…I finally made it to the Hortus! This place has been on my list for a long time. The botanical garden was founded in 1683 and used to serve as a herb garden for medical practitioners. Nowadays it’s famous for some of its trees & plants. The garden includes a Palm House, some green houses, beautiful halls, a store and a cafe. It definitely was a pleasure strolling around here on a peaceful sunny morning. The butterfly greenhouse & Palm House were my favorite spots!
Oh Leiden, you keep surprising me. I’ve already studied for 6 years in this cozy city, and I’m still discovering new places now and then. One of the spots I started to admire more recently is het Plantsoen, a park situated in the South of the city. The waterside, fountains, bird-cages with some really cool animals and huge trees make this park the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle or simply just to enjoy nature. The surrounding neigborhoods are worth exploring as well. Expect lots of pretty home decorations, flowers, unique buildings & cats!
I’ve become a picnic-enthusiast after the ones I had in London, so I decided to bring my red blanket on this evening as well. We found the perfect spot underneath a tree and close to the water. The sun flickered through the waving leaves, small boats were passing by, people were sunbathing and swimming and we enjoyed the last sun-rays…
On a very warm and sunny day, my sister and I decided to visit one of the most beautiful forests of The Netherlands: The Veluwe. The National Park of this forest-rich ridge of hills is situated in the province of Gelderland and features several different landscapes. Heath, woodland and sand drifts, they are all present. The best way to explore all the amazing things this region has to offer is a very “Dutch” one, namely by bike! The well-known white bicycles are very convenient and scattered throughout the whole park.
After we picked up a map and chose our race-monsters for that day, we were ready to go. In a short period of time, we cycled trough different landscapes which was such a great experience. At one moment, it even felt like I was in a different country (I often feel like a tourist in Holland haha). We had a small picnic close to a lake for lunch and cycled for a bit after our break. I read on beforehand that it was possible to spot deers and foxes, but we decided to save it for next time since temperatures reached above 30C that afternoon (…cycling became too hot to handle). All in all, we had a wonderful time and I’m eager to visit this place again one day.
Lots of love,
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness” – John Muir