with you! They were all taken from a helicopter. Although it may all be part of a strategy to make me move to London, I am, indeed, all the more convinced it is an incredible city! Enjoy the fantastic photos! Source: https://twitter.com/NPASLondon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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?

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?

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 …

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.

AMSTERDAM

It has taken me a while to finally select some pictures of Amsterdam and share them with you. You can say I’m lucky to live so close to this amazing city. It is such a diverse place – a fine mixture of old and new, calm and bustling, grey and sunny. Okay, I lied a bit about that last part. Mostly grey but I guess you can’t have it all. I am already used to all the bicycles, bridges, and canals; what strikes me are the houses! You can see all kinds of creative architecture. The houses around the canals of the city can be crooked and leaning to one side. Imagine living in one of them! Well, take a walk/ride down the streets with me…

GODS AND HEROES

You have all heard the story about the legendary Odysseus, king of Ithaca. He is probably the best known hero in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Legend goes that it took Odysseus twenty years to return to Ithaca – ten fighting the Trojan War and another ten for the journey back home. During all these years, his wife Penelope stayed faithful until they finally reunited. Odysseus reasserted his place as the rightful king of Ithaca after all the years of travails trying to return home. This is how Odysseus described Ithaca: I am Odysseus, son of Laertes, known to the world for every kind of craft – my fame has reached the skies. Sunny Ithaca is my home. Atop her stands our seamark, Mount Neriton’s leafy ridges shimmering in the wind. Around her a ring of islands circle side-by-side, Doulichion, Same, wooded Zacynthos too, but mine lies low and away, the farthest out to sea, rearing into the western dusk while the others face the east and breaking day. (Odyssey book IX, trans. Robert Fagles) This epic …