Monday, April 30, 2018

Photo Journal - The Netherlands Part I

We just came back from the Netherlands where we spent a week for Spring Break. We came back reinvigorated, inspired and hungry for more travel. We got it bad, friends... Travel does that to me, does it do it to you too? The more I travel, the hungrier I get for more. Our stay in the Netherlands was, just simply put, awesome. It's hard to pin point the reason but we loved it all: the people, the food, the scenery...

We were in the Netherlands during tulip season, I planned perfectly, right? Not really, it was all a happy coincidence. I debated whether we should go to the famous Keukenhof gardens, a very popular and beautiful garden with lots of tulips everywhere. However, after a lot of thought, we decided against going there. For one, it's very expensive (remember, frugal travelers here) also, it is really busy and crowded... We decided to skip it and go to to a town near by, Leiden... I am happy with our decision
Look, it's me! On our way to Leiden we saw lots of flower fields (who needs to go to an expensive garden when you can take lots of pictures for free). Of course, we stopped for the mandatory picture.

Ok onto Leiden. This is a cute little college town. We walked the little streets and had a typical Dutch lunch here (Pannenkoek, I'm talking about you!)

Delft - The home of Vermeer and my favorite little town

Next up Rotterdam... This town was destroyed during the war. They decided to reconstruct not the classic Dutch way, it is so different from any of the other town we visited. It was lovely and funky with very modern buildings and a passion for living... You could tell everywhere we went. We strolled the pedestrian boulevards and ate our way through it... We stopped every chance we could to taste some Dutch favorites (poffertjes, frites, stroopwafels, herring... you name it, we tried them all)

Markthal. This building was incredible. All kinds of little restaurants and stalls to sample delicious food. The ceiling is so pretty

More architectural funkiness at Stayokay Hostel, I want to stay here next time!

Since we were so close to Belgium, we decided to revisit one of our favorite cities there. The last time we went to Brugge was back in 2002, wow, time flies... But this little town stays just the same, it was as wonderful now as it was then...

We indulged in some Belgium favorites. The chocolate shops were everywhere, they were hard to pass by

We rented bikes and got lost in the little streets

Brugge is really a great little town. I hope to go back to Belgium again sometime soon

Next up, Utrech. This is also a college town and you could totally tell by walking the little streets... I think V is in love. At her request, we visited the college campus. It is so fun to see her day dreaming about a future time studying abroad.

Continuing on to Kinderdijk (the largest collection of 18th century, and still working, windmills). Let it be known that on our way there, it was raining so hard that I thought, it was going to be a waste of time. Lo and behold, the minute you made it there, it stopped raining (not kidding). The visit was meant to be, right? I think so...

I have so much more to share with you... I have another post that includes more from the Dutch countryside and gorgeous Amsterdam! I hope you check that out.

Last year Spring break we went to the Balkans (Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro). See pictures here and here
More pictures of our family travels here
And for more candid shots, check out my instagram account at planandplay

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