Snowy Reflections

Happy New Year to everyone! Hope it will be a year filled with success, happiness and love!

One of my goals this year is to get back into blogging and photographing more regularly, and organising my time better to incorporate this into my life. After being busy with starting a new job and coping with the new routines in my life, it’s time to start fresh and make time for writing and taking photographs, something I love doing.

To recap one of my favourite moments from last month, there was a wonderful December day where it snowed copiously over here in the Netherlands. It was simply magical and really set the country into a winter mood, even though it totally messed with the public transport system. Unfortunately, it didn’t snow on Christmas Day again, but experiencing actual heavy snowfall for the first time (without it disappearing overnight!) was amazing.

I took the time to take a few photos to add to my memories of The Hague, which looked absolutely beautiful covered in snow Рeven though it was freezing cold! They turned out to be some of my favorite photos from this year, and captured a very special memory for me.

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Have a wonderful week!

 

Magical Maastricht

Maastricht’s Christmas market is definitely one of the best in The Netherlands. Starting in early December and open until New Years Day, this market is an extremely popular attraction during the cold winter months. With a massive skating rink, a ferris wheel, children’s rides, and lots of little stores selling Christmas trinkets, it gives a wonderful start to the magical festive month.

I’d never visited a Christmas market (or Maastricht) before, so visiting this market was a great start for someone living in The Netherlands already, especially since it is only a 3 hour train journey from The Hague. Maastricht is a beautiful little city, full of young students and tons of stores and restaurants. The architecture is typically Dutch, with tall and narrow buildings, and there were hundreds of Christmas lights everywhere. Walking around the city at night was absolutely beautiful, especially overlooking De Maas (‘The Meuse’ river).

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A view over Maastricht

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Boats on De Maas

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A beautiful building in the city centre

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The skating rink

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Twilight over the Christmas market

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A beautiful lit-up reindeer

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Lights in the Christmas market

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A carousel in the Christmas market

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A view of the beautiful Christmas market at night

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De Maas by night

This was a day trip I had been anticipating for a while, not just for the Christmas market, but also to see a very popular city in The Netherlands. It was a lovely experience, and I enjoyed every minute of walking around the stunning city of Maastricht and seeing a Christmas market for the first time!

Have a wonderful Christmas!