our big trip - Day 17: The Hague

Sunday, 28 April 2013


Having lived in both Paris and London in the early '90s - it was certainly amazing to return after all these years, and both cities remain in my top five favourite places. I have to say, however, there is nothing - NOTHING - like visiting new places. My gorgeous husband is a creature of habit, but me - I thrive on the new, and it was so utterly exciting to visit The Netherlands on this trip - somewhere I had never been before.

Nick and his beautiful family were so generous during our stay, making us feel so utterly welcome {they live just doors away from where we stayed}, treating us to amazing, home-cooked dinners, a generously-stocked fridge complete with home-made muesli, copious amounts of wine! and lots of laughter and warmth and fun.


On this particularly day, Nick and his sons took us to Kinderdijk, just outside Rotterdam, a Heritage-listed site with the most authentic, breathtaking windmills. It was F R E E Z I N G cold that morning - like, painfully cold - yet the low sun and crisp air and limpid canals made for some pretty stunning photos. These are some of my favourite snaps from our entire trip.



























In an attempt to warm up, we dashed into a nearby cafe straight after our walk, and enjoyed classic Dutch hot chocolate - and of course, poffertjes.




In the afternoon, after stopping off and noticing these climbing roses in full bloom despite serious sub-zero temps, we walked into The Hague's city centre.


This is the Hotel Indes where famed ballerina Anna Pavlova died. It's a truly stunning building, just two minutes' walk from Hofvijver - a small lake right near the city centre.





As you'd expect, the shops are spectacular in The Hague, and we did a spot of shopping in The Passage, particularly loving homewares shop DOK and the sensational bookstore where I made some serious picture book finds. I'll be writing them up on Kids' Book Review, eventually.

We didn't shop much on our Europe trip, but the shops in The Hague were hard to resist. You can see more about shopping in the capital here.







More stunning vistas from The Hague - coming on Day 20.

our big trip - days 1 + 2: Melbourne
our big trip - day 3: Flying to Europe
our big trip - day 4: London
our big trip - day 5: London
our big trip - day 6: London
our big trip - day 7: London
our big trip - day 8: London
our big trip - day 9: Leyland
our big trip - day 10: London
our big trip - day 11: Paris
our big trip - day 12: Paris
our big trip - day 13: Paris
our big trip - day 14: Bruges
our big trip - day 15: Bruges 
our big trip - day 16: Bruges and The Hague
our big trip - day 18: Amsterdam
our big trip - day 19: Amsterdam
our big trip - day 20: The Hague
our big trip - days 21 + 22: Brussels
Two days lost with travel and travelling east
our big trip - days 25 + 26: Bangkok
our big trip - day 27: Kanchanaburi
our big trip - days 28 - 32: Cha Am Resort
our big trip - day 33: Hua Hin
our big trip - days 34 + 35: Coming Home
 

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