• Overview of Hertog Jan Brewery in Arcen
    Arcen,  Beer,  Brewery

    Hertog Jan Brewery in Arcen: well worth visiting

    As a beer lover, a visit to Hertog Jan Brewery in Arcen had been on my bucket list for years. In the summer of 2018, I bought a package from SurpriseFactory for the three of us, containing a guided tour of the brewery and a Brewer’s Lunch. The Burgundian ambiance, for which the southern provinces of The Netherlands are famous, eventually made us stay for dinner too! Hertog Jan Brewery is almost as well-known as the Castle Gardens of Arcen.. and for good reason. For the love of beer The visual experience starts upon arrival; a pipeline transports Hertog Jan pilsner beer directly from the brewery to the pub across…

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    Camping,  Kids,  Mountains,  roadtrip,  summer,  Switzerland

    4 days in Switzerland: camping, mountains and cheese

    In the Summer of 2016 we had a roadtrip through Europe and Switzerland was included. We hadn’t been there before, but were curious to see the beauty of Switzerland. We had 4 days in total in Switzerland and loved it. Our days were marked by camping, the beautiful mountains, cheese, glaciers and sadly rain. 4 days in Switzerland: itinerary In this blog I describe the route we took on those 4 days in Switzerland. Lots to see and do on the route. 4 days isn’t enough to explore the whole of Switzerland. We roughly followed a route, from Italy to France, through Switzerland and took 4 days for that in…

  • To show an overview of Amsterdam. Best cities for shopping
    City,  Netherlands,  shopping

    Best cities for shopping in The Netherlands

    3 to 4 times a year I go shopping with a friend, we pick a city somewhere in The Netherlands and arrive there by train. We started this in 2013. My son was saying to me “When are you not here?”, not because he had enough of me, but because he thought that on a day with just his dad he could have screen time all day long (luckily that didn’t come true). My friend and I have one city we go to each year, Maastricht, and then a number of cities that rotate. Next to these I have added some cities where I used to go shopping with friends…

  • To show another view from the Krimmler wasserfalle with a rainbow. Week in Austria
    Austria,  Carinthia,  Kids,  Mountains,  roadtrip,  Salzburg,  summer,  Tirol,  walking

    A week in Austria

    In the Summer of 2016 we spent a week in Austria. We had such a fun time, before this week we had only been to Austria in the snow, which is magical on its own. Below I give an itinerary for one week in Austria. Where to start a week in Austria We started our week in Austria in Breitenwang. It’s close to the German border and to Füssen, Germany. Füssen is home to the famous Neuschwanstein castle and the Hohenschwangau castle. Both are beautiful. After visiting both these castles, cross the border into Austria and make the short drive to Breitenwang. Breitenwang Breitenwang is in the Austrian state of…

  • To show me at Yoghurt Barn
    City,  eating out,  Netherlands,  restaurants,  Utrecht

    Where to eat in Utrecht

    My hometown, Utrecht. A beautiful city I love and lived in for the last 21 years. We’ve been out for dinner so many times here, that a list of places to eat in Utrecht isn’t difficult to make. Just don’t expect it to be short! Options to eat in Utrecht Utrecht being a city with a university, science park and several colleges makes for a lively restaurant scene, with inexpensive options to eat. The restaurants on this list vary from cheap eats to more expensive. I’ve divided them up in sections of Utrecht. Lunetten The neighbourhood I’m calling home since 2004. It feels like living in a village, while still…

  • To show the Strawberry and Gooseberry cake
    City,  eating out,  Maastricht,  Netherlands,  restaurants

    Where to eat in Maastricht

    Maastricht is one of my favorite cities in The Netherlands. My friend and I go shopping here almost every year. We’ve planned our outing to Maastricht for this year already, lets hope we don’t have to postpone. Here’s all the places to eat in Maastricht. Options to eat in Maastricht There are so many restaurants to pick from in Maastricht. My friend and I have already tried out a lot of them, but there are many more. A few we’ve been to several times. Buvette ’t Piepenhoes is our standard stop every time. Down below I will list our favorite restaurants to eat in Maastricht divided into neighbourhoods. Wyck This…

  • To show us playing a board game
    City,  family time,  Kids

    What to do during lockdown

    Like a lot of families around the world right now, we’re in a lockdown. In The Netherlands there’s a soft lockdown. We still can go outside for groceries, a short walk, a motorbike ride, to help someone who can’t go outside or to work if you have an essential job. Group formation is forbidden, more than 2 people together is forbidden except when you form a household. Luckily we can still go outside in moderation. Sadly I have a cold and Yuri the flu, so we have to stay inside. Here’s what to do during the lockdown. What we’re doing during the lockdown Although things we can do and where…

  • Cathedral of Frankfurt am Main, the biggest church
    City,  Frankfurt,  Germany,  restaurants

    Discover Frankfurt am Main

    Every year in October, Messe Frankfurt, the third largest fair and exhibition center in the world, is dubbed Frankfurter Buchmesse for five days. Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important fair for the print and digital content business – and a famous social and cultural event. As a ‘plus-one’, I attended the Buchmesse twice, in 2013 and 2014. It’s a great opportunity to discover Frankfurt am Main and for a mini-holiday in Germany! Intercity-Express (ICE) International Travelling to Frankfurt by high-speed train is by far the most convenient way, since the Messe is located near the main train center (Hauptbahnhof). Subsequently, it’s a 10 minutes walk, or you can take…

  • Picture of Cosette drinking a strawberry daiquiri. To visualise About us
    City,  eating out,  Netherlands,  restaurants,  Scheveningen

    Where to eat in Scheveningen

    Scheveningen is one of the popular beach towns in The Netherlands. The beach is lined with beachclubs in the Spring and Summer, next to that the boulevard has lots of permanent restaurants. So plenty of choice to eat in Scheveningen. In this blog we highlight our favorites, from kiosk’s to sit down restaurants. Eat on the beach in Scheveningen I love the beach and sea. Being there is heaven. Furthermore I love sitting inside or on a terrace while looking out at the sea. Scheveningen has lots of places where you can sit down and eat or drink and have that perfect view. Not all the places mentioned are open…

  • To show the terrace of Salon de Roosekrans. Eat in Den Bosch
    City,  Den Bosch,  eating out,  Netherlands,  restaurants

    Where to eat in Den Bosch

    A city I found boring as a teenager, I rather went to Eindhoven. Now I don’t understand anymore why I found it boring. It’s such a fun city to shop and stroll around in! Here are a few good places to eat in Den Bosch. Options to eat in Den Bosch Den Bosch has so many options to have a good meal. Furthermore the famous pastry “Bossche bol” originated here. With so many options in one city, where best to go? Well, with a friend I have tried out all the places in the blog over the years. Yoghurt Barn It’s a chain in The Netherlands and I love them.…