Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The one with a sunday in Zwolle

Last sunday we (mum + me) visited the city of Zwolle. I love these day long trips! They feel like mini holidays, and I am always surprised with how much beauty the Netherlands has to offer. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't say 'no' to a holiday abroad. Still lots of cities and countries on my list. A list that seems the get longer weekly, I see the most beautiful places through other people's blogs!
Our first stop of the day was Museum de Fundatie. For both of us it was our first visit. Built between 1838 and 1841, it first served as the Palace of Justice and later it accomodated the National Department for Town and Country Planning. After that, in 2005, it was converted into a museum. It was renovated in 2012 and the elliptically shaped structure was placed on the roof. The Museum named it 'the eye' or the 'cloud', but I prefer it's nickname, which is 'the egg'. It gives a great view over the old city. My fear of height almost kept me from taking some shots. I'm not a big fan of taking photo's of art in museum, but I really needed to take one of a painting by Dutch painter Carel Willink that shares a name with my mom: Wilma. 







After the museum, we wandered the small streets of Zwolle and ooh-ed and aah-ed over all the pretty houses. I was happy as a bird with a French fry, some of the houses were all pink and pretty! I have enough shots of doors to make a whole new post about them, but I think the amount of doors in this blog might be getting too much. Anyway, I did squeeze in some into this post...







We had mozzarella sandwiches for lunch, warmed up with a cup of tea, and started walking again. We found a lovely store that imports fine food products from European company's that are at least 100 years old. You can find French macarons, Russian tea and Italian cookies. Most of them packaged in beautifully designed tins, cans and paper boxes. We couldn't leave without taking some candy and tea. 




Hope your weekend was as good (maybe a bit warmer though) as mine was. Do you play tourist in your own country? Any museum visits worth mentioning? How about more doors? Yay or nay?

38 comments:

  1. Always "yes" to more doors! Love the twin red ones!
    And I like looking down on a place from high up :)
    The last photo is really beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, I like how green the city was. If I don't get lots of nays, I think I will do another door post! I think they're fun :-)

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  2. Amazing photos! I think you've had a great weekend :)
    Do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin?

    Lu ❤ www.balgarka.co.uk

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    1. Thanks dear! I already checked out your fabulous blog!

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  3. Yay to the doors! I love the "bird with a french fry" image--kind of says it all. This looks like a great day trip--I need to make time to do more of this!

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    1. That's another yay! I need to do trips like these more often!

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  4. Sounds like such a great day! I love how you and your mom are always going on little adventures :)

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    1. I am very lucky we share a lot of interests!

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  5. Zwolle looks nice! I didn't expect the colored houses. I hear a lot good stories about Zwolle, maybe I should plan a visit.

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    1. I can recommend it! A whole bunch of cute shops, and it's lovely for a city walk.

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  6. I love going to museums:D We have a couple of big ones here, but I haven't gone in awhile...sigh....
    Every time I see ur pics, it reminds me of how I should really visit Europe again soon.

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  7. What a fun time and what beautiful photos. I think you live in one of the most beautiful places. I'm always in awe of your beautiful photography.

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  8. I love the purple house! And the tea tins look fantastic. Glad you have fun! I certainly didn't play tourist this weekend because I was busy working my booth at a craft fair, but I had a good time, anyway.

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    1. Sounds like fun too! I feel like too much of an introvert to hire a booth and attend a craft fair. I think I wouldn't be able to make any sales! Good to hear you had a good time.

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  9. Yay for doors!! It is always fun to explore the place where you live! love the colored houses, and all the street pics! We spent the last weekend in Malaysia! ...will share in my next globetrotting post:)

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    1. Yes, another yay for doors! I am looking forward to seeing your next globetrotting post.

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  10. I love day trips....so exciting. and to go with you mom is even better. :0)
    Debbi
    -YankeeBurrow

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  11. I never went to Zwolle when I was in the Netherlands....actually I didn't go to enough places. That's often the problem when you work in a place instead of being the tourist...caught up in day to day life, and not enough exploring.

    It looks like a nice spot!!

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    1. It was a nice spot! It might not be the first place that comes to mind for a trip, but I really liked it :-)

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  12. Nice little tour! I love those tea tins. I'd love to explore more of the Netherlands. Exploring London, where I live, is definitely fun, pretending we're tourists, weaving through the side streets in unfamiliar areas. There's so much to discover right on our doorstep, even after 7 years here!

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    1. I've been to London one time, 15 years ago, and I would love to go again. I think I would appreciated all the good things it has to offer much more now I'm a bit older.

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  13. Beautiful post my dear! I would like to visit the Netherlands sometimes during the summer. According to your post I see it is still not warm enough yet! Doors are lovely. I like to revisit Paris one day and concentrate only on the door pictures. (something about them makes me wonder:)
    I live the picture of the tin cans... is it Russian tea?

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    1. Those aren't the tins of tea, the Russian tea they had was Kusmi. Do you know that brand? I received a tin as a gift, and really like it!

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  14. Yes, more doors! I can never get enough of good doors! I love that you went sight seeing and it's something I wish I did more of, although I do get out for lots of art events and they're usually in beautiful buildings. I love that shop you went to carrying the 100 year old brands, it sounds like a dream!
    xo Mary Jo
    http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh my you did very well taking that shot of the town from high above. lovely. I love seeing pics of your country- it's so pretty! Zwolle looks wonderful as does the museum.Wilma I'm afraid may have gone overboard on the blush. ;)

    happy as a seagull with a french fry OR doritos
    http://youtu.be/VILrWeO5QYs

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    1. Lots of not so pretty places over here! I just don't show them over here :-) I always tell Wilma to take it easy with that blush! But does she ever listen to me?

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  16. Thanks for the tour--Zwolle looks so interesting!
    yes on the doors!

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    1. It think I have enough yes-ses for another door post!

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  17. Such a beautifull place! And yes to the door post! For the most part, we don't have pretty or interesting doors in the US, so I love seeing pictures from other countries.

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    1. I'd love to go to Italy or Greece just for the doors. For some reason if I see a gorgeous door on Pinterest, they always seem to be there!

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  18. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! The old fshioned tins of tea and sweets are so pretty, I definitely would have come home with some of those :) The museum looks great too, and the egg is so funny looking, I bet the view was fantastic! xx

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    1. It was a great view. I love tins like that, if I'm not carefully my home would be stuffed with them :-)

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  19. A great day with mom! That itself is already one reason to be happy. Please extend my mother's day greeting to our Mom. I appreciate her visit in my blog too.

    If I was part of that trip, I will surely be one with you in the ooohs and aahhs with the beautiful houses. Hahaha I would love to see your country one day.

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    1. Maybe some day! I am sure you would love some of the food we have over here.

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