Friday, April 3, 2015

Pasen in Den Haag (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 always a long weekend, where I have both Friady and Monday off from work, I'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: Les Soldes Winter 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 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 soldes 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 and the haute Marais district.  I have little luck at Valentino, Colette, and of course Chanel and Louis Vuitton who chose not to participate.

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. See you there...

Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Pinsperation

I've been finding a lot of great holiday inspiration on Pinterest lately.  So I started a few boards of my own to capture the spirit of the season.

First up is gift inspiration.

Lots of bloggers out there have been posting gift guides and ideas and their have been helpful and a lot of fun to see what's out there on Pinterest.

Holiday Gift Guide
Of course it might be a little late for that now. But it's definitely not too late to bake some cookies!

The Christmas Cookie Exchange
For all other inspiration like DIY, recipes, festive drinks, decor and just cozy photos. I've created a Home for the Holidays board.

Home for the Holidays
But there are tons of great Holiday boards out there, so here are a few of my favorites.

"Holidays" by the adorable Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere

Lots of cozy scenes and decor in "Holidays" by

Some mouth watering "Holiday Recipes" by

Great gift wrap ideas in "Top Christmas Present Wrapping Ideas" by The Christmas Boutique

Lots of gorgeous and yummy looking ideas for the Christmas Cookie Exchange by Lori

Awe inspiring photos of "Christmas in York" by Kate Dunphy of Taffeta and Tulips

And I can't resist.. "Christmas in Paris" by Trudy McDonald

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Leopard Spotting in the Serengeti

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,

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My African Adventure

This autumn brought the trip of a lifetime.

We asked ourselves, as a newlywed couple...
if there was one place we would go, before starting a family, where would it be?

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Ultimate Stocking Stuffer and White Elephant Gift Guide

OK, so I know I have been seriously delinquent in posting lately.  I guess I don't really have an excuse,  I just figured out that it's not that easy being a blogger AND having a full time job.

But I'm sure you've heard that one before.  I do love blogging though, so I'm trying to renew myself and get back into the groove.. without even making it my new years resolution.

Enough about my procrastination.. here's the last edition to the gift guide for the other procrastinators out there.

This one is for those last minute stocking stuffers, white elephant gift exchanges, gag gifts, and what have you.  Hurry up and order!  And if you are looking for a gift for me I really want that cutting board.


Unusual Gift Guide 2014

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide ~ For the Gals

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

If you're anything like me (major procrastinator) you still have lots of Christmas shopping to do... maybe even all of it.. hmmm.

Well you are in luck because there is still some time to do online shopping and get your gifts before Christmas.

Don't wait too long though.. remember last year when UPS and Fedex didn't get all the mail delivered before Christmas?  Lets not go there again.

Here are my picks for great gifts this holiday season.

~Gifts for the Kids~

Don't forget about that special gentleman in your life...

~Gifts for the Guys~

9. Off Scot Free Card $10 (to be used wisely)

And how about those people you never know what to get?

~For the Ones that have it All~

7. Full Size Leg Lamp $220  ~ Very Fragile! 
8. Cards Against Humanity $25 ~ For those with an open mind, but tons of fun I promise

Gifts Ideas for the Gals coming soon...
I promise!

Happy Shopping!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014


Stef and I had a very lazy Sunday, and the best way to start of a lazy day??


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Goings On Paris - July

Bastille Day

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This National holiday, marking the day the French Revolution began in 1789, is celebrated every year on the 14th of July. The main event is the military parade and ceremonies on the Champs-Élysées led by the French President. Other popular events are the 14 July Fireworks which take place over the Eiffel Tour, and the Firemen's Balls in fire stations throughout the city.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Sales - Affordable fashion

I've been having alot of fun this week shopping Les Soldes in Paris, trying to find those hard to pass up bargains on designer fashion, but my favorite part is shopping those more affordable stores for super cheap buys.

Sale season is a great time of year to splurge on those special pieces, but it's also a fantastic time to top off your wardrobe with those much needed items.

Here's my edit for great affordable sale picks, featuring some of my favorite brands, like Massimo Dutti, and Uniqlo.

Fashion Under €50

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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Day of Music

Last weekend, as I wrote about earlier, was la Fête de la Musique in Paris. It’s actually a world-wide festival, but the French are pretty hard-core about it. There are thousands of free music events across France and hundreds in Paris alone.

I had never been, but it was recommended by a good friend of mine, so we decided to give it a go.

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