Beach Bums, Holland

Part of my “wanting to explore more than just Amsterdam” had to involve a trip to the beach.

Blue skies.

White sand.

Gale force winds.

Furious frothing sea.

Y’know, the usual.

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Scheveningen turned out to be just what we needed and blew the cobwebs away.

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(Please excuse the sock situation. I didn’t pack any others and style goes out of the window when faced with potential damp, sandy shoe blisters! Plus, cosy.)

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It’s easy to see why so many painters were inspired by The Netherlands.

The light is utterly different to anywhere I’ve been.

Even on stormy days it has a cool brightness to it, like being inside a giant softbox.

A very restorative experience, especially combined with salty air, crashing waves and cackling seagulls.

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Talking of crashing waves…

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Blue coat // White jeans // Sunglasses (half price)

 Shirt // Jumper // Trainers

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We walked out as far as we could.

Kissed under the lighthouse.

And raced each other back to the beach, pausing, clutching each other as we avoided the waves and clouds of spray!

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Just in from the beach, in the marina, you’ll find Catch.

A seafood restaurant, set up by Hollands biggest seafood supplier (so you know they keep the best stuff for themselves!)

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With wind battered faces, a wild mop of hair and two grins that just wouldn’t budge, we sat down to lunch.

A great mountain of shellfish!

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Washed down with wine, and followed by mints with the Queen’s face on them.

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Warmed up, full to the gills and very jolly, we set off again.

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Heading further in land to Laren for  poffertjes.

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Poffertjes are tiny little fat pancakes.

Cooked in a special pan, the chef pours batter into little cast iron pools.

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In this case, a lot of pools! Though many people make them at home on a much smaller pan.

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They begin to brown and firm up on the bottom.

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And they’re flipped, quickly and expertly, using forks.

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By the time they reach the end, the pancakes are done.

They’re popped onto plates, topped with a slab of butter (in this case not real butter devastatingly) and snowed with sugar.

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Between the two of us, we managed rather a few.

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But can you blame us?

Just look at those pillowy soft, fluffy morsels of goodness.

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Pro tip: Order the sugar on the side, and dunk them in yourself. Otherwise they can be a little too sweet.

Holland is one of the few places in the world where people genuinely love to speak English! So don’t feel shy about having a good ol’ chat with the chaps.

It really is one of the loveliest places I’ve ever travelled to.

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  • Jeannie C

    It’s like you’re walking on the heavens!

    http://Www.whimsicalzoo.blogspot.com

  • The food looks amazing, I’ve got serious food envy over here! Poffertjes are pretty much my favourite food ever, and watching them being made is almost as fun as eating them!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • I love this! You don’t think of Holland as a real beach destination but this looks so beautiful and unspoiled. Plus the seafood is right up my street!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Looks like you had a lot of fun! The seafood looks amazing 🙂

    carlotarules.wordpress.com

  • amazing photographs, the location looks absolutely amazing !

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  • You look amazing<3 love your style

    follow for follow?:)

    xoxo

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  • Wow that beach looks like something straight off a postcard- just absolutely beautiful!

    Katies-rose-garden.blogspot.com

  • That beach is amazing, the light and crisp blue is so breathtaking! Gorgeous shots as always, and those sweet little treats at the end make the day don’t they?

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Gabriella Granata

    MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm

    Sorry, involuntary. I love those little pancakes! I get them every year from the Christmas markets here in Manchester.

    I love that you’ve done more than Amsterdam! It’s a real eye opener. This seems like a really fun place and I agree, the people in my experience are ultra friendly!

    Thanks as always for sharing your adventures! 🙂 spurs me on to have more of my own. xx

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  • I don’t envy you on that cold, windy beach lol. Looks like you had so much fun!

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  • I never would have thought of going to the beach in the Netherlands, this looks like quite the adventure though!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • PatriciaParisienne

    Sounds like a lovely day! Loved those little pancakes. Will have to try them on my next trip over! x

  • This beach looks like a real hidden gem in terms of the tourist trail of Europe.
    And those little pancakes :O
    Rosie
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  • Tal

    Agreed to dunking sugar on the side!

    HUGE UK drugstore haul in PHOTOS- superdrug and boots

  • Phyllis

    Can’t believe it, I live in The Hague (Den Haag) 15 mins from Scheveningen and 5 mins from Delft., by car that is. We cycle to the center of Delft in 15 mins, but only my teenage daughter cycles with her friends to Scheveningen when they want to spend the day on the beach. Which makes The Hague a great place to grow up in for her, she shops in The Hague, goes to the bars and plays hockey in Delft (world famous tech uni, so lots of boy students there!) and tans and plays on the beach in Scheveningen. You are doing a great job on promoting our country, I must say. So glad you hightlight different things than just Amsterdam, everybody goes there now, it is inundated with tourists, just too many of them (like Venice). Long rows everywhere. And there are so many other nice things to see, do and eat! Catch is a perfect place for seafood (our fav) and poffertjes……. I can never resist…. and I do like them with allllllll that sugar! The pictures in your blogposts are absolutely beautiful!

