Christmas In Haarlem – What To Do, Eat And See In The Spaarnestad

The Dutch city of Haarlem comes alive during Christmas, with the arrival of markets, parades, and of course, the arrival of Sinterklaas. It’s a time to explore the lights and decorations in the old town, eating gourmetten with family, going crazy with sweets such marzipan and pepernoten, For visitors and locals alike, spending Christmas in … More Christmas In Haarlem – What To Do, Eat And See In The Spaarnestad

Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains?

When I was living in The Netherlands, I was intrigued by one minor aspect of Dutch living. Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains? I am not alone in wondering what’s going on here. After some Google searching, it looks like others have tried to explain this habit. While obviously we can’t generalise about everybody, … More Why don’t Dutch people close their curtains?

Dutch Poffertjes: The Ultimate Market Street Food

Poffertjes are the ultimate Dutch street food snack. Sweet, fluffy, bite-sized pancakes, Poffertjes are commonly found at market stalls and food trucks all around the country. The best ones are made fresh to order, cooked individually on a specialised cast iron pan. Dutch street food Poffertjes are made from buckwheat flour, milk, eggs, yeast, butter, … More Dutch Poffertjes: The Ultimate Market Street Food

Haarlem's charming windmill, the Molen de Adriaan

Haarlem’s De Adriaan windmill is one of the city’s most beautiful sights, turning its sails peacefully as it overlooks a bend in the river Spaarne. While it looks like a well-preserved slice of Dutch history, Haarlem’s windmill (molen) actually has quite a dramatic history. The humble windmill might be the quintessential Dutch icon (and the … More Haarlem's charming windmill, the Molen de Adriaan

Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

Haarlem Station is an under-appreciated architectural gem in The Netherlands. I was sitting on a lacquered wooden bench, a Hema coffee in one hand, and I couldn’t help admiring one of The Netherlands’ most beautiful stations. It is airy and serene, the only Art Nouveau-style station in the country, and a pleasure to travel through. … More Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

Copic Marker Challenge – Recreating Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch

I’ve used coloured pencils for years now, and I love using them for their versatility, ease of blending and burnishing, and ability to add fine detail. But I was curious to try out a new medium that looked really fun, the wonderful alcohol-based Copic marker. I wanted to throw myself into an ambitious challenge to … More Copic Marker Challenge – Recreating Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch

Bike Culture in The Netherlands – The Ultimate Dutch Bicycle Guide

It just takes one look at the streets of Amsterdam to realise that The Netherlands is a huge cycling country. The Netherlands is the perfect place to ride – The landscapes are flat,¬†cities and towns¬†are close together, and there’s a stunning 35,000km (22,000 miles) of dedicated cycle lanes criss-crossing the country. And that doesn’t even … More Bike Culture in The Netherlands – The Ultimate Dutch Bicycle Guide