Growing up in Zeeland means growing up besides water. We are surrounded by it, which also means being surrounded by beaches. Mostly during summer we tend to avoid the beaches, but this summer we are turning things upside down. So instead of going to the beach during the day time we go to the beach for the sunrise.
I have never been a morning person, but ever since I got up for my first sunrise I have been hooked. There is nothing better then to watch the sunrise and to see the world coming back to life. It is one of those things that will always be magical.
So the first of July we took Milow to one of the beaches close to our home, Breskens. There are big parking lots everywhere along the dunes, which you only have to pay for between 11am and 6pm. So you shouldn’t have any trouble parking your car.
Breskens is home to a beautiful lighthouse. Which is open for visitors. The lighthouse was build in 1866-1867. And thus has been here for over a 100 years! It is the oldest still excisting cast iron lighthouse and it is still operating.
It is one of my favorite spots along the coast here in Zeeland.
Which is your favorite coastal spot?
Two years ago, in 2016, we went on a 4 week roadtrip through France. Which took us to many incredible places and hikes.
One of the places we decided to make camp at was the Auverge. The Auvergne is a beautiful part of France, and luckily it isn´t yet overflown with tourist. Which for us was a big plus. If you love nature, the Auvergne is definitely the place to be. The Auvergne is known for it´s volcanoes. One of them is the Puy de Dome, which is the most famous volcano of the region.
The Puy de Dome is a very popular destination for paragliders, but it is also a beautiful place to hike.
There is a big car park at the foot of the Puy de Dome, from where you can either take the train up to the top or you can hike, ofcourse we decided to do the hike.
The first part of the trail will take you through a forest until you get to the start of the trail going up the Puy de Dome. From there it is a long trail going up and up and up, until you reach the summit at 1415 meters. There are benches along the trail everywhere, so you can enjoy the view of the surrounding volcanoes.
When you get to the summit you will find a restaurant, where you can have a bite to eat. There are also benches where you can eat your own sandwiches.
When you want to head down, you just follow the train for the first few meters. After a couple of hundred metres you will find the entrance to the trail down. There are stairs to take you back down to the car park and this part of the trail will take you through an incredible landscape. I was waiting for the hobbits to pass me on this part of the trail.
If you follow me on instagram you might have seen we were back at the Basque coast.
Last year I completly fell in love with San Sebastian or Donostia as it is called here. This says a lot as I am not a city girl at all.
So ofcourse I couldn’t come here without visiting San Sebastian again and eat my way around the city.
So last year we took the cable car up to Monte Igueldo, but this year we decided to go up Monte Urgull. Since that was something we didn’t get around to last year.
So which one do we prefer?
Monte Igueldo vs Monte Urgull
If you only can do one of the two I would go up Monte Igueldo. The view over the city there is incredible.
The view of Monte Urgull is beautiful to, but it really can’t beat the view from Monte Igueldo.
Even when you get to the top of Monte Urgull you won’t have a completly clear view with all the trees blocking the view.
It is also easier to get to the top of Monte Igueldo then to the top of Monte Urgull.
So for us the view on Monte Igueldo is the one you should go for if you only want to do one of the two. Besides the old cable car going up the mountain is also worth the visit. If you don’t want to take the cable car you can also hike to the top.
Have you visited either one of the Montes in San Sebastian and which one did you prefer?
For some reason after we left the Basque coast last year I saw pictures popping up on my instagram feed of the forest of Oma and I made the mental note that if I returned to the Basque coast I would go visit.
So this April we did go back to the Basque coast and we headed out to the painted forest of Oma. Ofcourse I hadn’t done my research beforehand, because we decided to go back to the Basque coast at the last second. So when we got there we decided to first head over to the information centre and ask where we had to go.
If you aren’t a local you can’t get close to the forest by car. You have to park your car 3,5 kilometers away. They made a hiking loop to visit the forest, which will past through the forest and through the valley of Oma.
Luckily we picked a fairly cold day, ahum, defenitly not and we headed onto the trail at the hottest part of the day. The total trail is 7 kilometers and it is actually quite a climb as the forest is situated in the valley.
The forest was painted back in 1984 as a project by Agustin Ibarrola. Who used the trees as his canvas.
When you get to the forest you will find little direction markers with numbers on it on the forest floor. They point you to where you should look. Multiple trees will form different shapes and you can use your imagination in full force in this forest.
And another month has come to pass once again. Since we are so busy this year seems to fly by! It is also the reason why I haven’t posted in a while. I can’t believe May is already half way through. It is the month I have been looking forward to for months, because we finally started to build our new home!
So what have we been up to in April?
I didn’t go to the Keukenhof just once this month, but twice! I had never been in the Keukenhof before. So this year I finally got the chance to go. Read all about my Keukenhof trip here:A daytrip to the Keukenhof
Owl and bird of prey shoot
I signed up for an owl shoot this month, which was a lot of fun. I even got to hold an owl! It was an amazing experience to watch the birds and the love of their owner for them. And the chance to shoot (with a camera) these beautiful birds.
We didn’t decide if we were going to either the Dolomiti in Italy or back to the Basque coast until the night we left. But we decided to go back to the Basque coast, which was amazing once again. I can’t wait to share all the new things we did there this year!
So what did you do in april?
The Hallerforest is famous for the bluebell, they usually bloom during the month of April.
Since I had never been there before I decided to go there at the end of March, of course the bluebells weren’t blooming yet. Even without the bluebells I absolutely loved this forest. I could wander around this forest for hours on end.
In March the forest was still completely deserted at sunrise. For me it is the absolute perfect time to head into the forest. I love to wander around a forest that is just waking up.
You will find two trails in the Hallerforest, a short and a longer trail, but you can also just wander around the forest. There are a lot of signs, so it is quite easy to get around.
While I was shooting, a deer crossed the trail, unfortunately I didn’t see him, but my friend that tagged along did. He even saw the deer twice, but apparently I need new glasses, because I really didn’t see him.
We decided to not hike a trail, but just wander around the forest. Which in this forest is a perfect option, because the forest holds so many beautiful lanes.
Have you ever visited the Hallerforest?
There are those trips that you want to do at least once in your life, no matter how much of a cliché they are. Well for me that was visiting the Keukenhof. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Netherlands, and I had never been there. not even as a child. So this year I put it on my bucket list for 2018.
And I didn’t go once, I actually got to go twice in a week’s time.
The Keukenhof is known for it’s Tulip fields. Obviously you don’t need to visit the Keukenhof to see the Tulip fields, but there is so much more then just the Tulip fields at the Keukenhof.
In the Keukenhof you will find multiple greenhouse which store an amazing variety of flowers. I have never seen so many sorts of tulips together in my entire life. Besides Tulips, you will find a green house that only holds orchids, in every color imaginable.
Besides the greenhouse you will find flower beds throughout the entire parc. They even planted flower beds to form a Tulip from flowers.
The first day I went to the Keukenhof with a group of fellow photographers. When your main goal is to photograph you can easily spend the entire day there. If you only go to wander through the gardens you can probably get through the entire park in about half a day.
Have you ever visited the Keukenhof?