Phew! Is that a dutch beach? Really? With all those people? Under that burning sun? Yep, it is! Very atypical dutch weather, I have to admit. But hey, wait a minute, how did we get here, at the beach of Zandvoort on a sunny summer day? Let’s roll back in time and start at the beginning of that beautiful monday. (I would love to say ‘sunday’, with al that sun going on, but truth be told: it was a monday.;-)
That monday morning I put on a dress in animal print, stepped in my short embroidered booties and got in my car. Armed with a welcome poster, I headed for Schiphol airport to pick up our guest: Suzanne from SuzanneCarilloStyleFiles.
She should have arrived a day earlier, but had trouble catching her plane. Trouble? She missed it! Read here to find out what happened.
Suzanne looked fresh and pretty, despite her delay and all the traveling. Incredible. I never look like that after a flight ;-). Do you?
She installed herself at her first address, the home of my friend Sylvia. Suzanne unpacked, took a nap and was all energized when I picked her up some hours later to go to Zandvoort, for a tropical day at the Dutch coast. From Haarlem, where I live, it is very easy to visit Zandvoort. It is about 20 minutes by car, an hour by bike and you can also get there by train or bus.
Zandvoort’s architecture along the boulevard is quite ugly, especially with grey weather, but today…? Wow, it was gorgeous! You could easily imagine being somewhere along the Cote d’Azur. I even wondered why I don’t visit Zandvoort more often. (Don’t worry…I know why;-))
First Suzanne and I walked along the boulevard, admiring the street art.
There happened to be a Sand Sculpture event: the European Championship Sand Sculptures. When we were there, they were in the process of creating the art. The sand art stays there until december, so be sure to have a look, if by any chance you visit Zandvoort. The artworks look spectacular.
Then we walked back via the beach. Suzanne took her shoes of and dipped her toes in the sea to test the temperature. It was pleasant in that heat, as I understood from her.
The beach at Zandvoort is 9 km long and it continues from there to Bloemendaal and IJmuiden. You can walk along the coast for hours. Pretty amazing, right?
Bloemendaal is Zandvoort’s ‘cool’ neighboring beach. For naturists or nudists there is a 3 km long designated beach. And there is a designated stretch where dogs can run around unleashed. How cool is that?!
We ended up at Meijer aan Zee, one of my favorite beach restaurants in Zandvoort. Why? They have lots of seats; indoors, al fresco and even right on the beach. The food and drinks are good and affordable, the vibe and decor are relaxed. The location is great, near where I park my car. And last but not least: during summer there is a milonga (tango salon) at least once per week.
Loyal readers know how I love Argentine Tango. They also know that I dance, teach and DJ tango since more then ten years now. The music still moves me to tears, even after all this time. So if I am in the country, I try to attend the summer salons organized by Tango at the seaside and Beach Tango, both held at Meijer aan Zee. Once a year I DJ there and guess what, that evening I was the DJ!
So Suzanne and I chatted the hours away, had dinner looking out over the sea, after which I plugged in my laptop. Suzanne dances tango as well, but she did not feel comfortable enough to give it a go that night. Instead she enjoyed the music, watched the dancers, took lots of pictures and made a small video.
There were many dancers and it was a fantastic night.
Like often, the sunset was amazing.
You know how there are moments, days and events during which you feel completely happy? Well, this day was one of them; I cherish the memory. Do you have days that feel perfect to you? What makes them so great?
Note: all pictures taken by me, unless I am in the picture myself. In those cases Suzanne took them.