As I used to live in Amsterdam for 1.5 years a while ago, this autumn escape was less of a city trip and more of a cosy getaway. The Dutch capital has always been a bit too busy and hectic of a place to me, which is why I opted for finding accommodation in Haarlem, some 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam.
Haarlem has the canal and crooked houses charm of Amsterdam minus all the tourists. Everything feels a little more tranquil here, which is perfect for a trip on which you not only want to explore but also relax. And the lovely attic studio I found through AirBnB was the most perfect basis to enjoy a calm weekend.
The dark wooden beams combined, immaculate design throughout the whole maisonette flat and the big bathtub had me almost spend all weekend inside but then again beautiful architecture, lots of coffee and even the one or other sunray were awaiting me.
And to be fair, it was also raining now and then. But what’s a shower every 5 minutes if you can have 2 minutes of sun in between?
Some minutes later I found myself in Amsterdam, which used to be a home to me. It’s always an odd feeling for me to return to a place that was once mine, trying to squeeze all those favourite places and people from back then into one day of coming back. And because I was not entirely successful with doing all that during one visit and because I actually never uploaded the photos from last year when I travelled back around exactly that same time of year, you can find them now here alongside the ones from this trip:
And after an idyllically golden sundown, it was time to head back to Haarlem for a bubble bath and a good book while munching on stroopwafels.