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!
Over the recent Easter long weekend I was with my family in the New Forest enjoying the fresh air and countryside. The New Forest is a beautiful National Park in southern England, about 2 hours from London by train or car. It’s a great place for a weekend (or longer) escape. Here are some photos from my Easter in the New Forest.
Hello. Greetings from Val D’isere! If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed already that I’m not in London at the moment. I’m on holiday with a group of 24 friends in France! That’s the reason behind the slight radio silence on the blog because I am spending my days this week skiing, eating and having a blast at apres-ski in Val D’isere. We had the most amazing sunny day yesterday but looks like a bit more snow for the next few days.
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?
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…
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?
“Will: Do you like apples?
Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?”
Haha I love that line from the movie Good Will Hunting! Any-hoo on the subject of apples, this Sunday me and some friends headed out of London for the day for something a little different. Turns out that in October many Apple orchards in the UK celebrate Apple Day – and at Pippins Farm, which is near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, they were holding an open farm event in association with Hospice in the Weald. One of my friends actually knows the owners of this orchard and she had organised a fun day out for us to tour the apple orchard, drink ciders, feast on a hog roast & toffee apples and to play some fun apple games. Here are some photos of our day out at Pippins Farm Orchard…
It was so nice to escape the city to do something completely different for a change on a Sunday! The food was delicious and after a few too many few ciders we frolicked around the apple orchard like crazy people! But oh what fun we had & I love these silly but extremely wonderful people. How do you like them apples? ;)
Last weekend I had a perfect little escape to the seaside. I’d heard a few stories about this cute fisherman’s town called Whitstable in Kent, so I thought it was about time I checked it out for myself! Because it is only about 1 hour 30min drive (1 hr 20min by train) from central London it makes Whitstable a great day or overnight trip location.
Situated on the north coast of Kent, Whitstable is such a lovely little laid-back place with many great restaurants, shops – and of course the sea! Everywhere are many stalls, shops and restaurants selling all kinds of sea food from cockles to eels and crabs to of course Whitstable’s most famous export, oysters! Here are some iPhone snapshots from my weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..
Walks exploring the Harbour // Enjoying Whitstable Brewery beers + compulsory fish & chips in sun loungers by the beach = happiness // Checking out the town, shops and galleries // People watching and drinks at The Old Neptune, a famous pub on the beach // Happy moments watching the sunset over the sea…
Dinner at Wheelers Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in town (open since 1856!) and famous for – tada you guessed it – oysters! The restaurant is tiny and is usually booked up for months but I was lucky and managed to reserve us a table at the bar. It’s BYO so what better to bring than a bottle of bubbly to enjoy with the seafood. Or you can always run across the load to the local ‘Offie’ for some more drinks. We had a lovely night in this cute little authentic restaurant, the oysters and the rest of the seafood was delicious and it was nice to enjoy a very casual and laid back evening out. If Wheelers is booked up another great option for dinner would be The Whitstable Oyster Company.
Where to stay in Whitstable? We stayed in a lovely little cottage called the Corner House (link) which was perfectly located just meters from the harbour. Loved the beach style feeling of the place and we had a great stay here. However next time I might try to book a Fisherman’s Hut (which were fully booked the weekend I went) because they are right on the water and look super cute (link)!
Sunday morning was the perfect laid-back day starting with home baked muffins (my winning recipe here) and tea at the cottage, followed by a long walk along the beach to the Tankerton Slopes. It was a quiet foggy morning which made for some peaceful and beautiful moments – with some pebble throwing for laughs.
Can you tell I loved these little sea huts along Tankerton slopes? We had breakfast outside at Jojo’s – a great little cafe at the end of the beach Tankerton way (about a min walk from the harbour).
Before driving back to London we decided, that while in the area, we should check out the famous White cliffs of Dover. Such a beautiful national park!
If you had the best weekend ever then JUMP! ;) I seriously recommend going away for a weekend in Whitstable – or even if for just the day. It was one of those weekends were I came back feeling so happy and relaxed, like I’d had a mini holiday. Think the seaside does this to me. It was the kind of weekend where I wished I had a time machine to stop time so that it didn’t have to end….
Thank you Whitstable for the happy memories. Think I will be back :)