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Travel in Technicolour

I don’t need white leggings… I have white legs!

Hi everyone,

I already did this post in Dutch, but for my English readers and for those who don’t know yet: I have started a new blog! It’s called Travel in Technicolour – any ideas what it’s about?? ūüėČ

I’m not going to stop writing this blog, ¬†I love writing about crazy Dutch people and their strange habits.

As long as you keep being weird and wonderful, I’ll keep writing about you. Pinkie promise.

But I need a new challenge. I love writing (one day I’ll write a book… ONE DAMN DAY!) and I love travel, so why wouldn’t I start a little travel blog?!

My mission is…¬†Glossy destinations & photos without glossing over the detail.¬†

When planning my adventures, I was often finding myself with the same problem: that I couldn’t find enough detailed information. Yes, I could find the Top 10 European cities to visit, or the Top Things to do on Malta… but what then? Which area should I stay in? Where are the best local bars and restaurants? What’s the best way to get around? How do I get to the key sights? How much is it all going to cost me?

I love reading travel blogs but I find that many gloss over the detail. I was left wanting more.

Sound like you? Well, then you’ve come to the right place!

My goal is to provide you with as much detail about a destination as is humanly possible!

When I go on a trip, I’ll tell you exactly where I stayed, how much it cost, where we ate and drank, what areas we explored, which we didn’t, the things that were worth doing and seeing and which weren’t, how we got there, whether we’d return and any other details I can possibly think of.

Most travel bloggers¬†give you the highlights ‚Äď I want to give you everything in vivid detail ‚Äď to let you Travel in Technicolour.

So, without further ado, here are some things I’ve been writing about over the past couple of months (yeah, I’ve been a lil busy!!)

 

24 hours in Brussels Рread the full posts: 24 hours in Brussels | Brussels Street Art

Grand Place, Brussel

Grand Place, Brussel

 

An afternoon in Antwerp Рread the full post: An Afternoon in Antwerp

Grote Markt, Antwerpen

Grote Markt, Antwerpen

 

Hoge Veluwe National Park – read the full post: Review: Hoge Veluwe National Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park

 

10 things to do in Domburg Рread the full post: Things to do in Domburg

Strand Domburg

Strand Domburg

 

An afternoon in Oxford – read the full post: An Afternoon in Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

 

The doors and door knockers of Malta Рread the full post: The doors and door knockers of Malta

Door knockers, Malta

 

Gozo Photo Diary Рread the full post: Gozo Photo Diary

Azure Window, Gozo

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Hayley x

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Nieuw blog: Travel in Technicolour (en mijn tweede Nederlandstalige blogpost ooit)

Travel in Technicolour

I don’t need white leggings… I have white legs!

Hoi allemaal,

Voor iedereen die het nog niet weet, ik heb een nieuw blog: Travel in Technicolour. Ik ga niet stoppen met Bitterballenbruid.com. Ik hou van mijn blog en ik hou van schrijven over jullie rare Nederlanders en jullie grappige gewoontes.

As long as you keep being weird and wonderful, I’ll keep writing about you. Pinkie promise.

Maar, ik heb een nieuwe uitdaging nodig. Schrijven is een grote¬†passie van mij, maar ook reizen… en ik wil de twee combineren. Dus, Travel in Technicolour is geboren.

Mijn missie is…¬†Glossy destinations & photos without glossing over the detail.¬†

Bij het plannen van mijn avonturen, vond ik vaak dat ik kon niet genoeg informatie vinden. Ik hou van¬†reisblogs lezen, maar ik wil altijd meer. Ik wil meer details, meer foto’s, meer handige informatie. Klinkt dit je bekend in de oren? Dan¬†ben je hier aan het juiste adres!

Wanneer ik op reis ga, ga ik je precies vertellen waar we verbleven, hoeveel het kostte, waar we hebben gegeten en gedronken,¬†welke gebieden¬†we hebben verkend, en welke niet,¬†de dingen die de moeite waard¬†waren om te zien… en welke niet, ¬†hoe we er kwamen en alle andere details die ik kan bedenken!

Most travel bloggers¬†give you the highlights ‚Äď I want to give you everything in vivid detail ‚Äď to let you Travel in Technicolour.

