Category: Travel

Childhood memories – Epema State
Castles, Travel

Childhood memories – Epema State

I grew up in Sneek, in the north of the Netherlands. In the nearby village of IJsbrechtum was the closest noble estate, and I am pretty sure this was the first castle I ever visited, easy to reach by bike. Later when my mother worked in the Fairtrade shop in Sneek they had a stand […]

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Diana & her garden – Kensington Palace Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces
Exhibitions, Gardens, Travel

Diana & her garden – Kensington Palace

Photos: Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces If travelling would be easier nowadays, there is one place I would love to go. I have been in London several times, but there is still something new to discover. I visited Kensington Palace only two years ago, but the recent exhibition and the new statue would have been […]

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Balmoral – The Scottish Home of the Queen
Castles, Travel

Balmoral – The Scottish Home of the Queen

As usual Queen Elizabeth II has travelled to Balmoral Castle to spend the Summer there. Balmoral Castle is one of the two personal and private residences of the British Royal Family (the other being Sandringham). The castle is located in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. While Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh is the official residence of the […]

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Haute Bordure at the Fries Museum Photo & Copyright: Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Exhibitions, Travel

Haute Bordure at the Fries Museum

The museum will finally be allowed to open its doors on 5 June 2021! Luckily the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, despite of Covid-19 could receive media who want to report about the collection. I managed to make an appointment for Friday 2 April 2021 to see their newest exhibition “Haute Bordure“. Whether you’re […]

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Keep the Hermitage open
Exhibitions, Travel

Keep the Hermitage open

Over the years I have visited a lot of exhibitions at the Hermitage in Amsterdam. The museum was opened on 19 June 2009 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. Also Medvedevs wife was present, as well as Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima, which shows how important the opening was. […]

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Haute Bordure at the Fries Museum
Exhibitions, Travel

Haute Bordure at the Fries Museum

Let’s hope museums can open their doors soon again. They have been forced to close their doors here in the Netherlands because of Covid-19 on 15 December 2020. Honestly I think the museums and many people can’t wait until they open again. There is one exhibition I particularly hope to visit soon, as it is […]

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Prince’s garden in the snow
Castles, Travel

Prince’s garden in the snow

For the first time in years the Netherlands was covered with snow last week. And there was even ice, so lots of people went ice skating outside. Not me, but it wasn’t so bad in the Netherlands that you couldn’t walk. So that is what I did a few times. The world looks beautiful in […]

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Queen Margrethe’s 80th birthday exhibition
Exhibitions, Travel

Queen Margrethe’s 80th birthday exhibition

Also for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark the year of her 80th birthday didn’t exactly go as planned. No big celebrations, and several other events were either postponed or cancelled. While her birthday was already on April 16, only two months later, on June 16, she could open the birthday exhibition “The Faces of the […]

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