“So what is it that you do exactly?” Although I feel I share a fair bit of my personal life online, people I meet often can’t work out what I do for a living. Some think I am a full-time London tour guide. Others think I couldn’t possibly be working as I’m always travelling. (I wish!) So to clarify this once and for all, let me tell you what goes on a typical day in the life of Dutch Girl in London.
Hello hello, can you read me? This message was sent to you from the unique landmark Lizard Point in Cornwall, mainland Britain’s most southerly location. Imagine visiting the lighthouse where Tolkien took inspiration for his haunting image of ‘The Eye of Sauron.’ Or how about the tiny wooden hut that was the birthplace for much of our modern communication? You can read all about this in today’s special Cornish blog post!
On the first Sunday of the month I always write a blog post in Dutch. // Het is de eerste zondag van de maand, dus tijd voor een nieuwe aflevering van mijn Nederlandstalige blogserie The Dutch Girl Tales. Met als onderwerp vandaag: 5 Nederlandse Instagrammers die je wilt volgen!
On the final Sunday of the month I always reflect on the last four weeks. May is always an especially festive because it’s both mine and hubby’s birthday month. In between bad colds I got to celebrate my big 40th birthday with my family and closest friends. But of course far more happened in May. Read all about it in today’s ‘Reflections’!
Unbelievable news! Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence is the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2019! To celebrate this memorable event I explored the archives (thanks YouTube) and dug up all previous Dutch Eurovision winners. Great to see old footage dating back to 1957 already and see how much the Eurovision Song Contest has evolved over the years!
Hip hip hooray, it’s my 40th birthday today! And it’s the perfect festive ending to a great week spent in Cologne and Berlin. It’s been a week of history, art and the latest electronic music gadgets. From a visit to Cold War bunkers to the final resting place of the Three Wise Men, it all happened on this trip! Read all about it here.
On the first Sunday of the month I write a personal blog post in Dutch. // De eerste zondag van de maand en dus weer tijd voor een Nederlandstalige blog. Maar vandaag is niet zomaar een zondag. Het is mijn laatste zondag als een dertiger. Over exact een week word ik dus 40 jaar. Best wel een mijlpaal. Hoe ik me daarbij voel? Dat lees je hier in mijn laatste blog als een thirty-someting.
Have you ever thought of how magicians and mediums use psychological devices to play tricks on you? You’d be surprised to learn how even your own brain deceives you! The current exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’ at Wellcome Collection reveals the rational truth behind the world of magic.
In today’s blog post I’m sharing my first (of many!) thoughts and photos of our trip to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Are you ready to go on a road trip with me?
We all know of course that the British Museum is THE place to go if you’re interested in seeing ancient Egyptian artefacts in London. But did you know that the world’s fourth largest ancient Egyptian collection is housed in a small building on the University College London campus? I only heard of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last week and was rather blown away by all the treasures it holds!
Street art has always been a main subject on ‘Dutch Girl in London’. Through my blog I’ve met some many great fellow bloggers and in today’s blog post I want to highlight 3 street art bloggers you should follow!
There are countless secret London landmarks. No matter where you are there’s history above and beneath your feet. You often walk past them without even knowing. Public executions, London’s oldest church, creepy skulls and bone flavoured water. What more could you want from a city?
Done all the main museums, parks and tourist sights in London? Then have a look at my 5 alternative things to do in London, from the Freemasons Hall to film screenings – all entirely for free and also suitable for families!
What I love most about London is its rich history and the fact that some of the greatest historical figures have once called this city their home. Sometimes their former residences were quite extravagant, to say the least. In this post I’m sharing three of my favourite historical London homes with you that are far from any other house you have ever seen!
London is a great city trip destination, but sometimes the busy metropolis can also get a bit overwhelming. You could retreat in one of the numerous beautiful parks dotted around the city for a moment, but why not combine a free and unique public art trail with explorations of a far less touristy side of London? The Line art trail runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and O2 Arena and is suitable for families, art lovers, ramblers and even thrillseekers!
On the last Sunday of the month I always look back on what I’ve been up to in the past weeks. What were my personal highlights? What films and series did I watch? What exhibitions did I visit and which countries did I travel to? Find the answers in my Reflections on April.
Are you also counting down the hours until the start of season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’? To help you prepare for its final season and to help jog your memory I’m going through the 10 most memorable deaths so far.
On the first Sunday of the month I write a personal blog post in Dutch. // Ik ben momenteel weer even in Nederland en vertel je vandaag over mijn liefde voor Hollandse slagroomtaarten, m’n middagje in de kappersstoel en het geplande bezoek aan trappistenadbij de Koningshoeven later vandaag.
It’s the last Sunday of March already so time for my monthly recap where I look back at what I have been up to for the last weeks. Today it’s all about the cultural highlights of our recent travels through Australia, New Zealand and Singapore!
There’s more to that perfect Insta travel photo than meets the eye. It often takes a lot of careful planning and selfish behaviour towards others. I found this out the hard way during our recent travels. Find out more about my painful experiences here.
Vandaag geef ik het woord aan mijn oud-klasgenote en vitaliteitscoach / voedingsconsulent Annelieke van Woerkom. Samen met haar man Benito kwam ze vorig jaar speciaal voor een Ottolenghi foodie tour naar Londen toe. Geen idee wie deze chef-kok is en waarom je zijn gerechten zou moeten kennen? Dat legt Annelieke je allemaal uit in dit blog!