It’s the first week of 2017 and I decided it was the perfect time to look back at the fun stuff I have done and amazing places I have been in the past year with another (have a look at a previous one here) Instagram round-up! Here are some of my favourite photos and memories from 2016:
January was as cold and bleak as ever, so I didn’t get out much, apart from some walks to see the swans. The photo below I thought was quite funny, saw it on a car in the supermarket car park.
Managed to get to Amsterdam for a day in February, and in both these photos you can see that the weather was already starting to get better, yay!
March was the month I was taking part in a photography challenge, which helped me with ideas of things to capture, as well as forcing me outside more. March was also the month Luna had her kittens!
I got my new Huawei phone in April and promptly went to the Lelystad Nature Park to try it out. Spring was definitely starting!
This photo below was purely an act of perfect random timing. He was going for a walk and I managed to snap him right at the meeting point of the fence/shed. Anyone else see South America on his shoulder?!
The weather was gorgeous, perfect for lots of walks among the forested areas around home. Also perfect for lovely photos of Spring blooms!
Finally visited the replica of the Batavia as well as going on a motorbike ‘road-trip’ through the province of Gelderland in June. Lots of fun!
Not only is Castle Vianden gorgeous on the inside (as you saw in my previous post) but it also boasts a pretty stunning view over the town of Vianden below! See more of these breathtaking views in my latest blog post (link in bio). Tell me, what other castles have you visited with views as nice as this?!
We spent a stunning weekend in Luxembourg in Summer, and this tiny country is absolutely breathtaking! Definitely want to go back.
We had our ‘proper’ Summer holiday through August/September and travelled through Belgium to the South of France to meet up with some friends of mine from Australia! Finally got to see Bruges and loved exploring more of France. So hot!
Spent some time in Antwerp on our way back to the Netherlands. Another city with so much to see that we’ll need to come back again!
I loved this statue in the centre of Marnixplaats in Antwerp; it’s called “Schelde Vrij” (Scheldt Free) and represents the 1863 cessation of heavy tolls the Dutch levied on ships sailing to Antwerp. There’s statues representing Neptune, god of the sea, Mercury, god of trade, the city of Antwerp as a woman, as well as lions, ship’s prows and water gods spouting Scheldt water. Surrounded by cafes this is a great place to hang out, relax and admire the statue!
The Netherlands has such distinct seasons, and right on time Autumn started. Spent a lovely day exploring a tiny Dutch fishing village called Urk!
Just as it was starting to get cold I flew back to Australia (via China) for a month. Spent eight days in Queensland for my best friend’s wedding, then three weeks back in Tasmania catching up with friends, seeing my family, and exploring new and old favourite places in my home state.
My favourite parts of being back home were definitely spending time with my family and friends, as well as visiting my favourite beach and some nature parks to get up close and personal with some Tassie Devils!
Then returning home to the Netherlands in time for a Dutch Christmas and New Year!
Looking back like this is definitely a great way to remind yourself what a year you’ve had, instead of only remembering the bad stuff. I’m looking forward to what I’ll get up to this year, what about you? Tell me your exciting plans for 2017 and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more exclusive photos of my adventures!