We packed the car with a cool box of goodies and headed off to our first stop- the gorgeous Domburg. This place was tiny but held some really pretty architecture and some seriously inviting shops. After a wee stroll around and some lunch, we continued on our journey until Westkapelle. We braved the skirt lifting winds and climbed the stairs to marvel at the view atop the dyke (separating the village from the sea), and learn a little about the history of this area, including when it was bombed during the second world war and how it took more than a year to close the gap in the dyke.
After almost being whisked off with the breeze, we headed to our desired destination, Middelburg!
Shop fronts in Middelburg
It's all in the details
Such a variety of styles and structures
Majestic church spire hidden amongst the roof tops
Wandering around the old streets
This is somewhat of a large town, in comparison to our previous pit stops, but was no less pleasing on the eye. Take a look at those buildings, the fine details and curiously intricate silhouettes. This place is steeped in history and character and may I also say THE place to go for some delightful boutiques.
The sun shone down on us as we hit the cobbled streets and stretched our legs, taking in the sights and soaking up some rays.
Now, I'm not sure about you chaps, but staying in a luxury suite with a freaking sauna in the room, is not an every day occurrence, and I may have done a little happy dance when we walked in! The place was huge, all open plan and seriously indulgent. The bath was ridiculously amazing, the shower was ginormous and did I mention the sauna? I may have mentioned the sauna. We even had fluffy bath robes and slippers, I mean come on! We lounged about like royal slobs and treated ourselves to an equally fancy meal in the restaurant.
I can't say enough about the hotel, and really really hope to go back (soon!), the whole trip was incredibly relaxing and really good fun, just what we needed. The dust is starting to settle, now I have my feet firmly planted on Dutch soil, Rich is hard at work and I am attacking the language continuously. So much time spent checking things off lists and organising the serious stuff, this was a highly required and thoroughly enjoyed bit of time spent together.
Do you have any tips for squeezing in essential down time, during a somewhat hectic routine? Is there an effective way to balance things without piling on pressure or stretching in too many directions? Let me hear em!!