Category: Netherlands

Unterwegs im Auftrag Liebe

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Meine aktuelle Reise führt mich nach S’Gravenzande, denn dort habe ich meine erste Strandhochzeit besucht, auf die ich schon sehr gespannt gewesen bin. Da es von Köln nach Holland nicht so weit ist, habe ich mir gedacht, dass ich mir die 3 sonnigen Stunden mit einem Cabrio spontan verschönern könnte. Wie? Mit Drivy!

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My current trip takes me to S’Gravenzande because I visited my first beach wedding, which I have been very curious about. Since it is not so far from Cologne to Holland, I thought that I could spoil the 3 sunny hours with a convertible spontaneously. How? With Drivy!

Über die App habe ich mir ein Auto in meinem Umkreis ausgesucht, auf die Bestätigung gewartet und kurze Zeit später habe ich es schon abgeholt. Ich bin total begeistert, wie schnell der Vermieter und der Mieter die Vermietung über die App abschließen können. Und das alles ganz ohne Papier! Der Zustand des Autos ist bestens in der App dokumentiert, so dass es nicht zu Schwierigkeiten kommen kann, wenn ich das Auto zurück bringe. Allerdings habe ich schnell gemerkt, dass sowohl dem Mieter als auch dem Vermieter nichts passieren kann, da man auch eine Versicherung inklusive hat und man somit gegen sämtliche Risiken abgedeckt ist. Aus diesem Grund überlege ich schon, ob ich nicht auch mein Auto zur Vermietung anbiete, wenn ich es nicht benötige, weil ich gerade mal wieder unterwegs bin. So kann ich mühelos etwas dazu verdienen.

About the app, I’ve chosen a car in my area, waiting for the confirmation, and a short while later, I already picked it up. I am totally amazed about how quickly the renter and the tenant can complete the rental through the app. All this without paper! The state of the car is well documented in the app so that it cannot be difficult to get the car back. . For this reason, I wonder if I can even offer my car for renting if I do not need it because I’m traveling quite often; this way I can effortlessly earn some money.

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Nachdem ich das Auto am Freitag abgeholt habe, bin ich auch schon über die Autobahn nach Holland losgefahren. Mit offenem Verdeck habe ich reichlich Sonne tanken können und der Spaßfaktor ist auch nicht zu kurz gekommen. Der Mietpreis für das Cabrio liegt bei 207€, da ich 900 km inklusive gebucht habe. Der Preis richtet sich natürlich nach der Kilometeranzahl, die man benötigt. Bei Drivy gibt es eine Aktion, bei der eingeladene Freunde 10€ Rabatt auf ihre erste Anmietung erhalten. Sobald diese erste Anmietung vollzogen ist, erhält der „Einlader“ eine Gutschrift über 10€.

After I picked up the car on Friday, I went over the motorway to Holland. With an open top, I could fill up plenty of sun, and the fun factor was not too short. The rental price for the convertible is 207 € since I booked 900 km inclusive. The price depends on the number of kilometers you need. At Drivy, there is an action and  invited friends receive 10 € discounts on their first rental. Once this initial rental is completed, the “Invader” receives a credit of 10 €.

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Nach drei Stunden Fahrt bin ich in Holland angekommen und das Hochzeitswochenende ist auch schon direkt losgegangen. Ich bin ziemlich erstaunt, was die Feierlichkeit anging. Die Brautzeugin hat wirklich alles bis ins letzte Detail mit organisiert. Ich habe selten solch eine tolle Hochzeit gesehen. Das Brautpaar hat sichtlich den schönsten Tag in seinem Leben gehabt und die Braut ist bildhübsch anzusehen gewesen.

After three hours drive, I arrived in Holland and the wedding weekend was already underway. I am quite amazed at the ceremony. The bride has really organized everything down to the last detail. I have rarely seen such a great wedding. The bride and groom obviously had the most beautiful day, and the bride was beautiful.

Die Location könnte genauso gut aus einem Bilderbuch stammen. Die himmlische Atmosphäre ist wahrhaftig passend für eine Strandhochzeit. Ich finde hierfür kaum passende Worte, was jedoch nicht so schlimm ist, da ich viele Bilder gemacht habe.