Dus, zonder verdere omhaal‚Ķ¬†hier is wat ik heb¬†gedaan de agelopen maanden (in maart had ik het nogal druk!! April ook… Ik moet m’n April avonturen nog schrijven… watch this space!!):

24 uur in Brussel 

Grand Place, Brussel

Grand Place, Brussel

Lees de volledige posts: 24 hours in Brussels | Brussels Street Art

Een middag in Antwerpen

Grote Markt, Antwerpen

Grote Markt, Antwerpen

Lees de volledige post: An Afternoon in Antwerp

Hoge Veluwe Nationaal Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park

Lees de volledige post: Review: Hoge Veluwe National Park

10 dingen om te doen in Domburg

Strand Domburg

Strand Domburg

Lees de volledige post: Things to do in Domburg

Een dagje in Oxford, Engeland

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

Lees de volledige post: An Afternoon in Oxford

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Ik hoop dat jullie het leuk vinden en ook van mijn tweede Nederlandstalige post ooit hebben genoten.

Als je Travel in Technicolour wil volgen:

Abonneren aan de rechter kant van Travel in Technicolour (Subscribe to blog via email)

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Groetjes!

Hayley x

Ps – als er fouten in deze post zitten: blame the Dutchie’s proofreading skills!! ūüėČ

Exploring England: Being a tourist in my home country

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have probably noticed that I posted quite a few pictures from England in¬†the past few weeks. That’s because the¬†Dutchie¬†and I spent¬†10 days back in the ‘hood as we had two weddings to attend, a week apart.

Was it a holiday? Sort of. Do I feel rested? Hell no! Does England feel like home? Definitely not.

So, what to do when you’re in England staying in 10 different places for 10 nights? Pretend to be a tourist! ūüėÄ Or as my best friend described us: “you’re like posh gypsies travelling round in your Audi”. Thanks for that, darling!

Highlights of our trip:

Southampton – Baby Shower for my sister

Baby shower cake

I’ve never been to a baby shower before. There was a game which involved having to guess which chocolate was smeared inside a nappy. I¬†was not impressed. However, all the “baby people” seemed to enjoy it immensely¬†my little sister was glowing which was lovely. Less than¬†2 weeks to go until her due date!!

My brother’s wedding

Wedding table

Everyone cried. Everyone except the Dutchie that is Рwho was looking the wrong way when my brother broke down as the bride walked in. I can understand why Рshe was a princess. A very special moment.

Lyndhurst, The New Forest with my best friend

New Forest ponies

(Despite her gypsy comment. Kinda why I love her… like me… she has no filter whatsoever.)

I feel the same way about horses as I do about swans. They’re pretty, from a distance. Though when horses¬†start running downhill towards you… not so fun!

New forest horses

We skedaddled out of the way with her 7 month year old boy before I felt safe enough to take this. Bit of a scary moment!!

Kittys of Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst is a gorgeous little touristy town. I also recommend the village of Burley which my Mum describes as having “quaint little shops with knick-knacky things”. Pretty much sums up every shop in the New Forest!

Whitchurch near Basingstoke – Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Definitely one of the highlights of our trip! I lived in Basingstoke for 6 years and never knew about this place – but with good reason – it only opened its doors in October 2014. (6 months after I left England.) It was a bit of a dreary day when we visited, but luckily most of the tour is inside.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

This beaut (two greenhouses joined together) was designed by award winning British designer Thomas Heatherwick Рfamous for the 2012 London Olympic Cauldron, the Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010,  and the New Bus for London.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The greenhouses are used to house the botanicals needed for Bombay Sapphire: almond, lemon peel, angelica root, coriander seeds, juniper berries, orris root, cassia bark, grains of paradise, liquorice and cubeb berries.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

After schmoozing round for a bit, exploring the grounds and then tasting and smelling all the botanicals which go into Bombay Sapphire… you then go into the “Dakin Still House”… where the magic happens!

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

One of the tour guides takes you through the gin making process and you get to see Thomas and Mary Рthe two distillation machines which produce over 33 million litres of Bombay Sapphire Gin per year. Amazing stuff.

