Holland: Amersfoort

Posted on Updated on

DSC_1293
Koppelpoort : the beautiful 15th century entrance gate in Amersfoort.

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went on a weekend break to our beloved neighbouring country… Holland. We love the hospitality and friendliness of the Dutch so when choosing a destination for a weekend getaway, Holland nearly always wins!

This time we stayed in Hotel Postillion in Putten at the Veluwemeer, but before going to our hotel, we made a stop in Amersfoort.

Amersfoort is a beautiful Dutch town with lots of canals which makes it even more cosy and romantic to take a stroll. After parking our car, we were in need of a hot drink, so first of all we stopped by in a cosy bar (Kafé Van Zanten), which we would easily adopt as our favourite pub when we would live nearby.

DSC_1230
Kafé Van Zanten is a charming pub in Amersfoort.

DSC_1235

Coming out of this pub, I immediately stumbled upon ‘Stark‘. I was drawn to the nice handbags I saw in the shop window. I really liked this shop… the jewellery, handbags, scarfs,.. It was al just that bit different than in other shops and I asked the shopkeeper if I could take some photos for my blog, which she kindly agreed to. She passionately told me about the concept behind this shop : Stark works together with beginning and acknowledged artists and sells their artwork. It offers the artists a way to show their work to the public and potential customers. The shop regularly attracts new artists to keep the offer versatile. It is a unique way to bring art to the people in a way that is both positive for artist and for customer. So when in the neighbourhood, I can definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful (art) shop.

DSC_1249
Stark… a different look on art.

DSC_1241

DSC_1243
Beautiful handbags by artist Myrjam Zwolsman.

After a bit of shopping for my husband (no… I didn’t buy anything!), we had lunch at Observant, a bar/tearoom/restaurant that is situated in a former convent with a cosy patio. We had a tasty sandwich. I opted for the brie/chicken/mango one while my husband chose the mackerel/red onion one.

In the afternoon we continued strolling throught the town, doing a bit of sightseeing : the Koppelpoort (a beautiful double 15th century entrance gate), the birthhouse of painter Mondriaan, Monnikendam (another 15th centry entrance gate) and ofcourse the so-called ‘wall-houses’, houses that are built against and onto the foundations of the ramparts.

DSC_1252

DSC_1254

DSC_1265
The beautiful entrance of Museum Flehite.

DSC_1302

DSC_1330DSC_1307

DSC_1311

To end our afternoon we shouted ourselves to some tea with scones at ‘Theefeestje‘ an extremely cosy tearoom which also has a shop in the next street. The scones were homemade and tea was served in old-fashioned porcelain cups… You felt like in a dollhouse !

DSC_1327
Homemade scones, a cosy interior, old-fashioned porcelain cups,… quite the tea break at Theefeestje !

DSC_1321

After a well spent day in Amersfoort, we headed to our hotel near the Veluwemeer where we were welcomed by a very beautiful sunset…

DSC_1356
Lovely view on Veluwemeer from our hotel.

Love, Kathleen

We often visit Holland… here you can read about our trip to Utrecht…

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Holland: Amersfoort

    bapalaya said:
    October 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Holland looks so beautiful ❤ Glad you and your husband had a lovely trip, Kathleen! x

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      October 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

      It is! If you get the chance to visit it… DO 🙂 !

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s