  • I cannot wait to go on holiday 🙂 Off to Cancun in 15 days! I’ll be blogging about it 🙂 http://www.shehearts.net

  • I love the way you write. I always feel like I’m on the adventure with you.
    Katie x

  • Absolutely love this Rosie!

    My house mates lives near there and even though we’ve all been to Amsterdam, she’s determined we have to come and stay with her this summer to experience the ‘proper’ Holland.

    If that incredible sea food and poffertjes are there, oh my gosh, I’m game!
    (Hope you’re having fun in Oz!)

    Emily xx
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  • That lighthouse is just beautiful against that beachy backdrop! And those pancakes… I bet it’s so much harder than it looks to flip them!! x

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  • Everything looks delicious there! Great photos 🙂

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  • Ahh, I love how beaches look in the off-season — empty, surreal, other-worldly. Just a little reminder that everyone has their pretty side and their ugly side, I guess? Or am I reading too much into it? Ha! Here’s a less introspective observation: that seafood feast looks sfejwfeiwjfijiwjeoawfmmmmmmmmmm 😉

    michelle marie
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  • Omg you were in The Hague I go to uni there! Glad you liked your stay in the every so windy holland hahahaha x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • cloudless.day

    This is right near my home, just a walk away! It is not the queen on the peppermints by the way 😉 Wilhelmina was the great grandmother of the current king. She was queen from 1898-1948. She passed away in 1962.

  • mariel

    ahh the beach looks amazing and just so lovely..the wave crash photos are just so fun and lovely, what a lovely experience…the food looks so delicious too especially those yummy sea food <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  • They remind me of an actually delicious version of an American funnel cake!

  • Poffertjes are seriously making me want to book a trip to Holland! Everywhere looks so amazing. I hope you’re enjoying Oz. Xx

    Olivia – http://www.cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hahaha, how fun. You’ll remember that splashing moment forever!
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  • The seafood looks amazing!! 🙂

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  • Peppermint Dolly

    Oh my goodness they look so tasty!!

    Rxx

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  • ninegrandstudent

    Those pancake things look delicious! I have to say Rosie, you have a wonderful glow at the moment! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • So nice to see a different side to Amsterdam! Also – was it a little windy…?? 🙂 Sophie xxxx
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  • I am just planning a trip to Holland and might just pay this place a visit!

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  • Not the scenery I’d think of when I hear ‘The Netherlands’ but beautiful none the less! The pancakes look delicious!

    Love Hayley,

    Water Painted Dreams

  • Ahh that looks amazing 🙂 x

    http://chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.co.uk

  • I just love how you record your days through photography.. it is amazing to look at and I just wish I was there! love it xx

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  • Carla Roque

    its like a painting. lovely hues and delicious food, thanks for the armchair travel.

  • Oh my, sudden craving for pancakes…or anything covered in powdered sugar! Ha. Yum! Holland sounds like an amazing place! Definitely on my bucket list.

  • Ella-Roe

    This looks breathtaking, great post. As always.

    http://www.ella-ro.blogspot.co.uk

  • What a gorgeous white sand & blue skies. Those mini pancakes look super yummy, although good tip about the sugar….waaaayyyy too much on there!!!!!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Looks like a great day. The dutch beaches CAN be beautiful, as can the skies.

    And poffertjes…oh my, I love hem, bit never eat them, since they are just poison for a diabetic like myself. But otherwise…yum! I could eat a dozen, hahaha…

    Great pics!

  • I love those fat pancakes! I tried it once when i was in amsterdam, It was awesome despite being drowned in icing sugar!
    The beach looks so beautiful, the light, sky and waves are just amazing. You’re so right, its as though you were in a giant soft box! Super pretty:)

    x. Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

  • Kate

    What a fun trip! It looks like you had so much fun! Those Poffertjes are going to be on my mind now 🙂

    Kate

    Come see what I brought home from the mall!

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  • Looks like a great day! xo

  • I had those pancakes in Thailand and I loved them <3 I wished I could make them at home 🙂

    Mahshid مهشید

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  • my bad! I meant in terms of big names cities/places such as Amsterdam/Paris/Madrid etc. it would not come up first 🙂

  • Julia

    Oh my this looks amazing, and true to form your post has managed to make my mouth water 😀 I love those beach photos, a side to the Netherlands I had never seen before! And those pancakes are now an absolute must during my next visit 🙂

    Julia

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  • Before The Big Day

    YUM!

  • So so pretty, this looks like a great beach day and the food looks delicous!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • That wind looks pretty vicious so well done for braving it. I think I could just about manage for the reward of that shellfish too! And don’t even get me started on the pancakes… I bloody love them! Lots of love, Andrea xxx
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