Sightseeing in Apeldoorn with my friend Lia

Sightseeing in ApeldoornOnce a year my friend Lia and I go away on a long weekend. Funded by my husband Ron as my birthday present. He knows how much I enjoy spending time with her so he provides the means (love him). We have been to Paris (twice), London, Rome, Milan, Copenhagen, Barcelona and this time we went sightseeing in Apeldoorn. Due to an illness Lia has overcome but it still recovering from, we didn’t want to go abroad this time. A trip to the east of our country, into the woods seemed a good idea.

We arrived at our hotel (named Zenzez) which was adorable. Their site gives you a slow photo impression. We were treated like family (but with more respect  😉 ). I give them 10 out of 10. A good start. See the pictures we took in their garden belowSightseeing in Apeldoorn hotel Zenzez

Below: Lia. Believe it or not, she is only half a year younger than me and hasn’t got a grey hair. This colour -and thickness- of her hair, is all her own.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: the next photo is blurry but it made me smile… This is what I had on when we arrived.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

To get us relaxed we started with a back massage for the both of us at a salon. And afterwards headed into town.

Below: passing a lovely park.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: passing a dozen beautiful villas like this one. In The Netherlands, where space/land is very limited, such a detached house in an immaculate state, is very desirable and expensive.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: right! Arrived in the centre of town at Kaldi (see interior photos) for coffee. Cappuccino for Lia and iced coffee for me, which were both delicious. We experienced immediately how much more relaxed the people are here. Friendly, relaxed and witty.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: I had changed my sweater for a shirt as the temperature was rising. Sun was shining brightly and I was cheerful. Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: coffeebreak turned into lounging on a terrace:Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: where we saw this solex carburetter, a thing of the past, but in such a good state we thought it must have been a remake. Especially because it also worked. Ron has two oldies of these and they never work properly.Apeldoorn with Lia-9

Below: snapshot of the old townhall.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: what comes after terrace lounging? Right… dinner. At restaurant Poppe. Gosh that was good! The food was excellent, the service so warm, witty and friendly. A terrific spot. We were able to sit in the garden.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Sightseeing in Apeldoorn restaurant Poppe

Sightseeing Apeldoorn

Saturday started with rain so a museum seemed a good idea. Off to the Kröller Müller Museum which is one of the best in The Netherlands. Only I wanted to see the country residence Saint Hubertus (5 kilometers further). As I came ill prepared (as in NOT), we landed at the museum and didn’t get to see all the marvellous architecture of the Saint Hubertus. Instead …Van Gogh paintings. Oh well.. not bad haha. By the time we left the museum the sun was out again and I didn’t want to spend more time indoors, so no Saint Hubertus. After a lazy, magazine reading afternoon on a terrace overlooking meadows and trees (we are getting old), we drove back to town.

Below: through the park: photo opportunity!!Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: Lia in a long asymmetric dress. Of course I didn’t have a dress with me. You know me and dresses. Never even crossed my mind.sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: we found this terrace in the middle of town. The pink cushions on the bench at the front were tempting.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: the bench and the beer were best. Sightseeing in Apeldoorn

Below: Sunday morning breakfast in the garden of the Zenzez hotel. Homemade yoghurt, smoothie.. Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Zenzez hotel

Below: then walking to Palace Het Loo, a destination usually frequented by pensioners. When I made that remark, Lia reminded me we were only a couple of years away from being pensioners ourselves. The truth can be hard. 😆 Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Be prepared to see quite a lot of photos of Palace Het Loo (lots of information about the palace and the garden here). If you are not interested, just skip them and go to the end of this post.

Below: right… who have we here? It is our queen mother (Juliana) as a child in the middle with her mother Wilhelmina and father Hendrik. They were dressed up in 17 century clothes as this painting was made at the beginning of the last century. (Juliana was born 1909.)  Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: bed and desk of one of the kings in the old days. Sorry, like always I wasn’t paying much attention. King Willem I, King Willem II, King Willem III… whatever. I thought the rooms were small, overcrowded with furniture, tapistry, adornments and busy wallpaper (often leather) and had very little light, often coming from only one side of the room. Of course at the time the castle was built you didn’t want big rooms with big windows as it must have been hard to heat the place. And of course taste changes over the years. I just couldn’t put my 2016-taste aside and admire it all. I am a culture savage.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: Lia made a Rembrandt photo of me with a wall painting in a hallway of Het Loo. See the play of dark and light? Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: that spot was perfect for “Rembrandt photos”.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: there were a lot of children’s clothes on display. All white. I loved this one. Sightseeing Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: framed in an arch. Sightseeing Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: wearing my French Sole ballerinas which I bought in London after attending the 3040+ Blogger Meet. Pastel pink. I thought they were bloody expensive but I have to say, they are very good.Signtseeing in Apeldoorn. French Soles ballerinas

