Fair and organic shopping in Rotterdam

green shopping rotterdam margootje vintage

A visit to Rotterdam had been on our agendas for ages. We had decided we wanted to go sometime not from Groningen (where we live) but from The Hague where we are staying over a couple of times we year. But we always always always lack time. This time we made Rotterdam a priority. And it worked. We had expected Rotterdam would have a lot of fair and organic shops, but we were wrong with that assumption. Our own cities seems to be a lot ‘greener’ when it comes to sustainable shopping. Oh well, in the end we did find more than we thought we would and we now have a great list for you and we had an amazing time there. I you know any more stores, please let us know in the comments below.  [Read more…]

Hannover, your next citytrip destination?

Holzmarkt, hannover, germany old city centre, not so stuffy

Hannover; you probably heard of this city because you once passed by or you heard about a large event that took place in the Messe (fair). Hannover is usually not a city people think about when planning a weekend trip because it is not close to the border (if you live in the Netherlands) and some other cities in the neighbourhood (like Hamburg and Lübeck) have put themselves on the map as much more attractive destinations. That’s not completely true however. Hannover is allowed to shout a bit louder: “Hello, do check us out please!” Inhabitants of this northern city are rightly proud of their home, a city that was almost completely destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in the Fifties. It’s part historic and part modern and no, the ‘modern’ style of the Fifties isn’t always pretty but with a centre where no cars are allowed it works for Hannover. Are you curious why we think it’s a fine destination? Check the pictures below…  [Read more…]

De Oude Gasfabriek, Groningen

In 1854 the gasworks was opened in Groningen. Only one building is left, De Loods in the Ebbingekwartier. In the past markets took place at this location. Later restaurant Oberland was located here for a few years. After a big renovation, which took about 10 months, De Oude Gasfabriek opened its doors in De Loods. It was a long renovation period but definately worth the wait: wow, the interior is just fabulous! Would you like to know if our food experience at this restaurant was just as great as the interior? Then keep on reading… [Read more…]

Outfit of the Day, #6

OOTD fair eco Haren Not so stuffy

At the end of March and the beginning of the month April we had a couple of lovely days in the Netherlands. We had an instant Summer vibe going on and we felt like wearing spring and summer clothes in our photo shoots. An estate in Eelde turned out the perfect spot for a shoot. But when the pictures were shot, the temperatures at night went below zero (Celsius) again. Unfortunately my house could also use some central heating (which I refuse from April 1st onwards)  – not very sustainable – or me wearing a really thick sweater. I chose the latter. But as soon as the days are more agreeable, I’ll be wearing this outfit again.  [Read more…]

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