Castles & Canals, Holland

We took a trip to the historic town of Muiden.

Which, wonderfully enough, meant driving through the idillic Dutch countryside.

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Situated at the mouth of the river Vecht, it’s a tiny town with a population of about 4000 people.

Many of these 4000 clearly have excellent taste and deep pockets, as the harbour is chockablock with beautiful boats. All swaying and creaking with anticipation, hoping to be taken out on the water.

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We walked amongst them, and I chose a modest one that I’d like to take home.

More of a dinghy, really.

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Having had our fill of boats, we crossed to the canals and walked along the dusty path.

Relishing the breeze, rustling leaves and sparkling light coming through the canopy above.

 

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Stack of Silver May bangles

We caught sight of Muiderslot and knew we’d have to investigate.

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Muiderslot is the best kept medieval castle in The Netherlands.

Built in 1285 by Count Floris V, it’s everything you want from a European castle!

Towering turrets, candy striped shutters, one hell of a moat and a draw bridge.

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The gardens are pretty special, too.

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I found a feathery friend amongst them.

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I politely enquired as to his wingspan, and ever the gentleman, Mr Owl showed me himself!

 

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I’m pretty sure that look translated from Dutch Owl into English comes to something along the lines of…

“Effing tourist.”

But he was charming nonetheless!

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Blue & White dress

Blue bag // Blue shoes

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Inside, we climbed every available staircase.

Winding our way up tight, enclosed spirals.

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But hey, that’s how you get the good views!

 

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Back outside we lazily walked the banks of the moat, and chilled in the gardens.

 

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Before heading back into Muiden for lunch.

 

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Which we found, under the vines, beside the canal.

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Restaurant De Doelen.

Where you’re served by the owner himself,  Reynaldo, in the sunshine, in the very best people watching spot.

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R recommended a surprisingly good wine, which will teach me never to judge a wine on its branding.

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We shared beef carpaccio with shaved truffle.

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Oysters.

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And the most exceptional white asparagus I’ve ever had.

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Hot, buttery and served with home smoked salmon.

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Reynaldo talked us through each course, joked with us and really made the experience lovely, without being irritating (which is a fine line!).

 

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We watched as the town came to a grinding halt every time the bridge opened to let boats through.

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And topped off the afternoon with ice-cream from the parlour across the bridge.

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Muiden deserves a spot on your travel bucket list, it is truly charming.

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  • Jeannie C

    The perfect place to bring to life voyaging at sea fantasies

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  • Rosie, you seem to enjoy all foods, is there anything you don’t like eating? I don’t like seafood and it sucks cos I know I’m missing out on a whole range of food, but I don’t like the smell or taste :/

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  • Holly & Boydie G.

    Absolutely beautiful! I have added it to the bucket list!

  • It just looks magical! Love it! 🙂

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  • Now that’s what I’d describe as a fairy tale castle, so picturesque!! x
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  • I am in love with your dress – and it’s on sale, what a bonus! I will be adding here onto my bucket list. Xx

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

  • Its SO odd to see you in the country I’ve lived in my whole life haha! I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much 🙂 <3

  • I am currently in Malta and will never be bored of European castles and bridges!

    Adding this to my list!

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  • What a cute place!

  • Helen Davies

    What a gorgeous place and gorgeous photos! 🙂 Been years since I’ve been to Holland, need to go back!

  • Emerald Dove

    Gorgeous pictures! This looks like such an idyllic place. And that dress is so pretty. 🙂

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  • Would love to make house in one of those windmills! Looks like you are having quite a trip!!

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  • The castle looks absolutely adorable! Sounds like you guys had an awesome time and your pictures are gorgeous!

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  • What an adorable city! If I lived in Europe, I’d be traveling all over the place (and breakin the bank while doing so lol).

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  • Lily Rose

    Your pictures are gorgeous! New camera?

  • It looks so picturesque here! Will absolutely have to visit here when I get to Holland next.

    xx

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  • Gorgeous crisp outfit! Very Dutch with the blue & white!

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  • Such gorgeous and vibrant photos! Love your outfit here, the dress is seriously stunning!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • I just love all these Netherlands posts! I honestly had no idea that the Dutch countryside was that enchanting and now it definitely has gotten a place on my travel bucket list! Thanks for showing us a different side of the Netherlands! 🙂

  • Very jealous of all that wonderful food Rosie!

