Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Road Trip To Middelburg

Hey there friends, today I thought I would share a few snaps with you from a trip Rich and I took, as a way of celebrating my belated birthday, enjoying some valuable time together, raising a glass to Rich doing so well in his new(ish) job and as a blooming good excuse to stay in a fancy pants hotel!!


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!


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


Hidden treasures




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!!

22 comments:

  1. these pictures look really really lovely! seems like you had a really great time!
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    1. You know, it was really really nice! I'm really glad I remembered the camera too : )

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  2. It sounds like you had a lovely break Gemma and your photos are always so sunny! I now have 3 small children, all under 5 (crazyness I know!) and a completely hectic routine, when we recently moved house for the umpteenth time I found attacking the to do list during the day, mornings are best (as I found if something happens that you didn't plan for during the day you may have still achieved something however small) and keeping the evenings free for a bit of relaxing before getting back on it the next day worked for us. xxxxx

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    1. Kim, may I firstly say that you are nothing less than a hero. Raising three beautiful and busy children is beyond simply an achievement, it is something you have dedicated your life to, which shows through the faces of your incredibly bright and loved babies!! How you managed to juggle that and find time to run a comb through your hair, I will never know, but there must come a sprinkling of magic with motherhood I think! Brilliant advice, I can be rubbish with organising my time and my day's necessities, but making the most out of the mornings is a fantastic idea! Plus you get that feeling of being productive!! Thanks petal : )

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  3. Lovely photos, it seems like you've had a great time :)

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  4. Wow love your photos! You make me want to go to Middelburg or anywhere in Europe, really!

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    1. Haha!! You should : ) Take a trip, go on, get travelling : )

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  5. amazing photos!

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    1. The weather was very kind to us that weekend : )

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  6. Oh my what a beautiful little place! Can't get enough of those cobbled streets!
    Glad you had a nice relaxing time, it's well worth treating yourself every now and then and can I just say that I am obviously insanely jealous of the hotel and SAUNA! Haha! xxx

    Mary
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    1. This was definitely one of those indulgent weekends!! Only trouble is, I want to go again!! Haha!!

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  7. Amazing photos and city is really cute place!

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  8. aaaaw, thanks Gemma :) and a happy Easter to you x

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    1. Honestly Kim, you are a wonder! : ) Happy Easter to you and your little bunnies!

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  9. Looks like a lovely place. But google tells me it would take 5hr from where I am... damn. The Netherlands can be a little further than I think at times haha. Probably as it's off to the east.

    Lovely photos!

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    1. Hahaha!! Ahh typical! Deceiving huh!

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  10. It looks like such a lovely place, Gemma, I'll be sure to pop it on a 'future travels' list in case we ever stop in the Netherlands again! And that room? Dayum guuuurl! :D

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    1. I know, it was something special! Felt like a royal slob, and loved every minute! x

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  11. Looks so gorgeous, the buildings are breathtaking! :)

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