Below: four pictures of the garden of Palace Het Loo. The King tried to outdo Versailles. First picture shows the left side of the garden, then middle and then the right side. Last picture of the fountain in the centre. Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Sightseeing Apeldoorn Het Loo

Below: when Lia saw the globe she immediately wanted to pose as if she carried it on her back. I think we took about 10 photos. All failing to achieve this result but it had us doubled up with laughter.Sightseeing in Apeldoorn Het Loo

Next week you are going to see my “makedown”. In other words what I look like if I don’t lend nature a hand.


No Fear of Fashion





  1. 28 August 2016 / 17:49

    First (because you know it’s impossible for me to only say one thing–ha ha), what an enjoyable life you lead Greetje….you have so many girlfriends with which you certainly enjoy life!! It’s such a joy to see your antics and life on the other side of the globe!! Trying to put the globe on your back make me giggle—we are kids at heart, eh?
    Second…I had to totally read that last sentence three times, but now I get it! Are you showing us some new makeup? Techniques? Skin care? Did I tell you I’m not a fan of surprises…..:)
    I love how you two get so cultural—there is so much history to soak up, and it is amazing how different times were back then!
    And it wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t at least make one comment about clothing! That print blouse is becoming one of my absolute faves!! The colors are so enchanting — and it will go with everything!!
    Happy Sunday and thanks for the wonderful touring!!

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 21:43

      I love your elaborate comments. Keep them coming. Yes I live an ejoyable life for sure. I count my blessings which are many. For the surprise (sorry) you will have to wait until next week. Putting my print blouse on tomorrow again as the weather is getting really summery.

  2. 28 August 2016 / 18:40

    Looks & sounds like a fabulous getaway! How nice that you and Lia get away together every year!

    I especially love the blurry pic of you – it’s so you, well the sense I’ve been getting of you via your blog!

    I love the windowpane shirt! I almost bought a very similar one but then decided to be “good.” Now I’m really sad I didn’t get it… Well, I’m sure one can be found somewhere… 😉 And the ballerinas are fabulous! Since I can’t wear heels, I’m always on the hunt for cute flats…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 21:45

      Yes, I loved that blurry picture too. And yes this is me. If my colleagues have to describe me, they will always say: “you know the one, she always laughs, loud, hard and often”.
      I often decide to be “good”. As I did with that lime duster coat. Well.. we all know how that ended haha.
      The ballerina’s are so good that I am tempted to buy a pair of black ones too…. But I am skinned again…

  3. Paula
    28 August 2016 / 20:39

    Thanks for sharing your weekend get-a-way! It certainly looked as if you both enjoyed yourselves and I certainly enjoyed your photos.
    You both looked great by the way 🙂

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 21:52

      Thank you very much Paula. Lia and I know each other since we were 16. Going back a long way. She was always the pretty one of us. Often when we went out, Lia started with her hair in a ponytail and glasses on. Then, when we arrived in a bar or café, she would say: “I am going to the bathroom to put my contact lenses in”. Came back and had her hair loose too. …. She was such a stunner, I could just as well not have been there as far as the guys were concerned haha. It never bothered us and it never was an issue. She is so sweet and kind. Not one rotten bone in her.

  4. 28 August 2016 / 20:46

    Another marvelous example of “effortless” yet stylish dressing, and so suitable for the occasion(s)…I have become a devoted follower and pin many of your selections as inspiration for my own “closet collections”.

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 21:54

      Oh how nice of you to say that (and even nicer to read it). I never consider myself to be an example or a stylist. So if you like what I come up with, you make me really proud of myself.

  5. Margot Priest
    28 August 2016 / 21:46

    What a lovely tradition and how nice to have a husband who understands the importance of friendship. Now you’ve shown me another town in the Netherlands I want to visit–and, of course, I want the same hotel! It looks so friendly and comfortable in all the best ways. Take care, Margot

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 21:57

      Oh yes, we were lucky to find this place. You have the link, so you can browse through the photos yourself. I wasn’t paid or anything for what I said. It is just a very good hotel. Apeldoorn is in the east of The Netherlands, far away from the hectic “West”. But there are perfect places to visit all over the country. Which reminds me, I should visit Maastricht again.
      And I was also lucky to find my husband way back haha.

