If you follow me on instagram then you would know that I recently had a weekend in Lisbon, and oh how I loved it! Going to Lisbon had been on my list to visit for so so long. Actually, I had been there before but this was as a kid – so that hardly counts. Anyway being a bit of a planner I always make sure I do research before travelling somewhere so I know exactly what to visit and what places to go for drinks and food (the latter being pretty much the most important part haha). Me and my friend had the most brilliant time in Lisbon so I thought I’d share my tips as a little travel guide for a weekend in Lisbon!
In my spare time I very much enjoy going to museums to get my culture fix now and again. I especially love anything to do with photography. So when I was planning to be in The Hague for a few days I got excited because I knew it meant I would get a chance to check out the Anton Corbijn exhibition at the ‘Gemeente Museum Den Haag‘. Anton Corbijn is a famous Dutch photographer, music video and film director. He’s mainly known for being the the creative director behind the visual output of bands like Depeche Mode and U2; having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands for almost three decades. Some of his most known works include music videos for U2’s “One”, Bryan Adams’ “Do I Have to Say the Words? and Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”, as well as movies like Control (2007), The American (2010), and A Most Wanted Man (2014).
To mark the 60t birthday of Anton Corbijn, the exhibition in The Hague mainly focusses on his photography featuring highlights from all Corbijn’s series. It will start with the grainy black-and-white photos he took of many famous musicians in the 1970s and ’80s and show how he constantly expanded his horizon to address new themes and experiment with different techniques and materials in later series.
The Gemeente Museum’s building is famous in it’s own right as it was designed by Dutch architect H.P. Berlage plus the museum is renowned for its large Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. Anyway, I went here on a stunning spring day to lose myself in a bit of photography…
Hello everyone and sorry for the recent radio silence on the blog. I’ve been in Amsterdam and even though I had things lined up to post on the blog, I just didn’t get round to it. Every year I organise a trip to Amsterdam to show friends of mine, from all over the world, the greatness that is Kings Day! It’s our national holiday where we celebrate the royal family but mainly it’s just about having a great time, celebrating being Dutch and our huge love for orange! I have been in Amsterdam since Saturday and here some photos of my time there; which includes some tips if you’re ever planning a visit to this wonderful city!
Hello! Did you all have a good weekend? I had my sister and her husband visiting me in London on Saturday and Sunday so did some lovely exploring around the city with them. But first on Friday night me and a group of girls kicked off the weekend by checking out the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Seven girls + a few wines + this movie = lots of giggles! Have you seen the film yet & what did you think?
Here a few photos from my weekend scenes in London…
As much as I am quite the city girl, I also really enjoy being outside and being active in the fresh air. One of my new years resolutions was to do more of this in the beautiful English countryside. The U.K. has some incredible national parks (like the Peak or Lake Districts) to visit if you have more time up your sleeve. But I realised to get outdoors and enjoy hiking, walking or ‘rambling’ as the British call it, I didn’t need a whole weekend. It’s easy and super doable to just get an (early) train from London to a cute countryside town about 30-50 minutes out of London, do a hike, enjoy a cosy country pub lunch and get the train back to the City that same Saturday or Sunday.
So I went into organising mode and got a group of friends together last weekend to explore the area around Oxted, which is in Surrey and only was a 36min direct train ride from London Bridge. I found a great selection of hikes on a walking club website and decided on this (link) 19 km circular walk. I rounded everyone up to London Bridge for the 10am train and off we went. It always amazes me how quickly after you leave the city, you are surrounded by lovely green fields, forests and cute small towns. Here some photos from our Sunday walk!
On Saturday I finally made it to the Tower of London to see the impressive ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation! Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins to remember all the people that sadly were killed in WW1 as this year marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. The installation features 888,246 ceramic poppies and each poppy represents a British military person that died during the war. The installation has been at the London landmark since the 5th of August and nearly four million people are expect to have visited it by 12 November, when it will start getting removed. Here are some photos I took at the Tower of London Remembers..
I am so glad I went to see the Tower of London Remembers installation. It is visually spectacular and good place for personal reflection. The scale of seeing all those poppies really shows the magnitude of such a tragic part of the history of our world.
I kind of think the poppies should stay there longer, if not forever. But as it stand they will be starting to remove them (because they’ve sold all the poppies) on the 12th of November but to allow as many people as possible to see the installation, the poppies will be lit from 04:30 GMT until dawn and then from dusk until midnight. For more information visit http://poppies.hrp.org.uk. For you Londoners, I strongly recommend you go and see this while you still can!
Happy Monday! Today was actually quite an exciting day for me because I started at my new job. It felt a bit like the first day of school, but it was a good day and it flew by. Lots to learn and information to get my head around, but that’s the fun of a new challenge right? As you know I had a bit of time off in between jobs where I went home to the Netherlands and did some fun stuff with friends in London. So I thought I’d share some of my instagram pics with you all that I took during that time…