Tag Archives: Day trip from Amsterdam

Coffee, Cake and Furry Friends #catcafe #jippies #haarlem

Haarlem is so close to Amsterdam that Frank and I often go there for a day trip. It’s much more civilised than Amsterdam. The Red Light District there is quite small which means it doesn’t attract the amount of low … Continue reading

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Day trip to Lemmer, Friesland

Not fancying a bumper-to-bumper drive towards Zandvoort, husband and I spent a couple of hours in the very pretty Friesian town of Lemmer a few weekends ago. It was a baking hot Sunday afternoon and after recovering from our non-air-conditioned … Continue reading

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Inside the Lantern #villaaugustus

Dordrecht is around an hour’s drive from Amsterdam and there is plenty to see for culture vultures in terms of museums, theatres, restaurants, cafés and independent shops. Its jewel in the crown is Hotel and Restaurant Villa Augustus, a former … Continue reading

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Day trip to Kinderdijk and Dordrecht

Planning a holiday requires decision making; where, how, why, what, who with and no small matter, how much? So it’s really lovely to discover a place in your own country, that is nearby, and can give you an enjoyable day … Continue reading

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Shanks’s Pony Enjoys a Day at the Beach

My New Year’s resolution is more frequent use of Shanks’s Pony (Brit. idiom for walking) and I can’t think of a more picturesque and bracing place to do it than the North Holland coastline.  New Year’s Day in Holland was dismal … Continue reading

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Dufy, Laren and Tarts from the Shire

An exhibition of Dufy’s painting and textiles is currently showing at the Singer museum in Laren until 11 Jan 2015. Raoul Dufy (1877 – 1953) was a French Fauvist painter. He developed a colourful, decorative style that became fashionable for … Continue reading

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Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea!

One of the advantages of living in Amsterdam is that you’re never more than half an hour’s drive or ride from the sea. Zandvoort-aan-Zee is the favoured beach for Amsterdammers, easily reached by train or car. But my favourite seaside … Continue reading

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