This week I spent some time visiting a friend in The Hague. I had been once before last year and really loved it so I was eager to get back. We had one of the first beautiful days of the season to walk around and explore together. I really love this city that is full of history. I am interested in the city’s position as a home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice as well as the International Criminal Court, so we visited the Peace Palace and what is essentially Embassy Row (Lange Voorhout) in front of which was a beautiful sea of crocus flowers in bloom welcoming the Spring season. There are so many beautiful buildings and façades in this city and we only scratched the surface. Looking forward to my next visit, hopefully this Spring.
The last few weeks, I’ve been spending time in a new (for me) city, Rotterdam. Before this month, I had only ever been to Rotterdam quite briefly, so there has been much for me to discover. The first night, we even crossed the Erasmus Bridge, which had to have been on the windiest day of all time! We could feel the massive structure swaying.
My daily walks often took me around the Hotel New York on the Oude Maas, which ended up being a great place for a meal or a drink. It’s also one of the prettiest buildings in Rotterdam. I was happy to spot some cherry blossom trees beginning to bloom there, one morning. I love how the pink looks against the mint-colored domes.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good façade. My recent travels to the south of the Netherlands took me to a city I didn’t expect to be super special in terms of architecture, but I found even the row houses in Bergen op Zoom are charming. Thanks for the watercolors, Waterlogue.
If you’re ever looking for a place to spend a cozy afternoon with a cup of tea and a warm appelgebak, look no further than this charming café on the Singel canal in Amsterdam. We lived just down the street from Villa Zeezicht, and it quickly became one of my favorite places to sit and work and people watch.
As you can see from the photo, the front window also has a great view of the Singel canal and the Christmas lights on nearby streets.