All posts tagged: netherlands

A Roadtrip to the West Coast (of Holland)

As you might know already, every now and then I need a little weekend getaway. Sometimes I think I can’t stand still and in these times hitting the road makes me the happiest. This weekend the road led me to Rockanje on the coast of Holland, only one and a half hours away from Amsterdam. Since I work for a travel agency, getting inspired by lovely places and accommodation comes with my job. Some weeks ago I couldn’t take my eyes of charming Badhotel Rockanje, an American/Canadian-style cottage hotel in the midst of Holland. The perfect place to get a little cozy before Christmas! And even though the weather did not mean too well this weekend, some fresh breeze from the sea and sand under your shoes can’t be wrong.

The Coastal Gems of Zeeland

Despite all the comfort our lovely accommodation in the countryside of Zeeland had to offer, the beautiful nature around and particularly the coast was tempting us to step a foot outside. The coastal line of Breskens and around is full of pavillons, maritime bistros serving breakfast, lunch, hot chocolate and – most importantly – poffertjes! Poffertjes are the Dutch mini version of pancakes I could bury myself into. The yummiest ones were served at cozy Loods Tien. Ever since I moved to Amsterdam at the beginning of this year I was longing for a place at the sea I would get away to on weekends. I used to have those spots back in Germany and was so happy to have stumbled upon Zeeland now in the Netherlands. Endless lines of dunes, the fresh salty sea air and extensive walks made this short getaway a very special one.

An Idyllic Getaway in Zeeland

Every now and then Amsterdam gets a little too busy for me. A moment when I feel like packing my most beloved knitted pullovers and woolen socks and head off to the countryside. Luckily I found the most idyllic tiny home in beautiful Zeeland right at the Dutch coast. Local pumpkins, an old gas stove and a wonderfully comfortable stone floor made me feel at home instantly. Cooking and baking here came pretty close to what they call slow living. The other side of the ground floor reveals a cozy sofa corner, inviting me to long reads, countless cups of coffee and cuddling under the blanket. And there is still room for even more coziness! Let’s head to the attic with its beautiful, rustic bathroom. A wonderful place to take a relaxing bath after a relaxing day. And when there is a bed that looks sort of like a honeymoon location, it can’t get any better. It’s so calming to just sip on some hot tea, read a good book and be peaceful. Thank you …

Weekend strolls through lovely Utrecht

When I first set foot on Utrecht some weeks ago I knew I would have to come back. Many more times. This time I didn’t exactly track down further hidden gems of the city but showed my parents around the spots I had already discovered last time. Muffled in the best summer weather, we walked the canal streets of my secret favourite city in the Netherlands (please don’t tell Amsterdam) and enjoyed the beautiful view of all those charming buildings. And as I love surrounding myself with greens, I always feel like walking a giant garden when passing by Utrecht’s back yards and house facades. Want to check out some of my favourite cafés, boutiques and places of Utrecht? Then head over to my little guide to Utrecht! Have a lovely Sunday afternoon! I enjoy some cups of coffee while scrolling through future travel destinations and looking out to the rainy sea…

A little guide to little Haarlem

Moving to Amsterdam at the beginning of this year has had me explore some lovely parts of the Netherlands. And even though I’m thirsting for those big travels awaiting me at the end of July, I enjoy discovering my current adopted country so much as well. After going to Utrecht last week, it was – after so many recommendations and romanticization – time to go to see Haarlem, a late medieval city some 15 minutes away from busy Amsterdam. It’s funny that cities like Utrecht or Haarlem are only slightly smaller than Amsterdam. Still they exude this cozy small town charm. Little colourful town houses, lovely boutiques, idyllic landscapes and unruffled people. Speaking of boutiques: Ironically it has been in Utrecht and now Haarlem that I stumbled upon the cutest shops. I’m sure they’re out there in Amsterdam as well, but imagine hundreds of Amsterdamers plus two hundred tourists squashing in front of one slender mirror.  There you go. kloffie in Haarlem turned out to be a true gem storing pieces by Minimum, Nümph and others. I …

A little Guide to Utrecht

The bigger, the better. That’s my name of the game when it comes to cities at least. Amsterdam, however, is so full of tourists most of the time that I quite often feel the need to take a short getaway. This weekend that mini-break led me to Utrecht. And I can’t put it differently: I fell deeply in love. My starting point was, of course, a coffee spot. And it was a good one! Entering The Village Coffee & Music, I instantly felt thrown back to my summer in Brooklyn two years ago. Unplastered brick walls, big ventilators and incredibly tasty cookies: I can’t imagine a café more perfect than this. After one day now I’m seriously considering driving all the way from Amsterdam to Utrecht just to sit down in this place again. Right next to The Village Coffee & Music a cute little shop called PUHA sells beautiful and unique dresses, leather bags, accessories and adorable jewellry. Prices are a little higher here, but the quality is most probably worth it. Plus, this boutique leaves you …