Hotel Dream Gran Castillo

Hotel Dream Gran Castillo

Two years ago I traveled to Lanzarote for the first time and I am honest with you. When we drove to the hotel with the bus, I thought: what is this? I didn’t liked it in the first instance. Not so much colours in the landscape, black, dry….

We stayed in an hotel in Playa Blanca. Hotel Dream Gran Castillo, near the Papagayo Beach. A very large resort that is part of the hotelgroup Dreamplace Hotels & Resorts and built in Canarian style. As the name suggests, the hotel is built like a castle and at the whole complex are examples to be found, such as wooden bridges, “bullet holes” in the walls and the many passages.

 

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Lanzarote – the island of César Manrique

Lanzarote - the island of César Manrique

Lanzarote – the island of César Manrique

During our holiday we explored the northern part of Lanzarote, also called the “César Manrique route”. César Manrique was born in Arrecife, nowadays the capital city of the island. He was a painter, sculptor, architect and building consultant. His style can be considered as non-figurative with a huge love for the nature around him.

César Manrique

Lanzarote - the island of César Manrique

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The Lavender Fields of the Provence

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The lavender fields of Provence

Take a deep breath and let the lavender scents indulge your senses! You are in the Provence where the lavender fields symbolizes the local history and beauty of this lovely area!

“Lavender is the soul of Provence” –Jean Giono

The lavender season takes place between June and August. The best time to vist these beautiful fields are between the end of June to mid July. During these period, the fields will be in full bloom. The most famous lavender is in the village of Sault with the famous Senanque Abbey, which dates from the 12th century.

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Amsterdam in One Day

Amsterdam in One Day

Amsterdam in one day

It’s been a long time that I visited Amsterdam for one day. I always get an uneasy feeling as I long have not strolled along the canals. When the train stops at the central station and I always have the feeling that I’ve landed in a different world, even though I am only an hour from home.  I love the diversity of the city. Creativity, history, modernism and sometimes a little eccentric. You can be who you want to be. 
The weather is getting better. At last this time of year has come! We are going outside! The terraces are full with cheerful people. There are more tourists who walked along the treasures of Amsterdam. The city is very photogenic at this time of the year. In the alleys and along the canals you will find unique shops, antiques, vintage, art. At each corner, in every street you will be surprised. You could take hundreds of photos.  The streets of Amsterdam are a great source of inspiration for me. That’s why I always take my laptop with me.

Amsterdam love

First I make a walk and then I sit down in a coffee cafe to work on my book. In the afternoon I shop a bit and discover new hotspots. And then I realize it’s has been a long while that I’ve been in Amsterdam. When I am in Amsterdam, I often fantasize how it would be if I had a house here. Sometimes I have the feeling that I am in a village when I am strolling along the canals. It can be very quiet, that you only hear the birds chirping. Just right in town! And it will be great to live in a house that has so much history.  For now I keep on dreaming and making many trips to Amsterdam :)I will take you to Amsterdam through my photo diary. Enjoy!
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Spring in Paris

 

Spring in Paris

Spring in Paris

After a cold winter, the city colors pink from the blossoms on the trees. This decor reminds me of my first Spring in Paris.

April 2012. My husband and I travelled for four days to Paris. We strolled through the Saint Germain area, discovered the delicious delis in the Rue de Mouffetard, admired the windows of the beautiful shops and we got inspired by the architecture (especially the Haussmann apartments stoled my heart) and after all these impressions we relaxed on a sunny terrace in a narrow street in the Marais.

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