Majestic Metz

One of the finest views on Metz Cathedral is from this pedestrian bridge 

Most Dutch people will know Metz from the signs on the so-called “Route du Soleil”, a motorway taken by many to enjoy the summer holidays in the south of France. I have spent many holidays in France and never before visited this gem of a city. Until now that is! This summer we have travelled in a few days from Switzerland to Holland, taking time to explore cities and sights we normally just pass. Metz was one of our stops and absolutely worth it, as my little photo diary will show you.

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Day trip to Füssen and Neuschwanstein: pure romance!

Like I have written before, living in Switzerland means living pretty central in Europe and thus pretty close to many interesting places to visit in several countries. A few weeks back we spent a day in Füssen and surroundings: visiting a cosy castle, laying lazy at lake Alat and enjoying a walk and dinner in Füssen itself, one of many romantic villages in Bavaria, Germany.

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Petit weekend away in the awesome Alsace

Living so central in Europe means it is very easy to find destinations for a short weekend break. The Alsace, known for its white wine, fine food and picturesque villages is more or less around the corner from where I live. We can easily go for a mini break there…and that’s exactly what we have done. At least, I consider 24 hours in the Alsace as a real mini break. We started in Riquewihr, I think the most charming village ever! If you’d like to get a good impression of this village in summer and winter plus a taste of its many restaurants, frequented by both tourists and locals, click here!

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Sightseeing in Zeeland

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Top: H&M, Jacket: Only, Shoes: Vans, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

I have recently spent a wonderful week in Zeeland. Although it was the beginning of May it felt like summer, just with less tourists!

We were looking for a relaxing holiday, which in our family means that we do several activities, but at a slow pace and without any planning or schedule beforehand. In those few days I have discovered quite some great sites and love to share some of them with you.

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Beauty and the beach

Dress: quinze heures trente, Jeans Jacket: Yes or No, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)  

This week a very summerly blogpost! I have spent a few days in Holland, this time not only enjoying family time, but real holidays too. The great thing about going on holidays to a place very familiar is that you can easily ignore the urge to see and do as much as possible. I like that type of short breaks too (as you can read here), but since I was totally in the mood for pure relaxing, a short holiday in Holland seemed like a good plan to me. And right I was.

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King’s Day outfit without orange

Skirt (new) and bag: H&M, Cardigan: Esprit, Top (new): Yes or No, Ankle Boots: Stravers Shoes, Sunnies: Cerjo

Today is King’s Day in Holland. It’s King Willem-Alexander’s birthday and a public holiday. Many people dress up in orange and in every village, town or city there are all kind of festivities: like parties, flea markets, fancy fairs, concerts…you name it. The King and his family always visit one big city to join the party there. This year they will be in Groningen, which is in the north, so Willem-Alexander will be “King in the North” today😉

Instead of posting a red-white-blue or orange outfit, I have chosen to show you a rather flamboyant and exotic skirt in a typical Dutch landscape. It feels like a Willem-Alexander & Maxima (his wife from Argentina) mix, so I consider it a perfect outfit for King’s Day!

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3 tips for awesome outfits when travelling

Trousers: Tally Weijl (this season), Cardigan: Esprit, Top: H&M, Ankle Boots: Stravers (previous seasons)

When you are reading this I will be travelling to Holland (or maybe already be there); enjoying time with family and friends for the long Easter Weekend. You will understand that I have packed quite some Swiss chocolate for this specific trip. The chocolate is not standard for my journeys, but I do have some other standards I stick to when travelling. I always have the following 3 considerations in mind when choosing my outfits for a trip:

Are my clothes comfortable?

Are they wrinkle-friendly?

Can I create several outfits using a few pieces?

The third consideration is especially valid when I travel light (hand luggage only), but even if I travel by car or go away for a longer period, I tend to stick to all of these three self-imposed rules.

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Fake fur bear wear

Trousers: Jacqueline de Yong, Top & Vest: H&M, Boots: Graceland, Bag: Maddison (all previous seasons)

The Rock of Gibraltar has got its apes, the Tower of London has got its black ravens and the city of Bern has got its brown bears. For a day trip to Bern I choose to wear a fake fur vest and warm fake furry boots. I felt I was totally in style with the city of bears. Both my vest and my boots were bought at the children’s department, so the prices were accordingly small. That also matched my visit to Bern perfectly. Bern is the capital of Switzerland (I am leaning against the Federal Palace here) and at the same time a very small and charming place. Both my outfit and the city prove that small can be great too!

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3 excellent reasons why a mini break is good for you

Looking back at some amazing trips of 2017!

You will have noticed over the months that I am a huge fan of travelling. Being a teacher I have got plenty of holidays to do this. Going away means a change of place and Seneca already said: “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” Today I share some photos of my 2017 travels with you and I provide you with 3 excellent reasons to go away yourself!

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Rubjerg Knude lighthouse and the importance of a solid basis for language learning

Dress & Jacket: H&M, flipflops: Teva, Sunglasses: Cerjo (all previous seasons)

Last summer we spent our holidays in Denmark. On the above photo you can see one of the most famous sights of Jutland, Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. It’s a well known tourist attraction and absolutely worth visiting. The lighthouse was specifically built on the highest part of the coastline to warn ships at sea. Normally you always make sure that your fundaments are such that they can support your building for a very long time. In the case of this lighthouse, location was more important than a fundament on solid rock. Understandable, but the shifting sands and the erosion caused by wind and sea pretty soon had a decaying building as a result. What you see on the photo is the remaining part of the lighthouse. The rest is buried. If you like what you see, go and visit this place in the near future, since they expect the lighthouse to fall into the sea in 10-15 years time.

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