Since my parents were visiting for a week, we wanted to take them out for a day trip to see some windmills. As I had previously already been to Zaanse Schans, we wanted to check out Kinderdijk this time. It was a bit of a longer drive and unfortunately the weather was not at its best. Still – the windmills are super cool to see, especially since there are so many of them lined up one after each other.
Afterwards, I moved on to Delft – a town that has been on my „must see list“ for a while now. Here, I met up with Mathijs and together we explored the little canals and streets of Delft.
In November this year, when all the leaves on the trees were turning red, it was time for an autumn excursion! We decided to pay a visit to Lage Vuursche – a little village in which surroundings you can go for nice walks. Just a little away from the main roads, you are suddenly all by yourself and can choose from a big network of trails! Just don’t get lost, like we almost did… 😉
Last September, we bought a car and now have much more possibilities when it comes to day trips and excursions. No need to wait for trains and busses anymore and to change xxx times before arriving. Yay! Our first trip took us to the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, a little dune area between Zandvoort and Noordwijk.
Here, you can take many different walks all the way to the beach if you want to. But the main draw are the animals! You will see lots of deer closeby, this is pretty much guaranteed. Since I needed to test my new lens before South Africa, this was the perfect opportunity!
I knew there was also a chance to spot foxes, but really did not count on it. But we were so lucky!! Suddenly, there was a fox next to us in the bushes. It disappeared, but we tracked it down and ended up standing just 1m away from it while it was napping in the bushes! It was not shy at all! 🙂 This was definitely the highlight of the day for me. First time seeing a fox in the wild!!
If you have your own car, the Waterleidingsduinen are definitely worth a trip. It only took us about 25min to get there, and with all the animals around it feels like a whole different world. Recommended!
A couple of months ago, we got the chance to visit the newly built Adam Lookout tower. This recent addition to the city’s sights stands in the North of Amsterdam and you need to take the ferry behind Central Station to reach it.
While from below, it doesn’t look like much – I would say just another tall office building – its charm lays in the views from the top of course. Having got „skip the line“ tickets for one of the first times in my life, allowed us to walk right to the highspeed elevator, flying us up in a matter of seconds.
Up there, you will first find a restaurant/bar area where you can already enjoy great views through the glass fronts. However, the more spectacular view awaits all the way at the top – from the open air roof terrace. See for yourself!
For the daredevils, there is a swing which goes right over the edge. The line was too long for us to wait, plus it did not look as amazing as it may sound like. Instead, we walked around the roof, taking in the views into all directions, before finishing the day with a cold drink in the bar below. While the tower itself is nothing special, it is pretty cool to see Amsterdam from above, and the Adam Lookout is a great option for doing so! 🙂 Here’s a couple more photos.
Diagnosis: Dive addicted! This is why I could not wait until October anymore (when Mathijs and I will be visiting South Africa), but actually decided to try diving in Europe! The original idea was to dive in the Netherlands of course. However, no dive trip worked out within my busy schedule over the last couple of months and so I jumped on a chance to go on a dive trip to Belgium with Divection.
At 6am we met up at Divection and I was reliefed to see that I was not the only diver without a buddy among couples. There were divers with different levels of experience, some of which 90% of their dives had been done within the Netherlands! Ok, I really, really love diving, but I certainly cannot imagine ever ending up like that! 😉 After a long drive (almost 3h) we reached Sprimont, the quarry where our first dive should take place. Long matter short: Cold, almost no visibility, nothing to see. Freezing 13C!! Even with a 7mm wet suit I was shivering after 30min. First time that water temperature decided on the duration of a dive…
The second dive site was much much better. Only a short drive from Sprimont lays another quarry – La Gombe. This one is certainly worth the trip and we had a great and super fun dive! In this quarry you can find a little plane wreck as well as lots of fish. The most fun were the curious sturgeons with their cute white noses who just swam up to you very close and even occasionally bumped into you. I was laughing so hard during this dive!! 🙂
It was a long, long day and the water was colder than I had ever experienced on any of my previous dives. However, especially La Gombe was certainly worth the dive! I won’t travel close to 6h for a day of 2 dives anymore in the near future, but I will definitely dive again somewhere closer to Amsterdam. Click here for some more pics!