Sunday, October 9, 2016

Instagram Lately...

I admit I've been a seriously lazy blogger lately. There have been quite a few major changes for me in the past year. First of all, husband has moved back to the Hague so I no longer reside in both Paris and the Hague. But I happily left my Parisian weekends behind in order to have my partner in my life full time!

Soon after that we decided to purchase a new home and even sooner after that we found out we were expecting our first child! Our little son Max was born in January and he has been keeping me quite busy.

But we are still travelling whenever we get the chance.

So far we have taken little Max to Ibiza...

because I just had to show him my favorite place in the world,

Algarve Portugal,

...for a little summer break and some yachting, as well as to the US to meet his grandparents for the first time.

You can keep up with all my travels and adventures on Instagram!

As well as some exploring the city I love and live in, the Hague.
Hope to connect with you soon!
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Friday, April 3, 2015

How to do Easter in the Hague

This weekend is actually my first Easter in the Hague. But I've lived here for seven years you say? Yes, it's true, but I have never actually stayed home on Easter. Since it is a long weekend, we've always taken the opportunity to go someplace, like Italy, or Portugal. It's usually somewhere with a high likelihood of sun, after the looooong dark winter. But this year, we've been quite busy and didn't plan anything. so Easter in the Hague it will be.

So for all of you that will be joining me and staying put this weekend, here are some things that are going on in and around the Hague this Easter Weekend, or Paasweekend, in Dutch.

 Easter Egg hunt, Brunch and High Tea at Hotel Des Indes

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The Hague's famous luxury hotel will host a children's Easter Egg hunt around the hotel in the Lange Voorhout on Easter Sunday. The finder of the special Fabergé inspired egg will win an overnight stay at Hotel Des Indes and entrance tickets for Madurodam. The price is 10 euros per child and the proceeds go to Unicef. After the hunt you can indulge in an Easter Brunch or a special High Tea at the hotel restaurant. Call 70 36 12 315 to reserve.

Easter Brunch at Wicked Wines

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For a more casual brunch option head to Wicked Wines on Sunday Or Monday. An easter Brunch will be served from 12:00 to 15:00 and is 12,50 euros for adults and 7,50 euros for children (excluding drinks).

Homemade Market

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The Homemade Market hits the Hague on Easter Sunday and Monday at Lange Voorhout.  There will be vendors with arts, crafts, and other homemade items and goodies.  And as a special treat, you can take a ride on a historic tram!  On Easter Monday, two historic trams will service the Hague from 12:00 to 17:00 for a 25 minute tour of the city. Rides will cost 2 euros per person.

Hey, that's cheaper than the normal tram!

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Romantic Easter Diner at Bistrot de la Place

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One of my favorite restaurants in the Hague, Bistrot de la Place, will offer a romantic dinner with piano music on Friday, Saturday, and Monday (2e Paasdaag) evening. For reservations call 070 364 3327.

Dutch Heritage Weekend at the Keukenhof

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If you're looking to get out of town, you can head to the Keukenhof for a special heritage weekend.  Traditional cheese markets, folk dance performances, and living statues are just some of the highlights. The event takes place from Friday to Monday.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Paris Winter Sales 2015

It's one of the best times of the year.

For me anyway.

It's that time when everything is Paris goes on Sale! Twice a year, at the end of the season, almost every store in Paris discounts their clothing, shoes, accessories and more up to 75%. The sales (Soldes in French) are everywhere in France, department stores, small boutiques, online and even in very high end designer shops.

Some of my favorite boutiques to visit during the sales are Chloe, Christian Louboutin (particularly the one on Rue St Honoré, although the Jean-Jacques Rousseau is less crowded), Lanvin, DVF, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Galleries Lafayette, Fendi, Maje, and boutiques in the haute Marais district. I have had little luck at Valentino, Colette, and of course Chanel and Louis Vuitton who chose not to participate.

This year the sale begins this Wednesday January 7th and ends on February 10th. During summer soldes, I wrote a little guide to help you make the most of the sales, so check that out and get prepared.

One special event during this time is the Hermès sale. This will take place 14-17 January 2015 at Palais des Congrès, porte Maillot in Paris, and is open to everyone, no invitation or ticket needed. So see you there!

Happy Shopping!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Tanzania Safari: Serengeti and the Great Migration

The next 3 days of of our African Adventure were spent in the Serengeti.

Our goal here was to spot some of the rarely seen leopards,

and to see the Great Migration.

I'd say we got pretty lucky.

This time we stayed under canvas. In a real tent.

Hey I didn't say it wasn't a nice tent. 

We stayed at Kati Kati camp in Central Serengeti. This was my favorite accommodation of the trip. Not only because it was just cool to sleep in a tent in the middle of the Serengeti, but because the service and food were absolutely brilliant. I would recommend this camp to anyone going on a Serengeti safari for sure.

And we were in luck, because it was right smack in the middle of the wildebeest migration.

Can you see those guys off in the distance? Yes, those were wildebeests in our camp.  

Bet you can see this guy..

That's a huge buffalo behind our tent. I didn't even notice the cool back and white toucan-looking bird in the tree above him until I developed this picture. Can you see him? Apparently he's really a Von der Decken's Hornbill, thanks wikipedia.

There's no fence around the camp so the animals just ran where they please.  

We could hear lots of animals at night.. even lions!! And when we would walk from the dinner tent to our tent at night (with our escort of course), if you shined a flashlight out into the woods you would see lots of yellow eyes.

A little scary, but a pretty cool experience.

Now lets get back to the animals. As I said, the migration was in full swing while we were there.

It was amazing to see the plains just filled as far as the eye could see with these beautiful animals.

But of course, that wasn't all. We saw so many different types of animals on this safari I couldn't possibly count them.  Of course there were the lions...

and elephants,

and giraffs...

He's cute isn't he?

But there were also some unexpected beauties.

Flat-headed Rock Agama
Red and Yellow Barbet

Lilac-breasted roller
On the first day we found a cheetah.

It was the only one we saw so I guess we didn't know how lucky we were.  

I hope he's not crying.

Did I mention we got pretty close?

Our most spectacular find was of course the leopard. We saw a couple of them actually, but they were usually snug in the shadows of a far away tree.

But this guy. came right out into the open.

and he was stunning.

He waltzed across the road the road right in front of our jeep like we weren't even there and climbed a tree for his afternoon nap.

It was breathtaking.

I left Africa with a renewed appreciation for our beautiful planet. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I'm so thankful to have been lucky enough to experience it.

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