There’s also the heritage room where you can find out the history behind Laverstock Mill and Bombay Sapphire.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

We have the Dutch to thank for gin – as they invented jenever – from which gin evolved.

DANKJEWEL DUTCHIES!

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Then the last thing to do on the tour? Drink a gin cocktail!! LEKKKKKKKER!

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Hammersmith, London

Hammersmith Canal

Another friend of ours lives in London so we took a walk along the¬†Thames, part of the Oxford & Cambridge¬†Boat Race course… leading to Hammersmith Bridge.

Hammersmith Bridge

Hammersmith Bridge

Farnham

St Andrew's Church, Farnham

While visiting another friend, this time in Farnham, we stumbled upon St Andrew’s Church.

St Andrew's Church, Farnham

More walking… I love walking!

St Andrew's Church, Farnham

I also love wine.

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(FYI – Jalapeno Pretzel Pieces – THE best pub snack known to (wo)man! ¬†They blew my previous fave – scampi fries – right out of the water!! The best discovery of our trip. The Dutchie and I are now obsessed. We bought 8 bags to take home with us and have since ordered more online!!¬†Wooei… I can’t talk about these bad boys enough!)

2nd Wedding of the trip, near Milton Keynes

Indigo Images

Photo credit: Indigo Images

One of my best friends from University tied the knot. Another beautiful day and the perfect end to our trip!

The Travelling Gin Co.

They had a gin bike… (The Travelling Gin Co.) as if we hadn’t had enough gin that week ūüėČ and an Oyster Meister. Dangerous and delicious.

Oyster Meister

Conclusion: I love England but I don’t miss it. I only miss my friends, family and English pubs.

Have you been to England? What were the highlights of your visit?

Hayley x

How to be English (or Weird Stuff English People Do)

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© THOR / Creative Commons / Attribution 2.0 Generic

Happy New Year! Let’s kick off 2015 by poking fun at English people! Yep… I¬†don’t only joke about Dutch idiosyncrasies… English people are pretty bloody weird as well! I should know…

Recently, I read two articles¬†about being British by two Dutch bloggers. Now as much as I agree with many of their points and found myself laughing and nodding along… I thought seeing as I’m actually English, I’d like to stick my two pennies worth in…

Oh and as I’ve never been to Wales, Scotland or Ireland (shameful, I know!!) I’m not talking about being British here. I’m gonna stick to what I know… How to be English.

1. Be polite

If I had to guess the most frequently used words in England, I’d go for sorry, please and thank you. We say sorry ALL THE TIME… even when it’s not our fault!

2. Drink tea

We fucking LOVE tea. I only drink one cup a day, but I’m a freak. We’re the 3rd biggest tea drinking nation in the world, after Turkey and Ireland (source). English people think that tea solves everything… and it kinda does. Heartbroken? Tea. Lost your job? Tea. Mother-in-law coming over unannounced? Tea.

Oh… and when we say tea, we mean with milk.¬†I’ve upset many a Dutch person by putting milk in their tea. In England – it’s standard. So if you’d like it zonder melk ¬†you’ll need to specify. And yes, you will get a funny look.

Proper English tea and toast... with marmite!

Proper English tea and toast… with marmite!

3. Queue

Yup, we love that too. Well, we don’t actually love it… but refer back to point 1. We’re so polite, the thought¬†of taking someone else’s turn or pushing in terrifies us!

4. Talk about the weather

Because there’s not a lot else to make small talk about… and the weather is always¬†so shit. I find that Dutch people talk a lot about the weather too, but they just take it a step further than us with the phrase “kut weer”. Yep, it translates to cunt weather.

5. Call people love or darling

Or sweetheart, treacle, pet… whatever takes your fancy. It can also vary depending on whereabouts you are in England.¬†“Alwight, luv?” is pretty commonly used throughout. (These greetings are not intended to be offensive or sexist by the way – just friendly – though they are often¬†perceived that way.)

6. Eat Baked Beans & Marmite (sometimes even together!!)

A staggering 1.5 million cans of Heinz Beanz are sold every day in the UK (source) and the United Kingdom eats more cans of baked beans than the rest of the world combined (source). Jeez, Louise!

Marmite… the light of my life!¬†It’s slogan, ‘Love it or hate it’ is perfect for us because we love to love stuff as much as we love to hate stuff. We love complaining, we do.