The location could just as well come from a picture book. The heavenly atmosphere is truly appropriate for a beach wedding. I can hardly find any suitable words for this, which is not so bad since I have made many pictures.

Ein reichliches und wahrlich superleckeres Essen hat uns zwischen jeder Menge Spaß, die wir während der Veranstaltung genießen konnten, erwartet. Die Nacht war dadurch ziemlich lang, aber jede Minute wert.

A plentiful and truly super delicious food was waiting for us between a lot of fun that we could enjoy during the event. The night was quite long but worth every minute.

Am nächsten Morgen ging es zum Frühstück wieder direkt an den Strand. Im Habana Beach habe ich mich bei einem superleckeren Frühstück gestärkt. Meine Entscheidung fiel auf Pancakes mit einer Himbeersauce und Heidelbeeren, außerdem hatte ich eine Frühstücksplatte mit Käse, Wurst, Brot, Butter, Marmelade und natürlich De Ruijters – meine Lieblingsschokostreusel – geordert. Diese riesige und leckere Frühstücksplätte kostet auch nur 7,50 €. Dazu darf frischer Pfefferminztee, O-Saft und Kaffee natürlich nicht fehlen.

The next morning, we went back to the beach for breakfast. In Habana Beach, I have a super delicious breakfast. My decision fell on pancakes with a raspberry sauce and blueberries, and I had ordered a breakfast plate of cheese, sausage, bread, butter, jam, and of course, De Ruijters – my favorite chocolate truffle. This huge and tasty breakfast area also costs only 7.50 €. Fresh peppermint tea, O-juice, and coffee can not be missed.

Nach dem vollbepackten Wochenende voller Liebe ging es für mich auch schon wieder mit einem tränenden Auge zurück nach Hause. Mit meinem Drivy Auto konnte ich mich an der frischen Luft während der Rückfahrt erholen, bevor ich es dem Besitzer wieder aushändigen musste.

After the packed weekend full of love, I went back home with a tearful eye. With my Drivy car, I could relax in the fresh air during the return journey before I had to hand it over to the owner again.

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TOP activities in Amsterdam – Must do’s!

Amsterdam

Canal Cruise

I met such nice people on my cruise with Rederij Paping! The cruise felt like a picnic with friends. Everyone can bring their own food and drinks, and sit together around a table. Paap, the captain, made us feel very welcomed on his boat, and gave us blankets so that we did not freeze during the tour. His guided tour through the magnificent canals of Amsterdam was like a story telling, and the 90 minutes passed so quickly that I was sad when I had to leave the boat. Paap, who is a local, could answer every question about Amsterdam. He did not just show us the center of Amsterdam, but also the wonderful surroundings of Amsterdam. He also offers private tours, and an Amsterdam Light Festival cruise. A cruise with Rederij Paping should definitely be on your list when you visit Amsterdam!

If you want to be your own Capatin, and explore Amsterdam’s canals on your own, rent one of Sloepdelen’s electric boats. It is so easy to rent them, just book the boat online, start the boat with your smartphone and discover Amsterdam yourself! You don’t need a boating license and the boats are for up to 12 persons. It is not that difficult to drive the electric boat but you should feel comfortable enough to do it on your own.

Bike tour

Feel like a local and explore Amsterdam on a bike. Honestly, this was one of the most fun activities I have done. You will see so much of Amsterdam in just two hours and the bikes from Yellow Bike are so comfy and easy to ride! Amsterdam is a bicycle city for sure!

Yellow Bike Amsterdam

Red Light District Tour

A totally different tour compared to the other tours is the Red Light District tour, offered by 360 Amsterdam. Before you start the tour, you are welcomed with a typical Dutch tasting to feel ready for the tour. During the 1,5 hour walking tour , you will see the beautiful ladies working behind the windows, Amsterdam’s night scene and sex clubs. The Red Light District tour will be in Amsterdam’s oldest area. You will learn things about Amsterdam, which you have never heard before!

