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My rambling club

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!

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The Tower of London Remembers…

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..

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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!

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My Time off // Insta-Life-Lately

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…

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The Hague – The Japanese Garden in Autumn

I arrived back home on Monday morning and because it was a lovely autumn day we decided to make the most of the good weather to visit the Japanese Garden in The Hague. Based in Clingendael Park, the Japanese Gardens are only open to the public twice a year, during spring and autumn; from May to mid June and then again the last two weeks in October.

The Japanese Gardens are pretty magnificent and were actually placed on the list of national historical monuments in 2001. I’d visited the garden years ago in Spring but never before had I seen it in it’s autumn splendour. Here some photos of the gardens, don’t you just love all the autumn colours?

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Wearing: Black waxed jeans – ZARA // Burgundy V-Neck Knit – H&M // Camel Coat – MANGO (old) // Grey and silver snood scarf – H&M // Tortoise Wallace Sunglasses – Bailey Nelson // New Balance 420 Burgunday & Grey (Link) Am looooooving my new kicks, they are so perfect for fall and winter and are super comfy!

After visiting the gardens (admission free) we wondered for a bit longer through Clingendael Park to soak up even more autumn beautifullness…

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It was a lovely afternoon and am glad we did it that day because it’s pretty much not stopped raining in Holland since that day. Ha but have to say, I still love autumn. Do you?