  6. 28 August 2016 / 22:53

    Lovely report of this special weekend. Lia looks so much fun to be around and stylish too. I love how you 2 just relax and talk and have a drink. In the end that’s the most important part of having a weekend with a special friend. You lasted at the Loo remarkably long (judging by the amount of pictures you share!)

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 21:59

      The Loo is like Ikea Sylvia, you follow a certain path and it is not easy to get out haha. And now that we were there, might as well make the best of it. It was interesting enough. Especially the garden.

  7. 29 August 2016 / 00:32

    What a comprehensive feature Greetje. I loved all of the photos of those gardens and fountains – looks like a beautiful place to visit. You girls certainly did fit lots in to your trip. Time with friends is invaluable in these days of rush, rush, rush. I notice how good you are at dedicating time to friendships and think that’s one of the difference between those of us who have children and those who don’t. Children, even the grown up type still take up time, in the nicest possible way, and eventually become very good friends who we then chose to spend time with in favour of friends. I try to keep a good balance between the two. I can’t wait to see your big reveal next week – sounds very brave of you!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:02

      Believe me, next week is going to be brave haha.
      And yes, as you know I have to spend less time commenting on other blogs in favour of real life. Which pains me, but a friendship like I have with Lia (for 46 years), is too precious to neglect.
      Nevertheless, children have their own special love to give. Just different.

  8. 29 August 2016 / 06:00

    Great post. I like how happy you look in the photos (especially the blurry one). Your shirts are stylish.

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:03

      I am basically a very happy person. Who wouldn’t be with such a blessed life? Thank you for the fashion compliments. Knowing I will report my trips on the blog, makes me think twice about what to wear haha.

  9. 29 August 2016 / 06:23

    My word what a treasure of photos to see! Happy Birthday Greetje! It seems we were both dancing in the street this week!
    Love all of your clothes and your friend’s style, too, and her gorgeous long hair!
    My favorite photo of you in when you are inset in the brick..lovely,
    also with Rembrandt!
    What a lovely place to stay. I am taking my daughter to a country inn for a few quiet days, i hope it resembles this even a little bit!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:05

      Thanks Elle. My birthday was in April, but we always spend the birthday money in June (nicer weather). I hope you will have a lovely time with your daughter. Having seen some of your get-aways, I am sure it will be.

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:06

      You always surprise me with compliments like this. Getting compliments from a professional image consulant is something else haha. Never thought I would ever get that.

  10. 29 August 2016 / 15:24

    You manage to get away with girlfriends regularly. How lucky you are!

    Looks like you had a marvellous relaxing trip.

    I adore the pointy toe ballet shoes. If only my feet would allow me to wear flat shoes.

    Cannot wait to see your next post!


    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:10

      Getting together with friends is the best way to spend my free time as far as I am concerned. Which is why I am not interested in holidays to far and unknown places. Because I (usually) have no friends there. The trip to Vancouver was a lovely exception to that.
      And yes I am very lucky. And realizing it.
      The ballerinas are so good, I am thinking of ordering them in black….. For next summer. You should really invest in the block heels of this season.

  11. 29 August 2016 / 18:05

    Love your outfit. Why did they do a painting in the 17th century clothes when they lived in the 20th? I don’t get the point.

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:12

      Hahaha Nicole, I have no idea. Perhaps they thought it would fit right in? That modern clothing would detonate in that “old” environment? No idea.
      I never realized that the clothing was not of their era, until I googled more information about the painting.

  12. 29 August 2016 / 20:28

    Looks like such a fun time! The gardens at the Palace Het Loo are my kind of thing. I really like that windowpane blouse, looks modern and polished but comfortable too.

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:14

      You are right in everything. The gardens in Versailles will have fulfilled your lust for such gardens, I am sure. The windowpane blouse was a lucky find while Lia was getting her massage and I had to spend 45 minutes on my own… Never let me loose in a town with shops.

  13. 29 August 2016 / 21:34

    Looks like a fun trip, and you both look so happy. Thanks for this great report.

    • Greetje
      29 August 2016 / 22:15

      Glad you enjoyed it Tiina. I always hope nobody gets bored with these weekend reports of mine….

