It was the usual grey weather (which evolved into really stormy and rainy weather on our last evening), but me and my two besties had an amazing time last weekend during our yearly girls-only-getaway. We either go to the Dutch mini-island called Terschelling in Summer, or (if we can’t make that work) do something fun around Christmas. This year, we opted for Haarlem, a city that is actually really close by for all of us, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s more about spending quality-time together than it is about sightseeing. We did a lot of shopping, strolling around (there was even a Christmas market), wine drinking, eating, dancing, and having a good time together. My new (fashion) buys will be featured here and on my IG soon enough, but for now, let’s just enjoy the beauty of Haarlem (even with grey weather).

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My girls with their shopping bags at the Grote Markt <3

Dutch city

Pandora love! Didn’t buy any new charms though.

Dutch city

St. Bavo Church with Christmas lights in front of it (in the shape of the skyline of Haarlem with, yes indeed, the St. Bavo Church clearly indicated)


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Bavo kerk Haarlem

I was quite content with myself after taking this picture haha!


Happy shopping dance.

I’m typing this after returning from a theater show called Caligula (about the Roman emperor), which was really good and absurd at the same time. Gotta go to bed now though, it’s laaaate already!

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  • december 17, 2015 - 4:01 am | Permalink

    Enjoy reading your blog. Have a nice week.

    • Merel
      december 19, 2015 - 6:52 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Andrea, that’s so nice to hear! Have a nice week yourself! X

  • december 17, 2015 - 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Ik hou van Haarlem! Knus, gezellig en ontzettend mooi!

    • Merel
      december 19, 2015 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

      Vind ik nou ook! En een gemiddelde leeftijd van 30+ is ook wel even een verademing als je, zoals ik, uit een studentenstad als Utrecht komt haha!

  • december 18, 2015 - 8:07 am | Permalink

    Leuke foto’s! Ziet er heel gezellig uit xxx

    • Merel
      december 19, 2015 - 6:54 pm | Permalink

      Dat was het zeker, ondanks het grijze weer ;). Dankjewel!

  • december 20, 2015 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Ah, zelf ben ik geboren (en woon ik nog steeds) in Amsterdam, maar na mijn studie wil ik toch wel naar Haarlem verhuizen :) Al vindt mijn vriend dat ik eerst meer steden gezien moet hebben, voordat ik dat kan zeggen, haha.

    • Merel
      december 28, 2015 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

      Haha, daar zit misschien ook wel wat in (dat punt van je vriend), maar ik heb hetzelfde hoor: ik ben geboren en woon nog steeds in Utrecht, dus ik heb ook nauwelijks iets van de Nederlandse steden gezien, behalve dan tijdens citytripjes. Toch vond ik Haarlem een hele fijne, rustige, maar gezellige vibe hebben!

  • december 21, 2015 - 6:39 am | Permalink

    Merel, I noticed from your posts that every Dutch city is beautiful and charming in its own way:) It always amazes me to see the combination of modern boutiques and medieval buildings, or just streets. We don’t get to see this much in North America:)
    I love the idea of a girls-only-getaway! I’ve never done it, but it sounds like so much fun:) Have a nice Monday and Happy Holidays:)

    • Merel
      december 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

      That’s true, most of the cities in Holland look somewhat like this. We’ve got quite strict rules concerning the preservation of historic monuments, so many of the “old” facades need to be preserved and restored, even though nowadays they house shops and restaurants. In many occasions, the building itself is completely renewed, but the facade is still there, because these rules mostly deal only with the general view or skyline of the city haha!

  • december 21, 2015 - 10:48 am | Permalink

    Ah wat een mooie foto’s heb je gemaakt! Die van de kroonluchter in de kerk is fantastisch, kan me voorstellen dat je er tevreden over was haha! En die skyline, wat tof gedaan!!

    – Saskia

    • Merel
      december 28, 2015 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Cool hè, die skyline haha! Zag de overeenkomst zelf pas toen ik de foto’s aan het editen was ><.

  • januari 18, 2016 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Wonderful historical buildings!!

    Vivienne X

    • Merel
      januari 19, 2016 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Every Dutch is like this, so I’m kinda used to the prettiness of it. But taking pictures reminds me to look around and enjoy the view more. Thanks for your comment Vivienne!

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