A gondola ride and the most beautiful bookshop in the world

DSC03962For our four year anniversary, we decided on a romantic getaway weekend to Venice. We went for a short trip and unlike other trips, we hadn’t planned a lot. There were only two things that we really wanted to do, and that was take a gondola ride and go to ‘the most beautiful bookshop in the world’…
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Veni, Vidi, Venice!

DSC03735For our fourth year anniversary last year, we wanted to do something special. About a week before, the thought occured to me that we could go away for the weekend, to a romantic city abroad. And what city is more romantic than Venice?
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Romance in Venezia

20180503_234604.jpgHe gets out of the bus first and then he holds out his hand so I can descend the little stairs easily and step into the night, onto the wet pavement. Backpacks on our backs, hand in hand, we walk through a city that appears to be sleeping. It’s near midnight and the moon is shining bright through the clouds. It is raining. There is no one to be seen in the little alleyways. We are exploring this city we have never seen before, in a way that not many people do. The little bridges are lighted by only the streetlights and the water seems to sparkle. I look at him and my heart swells. He is on his knees, taking a picture of the glittering water, trying to catch the reflection of this gorgeous city. Then he turns around and looks at me. Our clothes are soaked and our hair is sticking to our faces, but we don’t care. We look at each other and the way the light catches in his eyes, makes me think of our very first kiss. So similar, four years later, on our anniversary trip to Venice ♥

The Eifel

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-07 at 10.48.31In the beginning of this month, Boyfriend and I went to the Eifel to celebrate our five year ‘wooden’ anniversary. What better place to celebrate this than in a forest. So far, I already posted some highlights of our vacation, such as Köln and Schloss Drachenburg on our first day and Burg Satzvey, Hochwildpark Rheinland and Burg Eltz on our second day. Now I want to focus on the Eifel itself and the lovely little city we stayed in, namely Schleiden.
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An unexpected castle and lots of wildlife

DSC06312For our trip to Germany, we’d only planned our first day to Köln and Schloss Drachenburg. The remaining two days, we just wanted to relax and explore the area a bit. For our second day, we decided to go to a wildpark and visit one of the many castles the Eifel has to offer.
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Citytrip: Köln

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Dom, Köln, Germany

Though The Netherlands is a small country with both Belgium and Germany at it’s borders, I’ve never been to the latter. Actually, that’s not true. I know my parents and my sister and I went on a trip to Germany once. I was too young to remember any of it, but I do remember my mum complaining about there not being a television in the house or cabin that we rented.

Last year, boyfriend and I moved to another town that was even closer to the border. It takes less time to get to Germany than it takes to go to my parents in law (who actually live in the Netherlands as well). At Christmas we went shopping for presents at Kleve, which was not all that exciting, except for that I found a new sense of freedom because I was driving myself. When I got my licence about 5 years ago, I told myself I could go ANYWHERE now, though I never actually did. But it felt so cool to actually cross the border into another country. I could go anywhere. I could drive further, to Switzerland or Spain, or maybe even Russia. Last week, we crossed the border again, this time to see Köln and the Eifel.
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Why I could never have imagined myself wanting to travel the world

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Guinness Lake, Ireland

I am SO bad at geography. Seriously, it’s not even funny. In high school, I always got the lowest possible score for that subject. I just really didn’t care where I could find the Mississippi river or what the capital of Honduras is. But now, I’d like to go everywhere. Visit cities and countries I’ve never been before, see nature’s wonders and who knows, maybe actually take a boatride on the Mississippi…
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Tiptoe through the Tulips

DSC06113The tulip season has started! One of the things the Dutch are famous for, are the tulips. And now they are in full bloom! I had never seen the tulip fields, so I decided to change that. A week ago, we finally went to see them, and they were so stunning!
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