7. Eat traditional English cuisine grub

See point 6 ūüėČ We English get a very bad rep for our food, but we’ve come a long way in recent years. You only have to look at programmes like Masterchef UK to see that we’re producing some bloody good food these days!

That said, it’s also important to know the classic and traditional dishes… So if you haven’t tried them yet, here’s your checklist: Full English Breakfast, Bangers and Mash, Shepherds/Cottage Pie, Sunday Roast Dinner, Pie & Mash, Ploughman’s Lunch, Toad in the Hole (nothing to do with toads!!) and Fish and Chips. You’re welcome.

8. Know what Yorkshire puddings are

A sweet treat from Yorkshire? Nope. Batter poured into pre-heated cake tins, cooked in the oven and served with a traditional Sunday roast dinner. About as savoury as they come. (Image source.)

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© robbie jim / Creative Commons / Attribution 2.0 Generic

9. Learn the pub culture

And by this I am talking about actual pubs… not pubbing/clubbing… I’m way too old for that shit! I’m talking about taking a nice stroll to your local pub on a Sunday afternoon, with the dog – if you have one – and sitting in the sun (ok, mild drizzle under a pub umbrella) or by the roaring fire in the winter. If you’re in a rural town, bonus points for spotting the elderly local gentleman with his flat cap, newspaper and pint of ale… which takes him about 3 hours to drink.

Going to the pub in the daytime is about having a walk, getting some fresh air and socialising… not about getting hammered. We save that for the evening.

10. Avoid pork scratchings

You’ll thank me for this one! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Just ew. Especially when you find one with hair still attached. Step away from the pork scratchings.

11. Party etiquette

In short: bring your own booze.

English party food in a nutshell… it’ll probably be a buffet: sandwiches cut into triangles – especially weird – cucumber sandwiches, cheese and pineapple, vol-au-vents (yes, it’s a French word, but no English person says vols-au-vent), mini cocktail sausages, sausage rolls. Or if it’s a kids party you’ll be treated to the 70’s delicacy which is still going strong: jelly and ice cream.

12. Say “lovely” a lot

Even when you don’t mean it. Also, fine does not mean fine. You have been warned. If someone says they’re fine, they are massively pissed at you.

13. Wear whatever you like, whatever the weather

English people don’t dress for the weather. Especially the young’uns. A 20-something going clubbing won’t look out the window and think “oh, it’s a bit cold for a short skirts and high heels tonight” even if it’s freezing winter. They’ll just go out in a top, skirt and heels and wear their ‘beer bacardi breezer jacket’ instead. I should know, I only stopped doing it 3 years ago ūüėČ

14. Be bad at languages

We’re notorious for it… and it’s true. I was in Spain last week and The Dutchie and I learnt¬†the basics so we could at least order a drink in Spanish and be polite.¬†I was a bit ashamed when every other English person I heard did the classic English tourist thing: speaking LOUDER and SLOWER.

Yeah, that’ll make Spanish people suddenly understand English. *Facepalm*.

15. Know that ‘public schools’¬†are actually private schools

Makes total sense, right? I know… we’re weirdos.

16. Understand our sense of humour

This basically¬†means balancing sarcasm and self-deprecation along with deadpan delivery.¬†They don’t call it dry wit for nothing.

Oh, and don’t forget innuendo and satire!¬†Still don’t get it? Try this¬†Buzzfeed article.

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17. Panic and stay at home if it snows

Fact: we cannot cope with snow. When it snows the whole country comes to a standstill.

18. Talk about Europe as if you’re not in it

Phrases I have actually heard English people say: “He has a really European haircut!”, “That cardigan you’re wearing makes you look so European!”, “I’d love to go to Europe”.

19. Be obsessed by Downton Abbey

Ok, this is only for the chicks, but it’s still a very important fact of being English. It’s what Sundays on ITV at 9pm were made for…

20. Have no idea why Boxing Day is called Boxing Day

*Quickly checks wikipedia*

So… you lot are good are telling me what I missed. So, what’d I miss?? What other weird stuff do English people do?

