velvet | The Netherlands

A drive around the tulip fields

It’s always a treat to fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the spring as you’ll have the chance to see the flowering tulip fields from the air, provided you book a window seat of course! It was no different when I flew back home last Saturday from Bristol. The view of the tulip fields around […]

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A weekend in Rotterdam

It all started with a conversation I overheard between two ladies as I walked down a street in Amsterdam. One of them had just spent a weekend in Rotterdam and she remarked how “gezellig” (a typical Dutch word basically meaning cosy) the city had become and what a lovely time she had. I almost stopped […]

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Unforgettable winter experiences

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with winter. On the one hand, I love the gorgeous winter scenes and the cozy feeling of sitting by a crackling fire with a glass of wine. On the other hand, I hate the blistering cold wind which seeps into your bones, slippery pavements (I’ve lost count […]

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Velvet moments: dreamy sunset in Amsterdam

I was on my way home from dinner when I passed this canal in Amsterdam’s city centre. I always enjoy catching a glimpse of this view when I cycle across the bridge but this scene forced me to brake hard. As I gazed at the colours of this gorgeous sunset in Amsterdam, I was joined […]

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Viking Cruises on the Rhine River.

A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands […]

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Velvet moments: Amsterdam in one photo

It was a sunny winter day and I happened to pass the back of the famous Flower Market in Amsterdam. I’ve walked down this stretch a million times but I guess with the bright sunshine, this scene, which I’m so familiar with, looked fresh and, well, new! I stopped to admire the gorgeous houses and […]

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Velvet moment: travel photo – sunset in Amsterdam

This spot on the banks of the Amstel River at Café Hesp (map) is one of my favourite places in Amsterdam to simply chill. Nothing better than just sitting with my legs dangling over the edge of the promenade, with some friends, wine and a few bites to eat, and watching people and boats pass […]

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A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3

I come from a family of aviation enthusiasts. Hmmm… on second thought, that’s not entirely true. Whereas my father was a true aviation geek and my brother and I share his enthusiasm, my Mum and sister are pretty oblivious, often managing little more than “it was a big/small plane” when asked which aircraft type they’d […]

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Tulips in Holland – oh what a sight!

It’s my favourite time of the year; when the trees and plants awake from their winter slumber and celebrate this with a riot of colours, the family of green frogs in my pond pop their heads out of the water, and everything looks so incredibly fresh. I love spring! One of the things I most […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – Old Church, Amsterdam

The Oude Kerk or ‘Old Church’ is one of my favourite churches in Amsterdam. Built in the 14th century, the church is one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. It’s a sight to behold on the outside but step inside and you’ll be greeted by a bright, cavernous space and the stunning wooden ceiling. These […]

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