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  • Wow! The town & chateau look stunning. Your posts have shown me that there’s such a lot more to the Netherlands than Amsterdam, what a beautiful country.

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Janna Groot

    I’ve been reading you blog for a while now and know you’re a good writer, but these post are really amazing. It’s so cool to see how you bring my home country, and places i often visit, to a whole new life. Just be sure you not only visit the historic center of Amsterdam, but also the cool G&T bars in Amsterdam Oost (http://www.henrysbar.nl/index.html) or the old cafes in de Jordaan and you must go for breakfast at The Lobby, Hotel V where they have the best eggs! Have fun!

  • I’ve really been enjoying these Dutch travel posts! This town looks so idyllic.

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  • Wow, this has definitely rocketed up my travel wish-list, the countryside is gorgeous and the boats look wonderful and grand too!

    Lauren x

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  • That castle looks incredibly enchanting! xo

  • Such a beautiful place, I’m really in love with the architecture and colors everywhere, I can totally imagine myself living in a small town like this one day *fingers crossed* 😀
    And also this dress looks so pretty on you! Looks like you’ve had a perfect day 🙂

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  • Beautiful dress and photos, looks like you’re having an amazing trip!

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  • The scenery looks amazing.
    Katie x
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  • A couple or three things… 1) I’m surprised you didn’t take that mermaid statue home with you! 😉 2) The owl looks straight out of Harry Potter (it’s beautiful!) and 3) That windmill though! *insert heart-eyes emoji*
    Another lovely post, Rosie! You’re definitely fulfilling my wanderlust at the moment with all your adventures!

  • I’ve always wanted a moat around my house! And that owl is amazing! One of my favorite animals 🙂

    Casey
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  • These pictures are incredible! My mom used to live in Holland when she was a baby, and somehow/why we ended up back in the states.. Would love to visit there myself!

    Cynthia
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  • Kate

    This looks like such a fun vacation! So glad that you had so much fun!

    Kate

    Come see where the Mr. and I dined last night!

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  • I love the dress x you always look so happy and fresh. I love coming to your blog , it is just a breath of fresh air xx

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  • Ailiew

    What a beautiful place! Looks almost magical

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  • You look so elegant in your white and blue outfit Rose! What a gorgeous little castle! 🙂

    Gemma x
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  • Mr Owl is a very handsome beast, I’ve been lucky to hold a hawk at Gleneagles and it was a fantastic experience. The castle looks stunning

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Anu

    That castle looks unreal! Holland is so beautiful in the summer ! Also it took me forever to understand why the Dutch call it Holland and not Netherlands 😉

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  • I cannot tell you how much I love these photos!!! <3

    Mahshid مهشید

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  • Julia de K.

    You’re lucky with the weather! Hope you’ll check my amazing city if you’re still in the Netherlands. Have fun!
    Love from Rotterdam.

  • Thanks for your blog
    Incidentally, your blog is NUMBER ONE in the 1,000 style blogs we benchmarked. Chapeau !!!
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    Merci
    Urs

  • The castle reminds me of Game of Thrones slightly!
    Rosie
    x
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  • Julia

    This looks like a dream, I’d love to discover the Netherlands like this one day as well 🙂 Love the candid shots, and the little town looks lovely! Reminds me of the place in wayyy North Germany that my mom grew up in 🙂

    Julia

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  • Kelly

    Are you using a new camera Rose or still using the RX100? Your Holland photos are so beautiful. Would love it if you could let me know as I’m looking to buy a new camera myself this week 🙂 Thanks xx

  • Nok

    I don’t know?! I really like your blog and have followed it for years but these trips that sound and look like an advertisement really let the whole thing down. The photos are beautiful though and good ads as they are.

  • Your dress is so pretty, the flacon is amazing, and that castle is stunning!

    xx Kelly
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  • That castle looks straight out of a story book! The restaurant you ate at for lunch looks sensational – your choices are right up my street!! 😉 Lots of love, Andrea xxx
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  • Coco Cami

    Beautiful photographs, thank you for sharing this post which has cheered me up on a grey Monday afternoon!

    Camille xo

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  • Wow! So nice! How do you not look like frump girl when traveling? 🙂