Spring in The Netherlands

Spring in The Netherlands

The Netherlands became part of my life when I fell in love with a Dutchman. One of the loveliest perks of having a European boyfriend is that you gain a second home and family on the other side of the world. In my case, a little Dutch village called Nieuwkoop, 40km outside of Amsterdam. On our first trip there together, we settled into a lovely room in his mother’s house looking out to a canal, fresh tulips on the nightstand and a gentle spring morning breeze filtering through the open window. 

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Shakespeare and Co Bookshop, Paris

Shakespeare and Co Bookshop, Paris

Shakespeare and Co is an independent English language bookshop that has hosted a myriad of creatives over the past seventy years as the inadvertent home of the Anglo-American literary community in Paris. A treasure trove of coloured spines, velvet chairs, and wall to wall shelves with books squeezed into every possible nook and cranny.

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Rijksmuseum Library, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Library, Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is home to over 8,000 pieces of priceless art, including the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Steen… but did you know about the secret library? Well, it’s not really a secret, but there is a magnificent art history library inside that the museum is easy to miss, unless you know where to look!

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Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France

Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France

Giverny in Normandy, France is home to a place that has been on my travel wish list for decades, the lovely garden and estate of Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, who lived for over 40 years in this small village along the banks of the River Seine. It was in Giverny that Monet found inspiration and produced some of his most impressive paintings, including the waterlilies series modelled on his garden.

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The Palace of Versailles, France

The Palace of Versailles, France

On my last day in France, I figured there was no better way to end my Parisian spree than wandering all 800 hectares of the most beautiful palace in France, Château de Versailles. My morning began on a stressful note. I set 0ff to the St Michel railway station bright and early to catch the RER C line to Versailles, but upon arrival at the station I was met with locked doors.

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Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

Located in Lisse, the tulip capital of the Netherlands, is Keukenhof – the most beautiful spring garden in the world. 79 acres of gardens filled with 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Keukenhof (translation kitchen garden) is the loveliest place to get lost amongst the flowers.

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