Shopping

Like every city, Amsterdam has Zara, H&M and so on. If you want to see small individual shops, go to the following streets: Reestr., Hartenstr., Berenstr., Wolvenstr., Runstr. and Huidenstr. .
Don’t worry if you don’t see dozens shops at first sight. They are spread all along the streets. These unique shops sell clothes, accessories, art, gifts, furniture and beautiful flowers. In between you will see several small cafes and restaurants, which are worth visiting, too! Winkel 43 for example has the best apple pie with cream!

Food

Don’t forget to visit one of Amsterdam’s supermarkets. I went to a supermarket called, Marqt! It is a total new experience with all the local products. I bought chocolate sprinkles as a souvenir for my brothers.

Marqt Amsterdam Supermarket

Foodhallen is an indoor food market with different types of restaurants. Whether you like to eat Italian, French or Asian food,  everything is there. I ate a burger with chips and drank a cider. It was so delicious!  Foodhallen just opened a year ago.

Puccini Bomboni sells the best chocolate in town (but also the most expensive).

Flower Market

Those who love flowers, you have to visit the flower market. You will find so many types of flower bulbs, which you can buy for your garden at home.

Westerkerk Tower

See Amsterdam from above and enjoy the gigantic view for only 7,50€!

 

Have you already met Mr. Jordaan in Amsterdam? If not, have a look!

Mr Jordaan Hotel Amsterdam Breakfast

It took me only 10 minutes by tram to get to the most beautiful neighborhood, Jordaan, in Amsterdam. After a 4 minute walk across quaint little bridges and canals, I arrived at the hotel, Mr. Jordaan. Why it’s called Mr. Jordaan? In honor of the hotel’s pre-owner who knew everything about the neighborhood Jordaan and passed his knowledge to today’s employees.

Mr Jordaan Hotel Amsterdam

1st impression of Mr. Jordaan

When I was in front of Mr. Jordaan, I did not expect that the marvelous canal house was a hotel. Entering in the world of Mr. Jordaan, I was impressed by the interior design. Mr. Jordaan did not look like a typical hotel, it looked like a home. The staff treated me like a member of the Jordaan family. Behind every wall is a little treasure so that you can explore the hotel during the stay and get surprised every day.

The room

Well… What should I say… It is difficult to describe if you have not been there… Have you ever felt so amazed that it is difficult to put that experience into words? That’s why I recorded my room in the penthouse suite with a stunning view above the neighborhood. The room was not very big but all in one it was very comfortable, exciting, quiet, lovely, modern, different and fascinating. You will see that the interior designer paid so much attention into detail that there is nothing to complain about! See more in the video and images below.

Perks

As if it is not enough to live in such a wonderful place, you also have water, tee and all types of coffee for free during your whole stay! Furthermore, you get two plastic bottles to refill your water whenever you want and you find “to go” cups next to the coffee machine. The WIFI works very well at the hotel so if you are on a business trip or addicted to the internet, you do not have to worry about it! Additionally, the hotel provides a 24/7 Whatsapp service. So wherever you are or whatever you need, just text them and they will help you. On my way out, I saw that Mr. Jordaan offers tours or bikes for an affordable price. For those, who want to read more about Amsterdam, feel free to use the travel magazine in your room.

Breakfast

Depending on what rate you book, you have breakfast already included. If not, you have the option to book it one day in advance and get a discount of 2,50€. If you have not booked it in advance you will pay 17,50€ for the breakfast. I really liked the breakfast because it has everything that I like such as boiled eggs, muesli, fruits, yoghurt, cheese, ham, salmon, jam, Nutella, bread, croissants and chocolate sprinkles. But I read that vegans could not really find something for breakfast and some expected a larger selection for the price.  Try it yourself! You will not be disappointed! It is very tasty and if it is not your thing, you could still go to one of the dozens cafes around the hotel.

Mr Jordaan Hotel Amsterdam Breakfast

Location

You will not find any better location than this one. It is just a one-minute walk away from the famous Anne Frank house, five to Damstraat and ten to the Rijksmuseum. The tulip museum, cheese museum and the best apple pie with cream in town are just 5 minutes away by foot. Jordaan is the most attractive neighborhood in Amsterdam with its beautiful canal houses, quirky little shops, art studios and loads of authentic Amsterdam bars & cafés. If you want to know more about what to do in Amsterdam, read this article.

Hotel Mr. Jordaan Amsterdam