  14. 29 August 2016 / 22:19

    Looks like you two had a blast! A girly weekend is something we all need from time to time to let off steam 😉 I love seeing all your outfits…I’ve been tempted to buy some French Sole ballerinas but thought they were a bit pricey. I’ve seen them heavily discounted on flash sale sites such as Secret Sales and Brand Alley. I can’t wear really flat shoes now because I’ve got plantar fasciitis :-/ Looking forward to your next post xxx


    • Greetje
      30 August 2016 / 09:38

      In that case I would say invest in low block heels instead of really flat shoes. Which French Sole ballerinas are. I will check the sites you mentioned as I want similar ones in black and those are still pricey on the French Sole site.

  15. Rebecca
    29 August 2016 / 23:07

    You are absolutely priceless, Greetje. I love your style and process of creation but most of all your sense of humor and fun. There is a reason you have scads of friends and I admire you from afar (New York City).

    • Greetje
      30 August 2016 / 09:40

      Wow Rebecca, those are huge compliments. Don’t know whether it is all true, but I will gladly play along hahaha. Thank you very much.

  16. 30 August 2016 / 00:15

    I live vicariously through you 🙂

    • Greetje
      30 August 2016 / 09:36

      Which is a change in my blog goal, isn’t it? But don’t fear, my OOTD will always be the leading item in a post. Love it too much to let that go.

  17. Marianne van den Berg
    30 August 2016 / 16:01

    Great post Greetje. You are my eyes nowadays, the best way to see my country. Gosh do we have nice places and a lot of history. I think you outfits were just good for this occasion. I knew your Ralph Lauren blouse but I like the white one as well . Your ballerinas look very comfortable. It looks like you had a great time again. I am very curious about next week.

    • Greetje
      31 August 2016 / 07:39

      I was thinking of postponing next week’s post in favour of some Italy pictures, but I made everybody so curious, I cannot do that haha. Thanks for all the compliments.

  18. mieke
    1 September 2016 / 02:57

    I love the Kroller- Muller museum! Het Loo, I remember my father (who is Dutch) making lots of silly remarks when we visited. What a fun you two must have had. My husband is super sweet about my going away with my sister once a year to Santa Fe.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2016 / 07:16

      I am glad I could give you some good things to remember. And yes, I always have good fun when I am with my friends. They are the salt of the earth.

  19. 1 September 2016 / 17:48

    What a delightful place to visit! The royal residences are really interesting places!! I The garden reminds me the one where we had lunch on Saturday…
    t’s nice to see you and Lia together…a kiss to you two!!

    • Greetje
      2 September 2016 / 07:18

      Different place, different friend, but the same fun. I feel very blessed.

  20. 2 September 2016 / 21:14

    I love your girlfriend-getaway posts… I always feel like I am right there watching all the action! I’m so glad you and Lia could get away together this year, and it is always nice to explore your own country and see new sides of it, isn’t it? I adore the photo of you in the archway, and the Rembrandt style one too. As usual, you make me giggle reading your post, and I love the scenery and descriptions. I’m looking forward to your next adventure. xx

    • Greetje
      3 September 2016 / 08:07

      That is really something, getting such compliments from you as you write so well. And English is not my native language which is always a drawback. I cannot express myself as eloquently as I would like too. So thank you very much. Do come back Sunday, early evening ?.

  21. 3 September 2016 / 23:14

    Just added another place to my must visit list! The town looks absolutely charming!

    Do I get points for noticing your glass of beer in the shot where coffee turned into lounging, LOL?

    I liked seeing the variety of outfits that you took with you Greetje! You look comfortable, yet stylish…and I do love, LOVE, those ballerina shoes!

    • Greetje
      4 September 2016 / 08:01

      I was quite pleased with myself for taking that shot with the beer glass. So thank you for noticing: 10 points. The ballerinas are so comfortable that I am tempted to buy a pair of black ones too. But as usual in September I overspent on winter clothes…

  22. Laura
    11 March 2018 / 19:51

    Gracias por compartir tan bellos momentos y lugares que visitaron por eso me gusta mucho tu blog lo haces muy interesante felicidades . Soy mexicana yno conozco esos lugares.

    • Greetje
      11 March 2018 / 20:49

      The comment you gave on this post Laura is a town called Apeldoorn… quite a long way away from Amsterdam. Just so you know.

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