WITH LINDA DEKKERS
OF LIVE LOUD GIRL
We asked Linda Dekkers, mother to two gorgeous blondies and creative mind behind Live Loud Girl to reveal all about the top must-sees and to-dos when visiting her home country of Holland. It’s the birthplace to hand-carved wooden clogs and some of the largest windmills in the world… But there’s so much more to this beautiful Dutch haven than meets the eye. Read on to discover what she got up to with her boys over their much-deserved break!
A pre-summer break is absolutely the time to take it easy. To get out of those (very!) early morning routines, school pick ups and after sports logistics is exactly what we need. This season, the family will be spending some time in Holland. This means a long flight and lots of time to relax. And although we currently reside in Dubai where it’s scorching hot during every waking moment, there’s suddenly a warmer breeze and some lighter evenings on Holland’s doorstep, too!
The boys love to get comfortable when out on an adventure or chilling at home, so for this trip we chose a few items to travel and chill in.
What will we be doing?
Sleeping in a bit, spending time with family & friends and hopefully being a tourist in our own country a bit too…
This is a great city to take your kids to. The architecture alone, even though I have been here so many times, never ceases to impress me. Embarking on a canal cruise is also a perfect way to see the city. Feasting on a warm apple pie afterward in one of the many cute cafes is a must.
Amsterdam also has some incredible museums to visit that are also great for kids. The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the City museum are literally next door to each other, and if you really want to feel like a local, make your way there on its famed bicycle tour – that’s how we roll!
We used to live here so this city holds a special place in my heart. It offers more of that ‘big city’ feel than Amsterdam does and is more spread out. Again, cycling is a great way to get around and allows you to see some impressive architecture like the Erasmus Bridge, the Cube houses and the Markthall.
Feeling brave? Take a ride up the Euromast and enjoy the views. Feeling hungry? Stop at Dudol for a bite, it’s the place to go!
There’s suddenly a warmer breeze and some lighter evenings on Holland’s doorstep, too!
If it’s the right time of year, you’ll bear witness to an abundance of beautiful flowers, all blooming in shades of pink, purple and vivid oranges & yellows – especially in the north west of Holland as this is home to the country’s famously stunning tulips. But you don’t even have to venture out that far; you can find lots of fresh flowers on any market stall, and for such reasonable prices, too! If only we could bring them all home to Dubai…
Holland is a very green country, especially at this time of year. My kids always love to explore the nearby forests and we all love a long walk amongst the green – it can really clear the mind. The smell, the colours and the fun that the kids have are all good reasons to get out in the open! There are numerous places to visit. Our favourite spot – and also the closest to home – is the Baarn’s forest, for the Dwarf trail (get the information at the tourist office in Baarn). Depending on the weather, you can go for hot coco or an ice cream afterwards in Blaricum at the HOOP, our all-time favourite.
Although we have been very spoilt in sunny Dubai with the warm sea and countless beach days around the year, planning a day out to a Dutch beach is still an incredible experience. Whether it’s raining, howling, sunny or fresh, a long and peaceful beach walk along the Dutch coast will do you a whole lot of good. There are many places along the coast you can dine at for lunch, dinner and even breakfast after an early morning run. A must in the afternoon is some ‘bitterballen’ with a beer… Cheers!
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