Finally, some sun!

The weather has been up and down lately in this part of Europe… we are having far too many rainy/windy days, and that will probably continue for a little while longer in the coming weeks. A couple of weekends ago was a rare change of events, however – the sun shone very bright and the days were hitting 18 degrees! That obviously meant a beach visit was in order.

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We also visited a seaside museum in Scheveningen called ‘Beelden aan Zee’, which specialises in sculpture exhibitions. This was a fun little addition to a sunny day and had some really interesting sculptures to view.

Have a wonderful week!

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!

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 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!

 

Sunset at the Beach

The winter months are starting to set in here in The Netherlands, and you can feel the bite of the wind in the mornings and evenings a lot more. On the plus side, the Christmas lights and decorations are being set up all over the city!

With the start of the winter season, I’ve been missing the beautiful beach a lot, especially the summer sunsets. These photos were taken just a couple of months ago, in a completely different season. Now the same beach has been transformed into a grey and freezing landscape, far too windy to visit except for the shortest walk.

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I’ve been in wonder of shells since I was a little girl and would visit the beach in Sri Lanka; that clearly still hasn’t changed! I love the beautiful shells you can always find on the quiet beaches here, no matter which season.

Have a wonderful week!

Fireworks Explosion

It has been far too long since I last blogged, and I’ve really missed it! The last couple of months have been a real turning point in my life – I officially graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Law, and started an amazing new job! Life has changed a lot and gotten a lot busier since two months ago, but I’m very glad to have been given a wonderful opportunity to stay in The Netherlands and continue to live here and enjoy this beautiful country.

To kickstart my return to regular blogging of my adventures here, I thought I would share a lovely throwback to mid-August, when the International Fireworks Festival was held at Scheveningen, our favourite beach in The Hague. This festival brings together various countries to compete with their best fireworks displays, and lasts for a couple of weekends every year. I was able to visit the displays of China against France, and what a beautiful, glowing, explosive experience that was on a warm summer evening!

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

The Japanese Garden

After more than a month, I’m back to blogging – finally! Finishing my thesis over the last month was a tough process, but it’s finally done and I’m very happy to be back to going out and exploring this beautiful country during these warm months.

During a little thesis break last month, me and some friends went to visit the beautiful ‘Japanse Tuin’ (Japanese Garden), located in the heart of Clingendael. This beautiful little paradise is only open for eight weeks every year from April to June, and again during the autumn period for a few days in October. The plants and flowers in the garden are very rare and fragile, which is why it has to be closed off to the public for the rest of the year.

The garden is stunning during the spring opening, with all the spring blooms out in full force. It was perfect for me to take some great focus shots of all sorts of beautiful flowers and winding paths inside the garden. We visited on a warm but cloudy day, which finally ended up with a full storm breaking loose right in the middle of our visit. Despite the rain, looking out at the garden from our little shelter under the small temple structure in the garden was breathtaking.

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The above picture shows the start of a slight drizzle, but the next one shows the scene about a minute later – in the middle of the heaviest rain shower in weeks!

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I visited the garden once more on its closing day, with the hope of getting some more pictures in a sunnier environment. However, despite the lovely sun shining that day, the garden had already lost most of its best blooms. It was still very beautiful and serene, especially with less people visiting, but the garden is definitely best visited during its flowering season in May.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Springtime Flowers

Happy Earth Day!

With the last couple of weeks being hectic, and with the next few months likely to be even busier, it’s been hard to get outside and appreciate the outdoors and take photographs much. However, a couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to take some beautiful shots of budding springtime flowers in Lange Voorhout, near the centre of The Hague. These budding flowers were gorgeous to see with the setting sun, and stretched for several metres along a long path. It was very much like walking down an aisle of flowers!

I hope to get a chance to go walking again soon, and take some more photos once the weather stops switching to cold and rainy. April is always an ‘off’ month here, with a very thin line existing between winter temperatures and summer sun!

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Sunny Scheveningen

Studying for exams at this time of the year has me longing for the beach. At the end of March, a beautifully sunny day allowed me and some friends to visit Scheveningen, The Hague’s busiest beach, for a food festival and market. Though it was still slightly windy, the blue sky and warm sun made up for the months of grey and cold we had all been feeling a little too keenly!

Visiting Scheveningen always gives me a warm feeling of security – that winter is finally behind us, and summer is slowly making its way in. This beach has some wonderful, happy memories that I’ve collected over the past four years, and will forever be somewhere I can recall fondly as ‘home’ for a period of my life.

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The beautiful coast

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On top of ‘De Pier’

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The skyline from De Pier

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Brilliantly blue summer skies

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Scheveningen’s Ferris Wheel

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The Kurhaus

The Hague By Night

The Hague is a stunning city by night, with a thousand beautiful lights and illuminated buildings. Walking around by ‘Het Plein’ or near the Parliament buildings provides for a wonderful view, no matter the season or weather. On a blustering cold and windy night, a walk through the city centre led to some wonderful photos.

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Looking up at the huge Mondriaan mural on the outside of the City Hall (‘Stadhuis’).

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The beautiful twinkling lights lining the outskirts of a square in the city. This area is known as ‘Het Plein’ in The Hague, and is a wonderful area surrounded by historic buildings, museums and a number of great restaurants and bars.

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Despite the intense wind, this was a lovely road taken through the city, especially to look at it from a different angle. Seeing The Hague by night never fails to amaze me – it is so beautiful in its own way.