Hayley x

Ps РSpecial thanks to Explorista.nl and Anna Naomi Blogs for planting the seed for this post.

Brighton: My favourite place in the UK

If I wasn’t getting married in Holland, I’d definitely choose Brighton as my wedding location. My love affair with this magnificent city began¬†in 2001, when I moved there from Southampton to start university. Best decision I ever made.

So, why do I love Brighton?

1. It’s quirky. Really, really quirky.¬†Like your older brother who rebels, gets a leather jacket, a Mohawk and¬†starts a punk band. One of my top places to visit is the Prince Albert, a 2 minute walk from the train station. From the front, it just looks like a “normal” pub, but check out the art on the side wall. Simply stunning! The bar itself is extremely studenty… so don’t expect much glamour (actually – none), but sit outside and enjoy the art!!

The Prince Albert, Brighton

The Prince Albert, Brighton

Eagle-eyes will have spotted a little Banksy here… it’s actually a replica as the original Kissing Coppers (dating from 2004) was removed and sold to a US gallery in 2011. This iconic image has become one of Banky’s most famous street works.

Banksy, The Prince Albert, Brighton

Banksy, The Prince Albert, Brighton

2. The Beach. Or the bi-atch as I like to call it.¬†Who doesn’t love a good beach? Yeah, yeah… it’s stone not sand, but it still looks awesome!

West Pier, Brighton

West Pier, Brighton

3. Moshimo.¬†(Formerly Moshi Moshi.) Without a doubt, this is my (and our) favourite restaurant… EVER. We’ve tried countless Japanese restaurants over the past 5 years… none as good. The conveyor belt is a genius idea and this restaurant makes me smile every time! Tip: Brighton Town Hall (dating from 1830) is directly opposite the restaurant.

Moshimo, Brighton

Moshimo, Brighton

4. The Royal Pavilion is a marvel to look at… especially by night when it’s lit like a Christmas tree! A¬†former Royal residence, it is now owned by Brighton & Hove City Council¬†and gets¬†around¬†400,000 visitors each¬†year.

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

¬†5. The Pier.¬†(Brighton Marine Palace and Pier, shortened to Palace Pier and now just Brighton Pier!!)¬†It’s a wonderful thing. Candy floss, fish & chips, arcades, fairground rides… nostalgic and fun. A grade II listed building since 1971. No trip to Brighton should be without a stroll down the promenade!

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

6. The Brighton Wheel. Marketed as “Brighton’s latest and greatest attraction”. There’s no doubt it’s great for tourists, I’ve never actually been on it… but even I have to admit, it does look cool. A great addition to Brighton’s skyline.

Brighton Wheel

Brighton Wheel

7. “Kiss¬†Wall”.¬†One of my favourite sculptures ever. ¬†As you walk past and look out to sea, the light shines behind the column and the images become clear: 6 couples kissing. Different ages and genders but all displaying one thing:¬†love.¬†The statue “illustrates the diversity of Brighton’s population, celebrating equality, understanding and acceptance between all individuals.” (Brighton & Hove)

Kissing Wall, Brighton

Kissing Wall, Brighton

8. The Bandstand. First opened in 1884, it was restored to its former glory in 2009 and is now a popular wedding ceremony venue. I totally get it!! ¬†I would love to have wedding photos here. It’s “considered to be one of the finest examples of a Victorian bandstand still surviving in England today.” (Brighton & Hove)¬†Could not agree more. So beautiful!

The Bandstand, Brighton

The Bandstand, Brighton

9. More quirkiness. What looks like street art, actually has a hidden agenda. How very Brighton. Here Here¬†is a “Biosphere project” for Brighton &¬†Lewes¬†Downs (covering almost 400 square kilometres of land and sea between the River Adur and the River Ouse) and aims to “look after and improve our local environment, whilst at the same time developing ourselves in a sustainable way.”

Street Art, Brighton

Street Art, Brighton

10. Change.¬†The thing I most love about Brighton is that it isn’t afraid of change. It’s constantly evolving, updating, improving. Every time I visit, something is different, new. That’s an exciting prospect! Now I live in Holland, it’s going to be more difficult to visit my favourite seaside town… but I like a challenge! ūüėČ

What’s your favourite UK destination?

Hayley x