Up in the Mountains

This past weekend, I had the fortune to visit one of my best friends and her family in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. This is my second visit to her hometown, and it took my breath away just as much as the first time. It is always fun to visit a friend’s childhood home and to see how their family and the local population live, compared to visiting the bustling tourist cities. The contrast is wonderful to see.

The region is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and every time I looked up, I would be blown away by the sheer beauty of them – especially after getting used to the flat landscape of the Netherlands!

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Bluebell Season

It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post, and that means many photos to catch up on! During the cold month of April, when the weather wasn’t as warm as it is now in the Netherlands, we visited the beautiful Ockenburgh gardens as we do every year to enjoy the bluebell season. The bluebells only bloom for a couple of weeks in April/May each year, so this is always special, especially when stumbling across huge fields of these little flowers.

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Have a wonderful week!

The Roadless Village

A few weekends ago, I visited the charming little village of Giethoorn, otherwise better known as the ‘Venice’ of Holland. This village was about 3 hours away from The Hague by train and bus, which was quite a journey to make, but was definitely worth it. It was such a picturesque scene, with the entire village made up of canals and the houses sitting just next to them.

We took a canal trip around the village, which is the nicest thing to do when the weather is colder/windier as it was that day, but I definitely want to return in the summer and take a boat which you can drive yourself.

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I definitely see why Giethoorn is such a popular place for tourists; despite its small size, it was really beautiful and a perfect way to see how the canals work in an area outside of Amsterdam.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Last Winter Walks

Despite a little less blogging than I’d hoped for so far, photography has definitely not taken a back seat in my life this year! Last weekend, I took a lovely winter walk in Westbroekpark, a park closer to the beach in The Hague. Despite the very chilly air, I could smell spring right around the corner. The sunshine is starting to become a more regular feature, there’s less rain and gloom, and the hours of the day are lengthening!

This park is such a quiet, peaceful park right in the middle of the beautiful suburbs leading up to Scheveningen (the beach). Though it’s not incredibly large, it’s significantly ‘hillier’ than the other parks I’ve visited in the city, which makes for some good walking with a partner or friend. I enjoyed having a coffee, strolling through the many trails lined with trees, and seeing the little signs of spring showing through.

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

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 – even 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!

 

Rocca Calascio

While travelling in Italy, I visited the home region of one of my closest friends – Abruzzo. In this stunning mountainous area of the country, we visited the ‘Rocca Calascio’, a fortress located on top of a mountain.

Aside from the fortress, there is a lovely little village situated just underneath, with homes, restaurants, and tiny shops housed within. The view from the top of the mountain was well worth hiking upwards for – you could see for miles and miles around the region. Though we experienced a bit of rain and cold at first, the weather soon cleared up afterwards and the sun shone while making our descent, allowing for all kinds of photos to be taken in different elemental states.

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I really loved this part of the trip – it was very atypical of what tourists normally do in Italy, which is one of the best parts of travelling around with natives of a country.

Have a wonderful week!

Streets of Roma

After successfully finishing my final year at university a few weeks ago, I finally visited one of my dream locations – Italy! I’d been wanting to visit since as long as I can remember, and the country was everything I had imagined – and so much more. I spent the last week with some wonderful ladies, and had an amazing time exploring three very different areas of the country – the mountains neighbouring a little village, the seaside town of Pescara, and – most importantly – Rome!

I was at a loss on where to even start blogging about this trip, considering the amazing locations I was lucky enough to see and the hundreds of photos taken. But I decided to start with Rome, the most beautiful capital city I have ever seen. Rome itself could take up a hundred different posts, but I thought to share some gorgeous photos of the streets and some of my favourite looks at the city, aside from the magnificent sights of the Colosseum, the Vatican, and so on.

IMG_7448IMG_7482IMG_7483IMG_7507IMG_7478IMG_7444IMG_7474IMG_7475IMG_7868IMG_7872IMG_7896Visiting this city brought me a wonderful sense of satisfaction – I still can’t quite believe I spent two wonderful days there. The streets, the skies, the warmth, and the food culminated in an experience right out of a dream. I can’t wait to go back and see it again, and explore Roma’s beautiful hidden areas which remain unseen.

Have a wonderful week!