Christmas in the Netherlands

 

The last few months of 2017 were a whirlwind, and this unexpected trip to Rotterdam and Den Haag was just what we needed to process, celebrate, and just be together. We didn't have a huge agenda besides relaxing, drinking coffee, enjoying art, and going to the Royal Christmas Fair in the Hague. Most of our days we spent walking around the city as it was 45℉ (7℃), which is vastly different from the negative temperatures that we're used to in brisk Minneapolis, MN. 

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We popped over to Man met bril koffie almost every day that we were in Rotterdam. Their caps were some of the best we've ever had. It was the ideal temperature, the milk was frothed to perfection, and the espresso was spot on leading to a buttery enjoyable cappuccino.

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Christmas in the Netherlands via whenwewed.co
Christmas in the Netherlands via whenwewed.co

 Heilige Boontjes in Rotterdam, just minutes away from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (below) where we feasted our eyes on Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Bacon, Rodin, and we could go on and on... We actually didn't know much about this museum prior to the trip, but it holds one of the top spots now on our list of museums.

left: Chris viewing De schilder by pablo picasso, 1963
Right: Man in blue i by francis bacon, 1954

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grey, orange on maroon, no. 8 by mark rothko, 1960 in the background

left: portrait of armand roulin by vincent van gogh, 1888
RIGHT: sortedammen, 2013 and keyhole, 2016 by tal r

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Christmas in the Netherlands via whenwewed.co

One of the best parts of our trip was being able to celebrate Christmas in the heart of Den Haag at the Royal Christmas Fair. We found this video below at www.royalchristmasfair.nl to give you an idea of what it felt like:

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Christmas in the Netherlands via whenwewed.co
Christmas in the Netherlands via whenwewed.co

Nothing quite like glühwein (mulled wine) over the fire!

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Thanks for journeying with us this past year! We're excited for where 2018 will take us.

CHRIS AND SÉ