If you’ve been in The Netherlands, you’ve heard about Keukenhof – the most gorgeous flower garden here. I was lucky to visit it on a sunny and warm day. Keukenhof is closed as of today but take a look at the pictures and plan a trip there next spring! You will love it! I was wishing I could live there. xx Adriana Advertisements
Life lately… The days are getting longer and sunnier and my happiness levels are rising : ) It’s springtime, by far my favourite time of the year in Holland. It’s time for leather jackets, beach and rose wine. What I’ll never get tired of are those lazy weekends at the beach in Den Haag. I’m blessed to be living so close to the beach. And I obviously get there by bike. You can hardly survive living here without cycling : ) I also finally bough the Rayban sunglasses I’ve been wanting and wore them all day at the beach. Getting ready for the Cuban sun in a week : )))
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!
I love going through my photos and instantly returning to those places, the moments, the vibes, the thrill of it all. Pictures bring me back to the good feelings that I felt, the people I was with, and the things that I saw. These images truly depict the spirit of my weekend, dancing all my worries away, being lost in a state of trance. Do you go to any festivals?
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?
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.
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…
The Netherlands is not only about canals, bicycles and pretty flowers. Medieval castles are probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of it. Well, there are some worth a shot. I recently visited Muiderslot castle located very close to Amsterdam. It is ideal for a day trip if you are around and wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The castle is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is used as a museum today. There are tours in English and in Dutch. Muiderslot’s history begins in the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most beautiful and well preserved castles in The Netherlands.
When in The Netherlands, don’t forget to try the famous stroopwafel. These tasty treats are made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel filling in between. You will usually find them on the streets or any bigger Dutch market. The sweet smell will guide you to these delicious treats moments before you actually see them. During my first couple of months in The Netherlands I was eating stroopwafels like crazy (and somehow managed to stay in shape and not gain weight:)). Tips: Place the stroopwafel on top of your coffee mug when it is warm, so that it softens from the steam and becomes nicely melty. I always prefer to buy a warm stroopwafel from the street rather than the ones sold in supermarkets or tourist shops, as those can sometimes be too hard on your teeth.
The harbour of Rotterdam has become one of the most important harbours in the world and it is the biggest one in Europe. Rotterdam is the second largest Dutch city with a mix of modern culture, innovative developments, and historical heritage. It was almost completely destroyed after being bombed by German air attacks during the Second World War and rebuilt to become the modern city it is today. The Dutch deserve a big applause!