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Three Weekends in Holland: Amsterdam & Limburg (Part 2)

Limbourg Chic & Nature

The Hotel : Winselerhof in Landgraaf

Surrounded by vineyards, this elegant hotel set in an old farmhouse is a haven of peace. We had lunch in the lovely interior courtyard bathed in sunshine (photo above, 5). Tasty refined cuisine with Mediterranean accents (3 & 4). The breakfast is also varied and plentiful.

We are happy to get in our spacious comfortable suite (1 & 2), after a long (sporty) walk in the nearby forest (6: no, it is not the silhouette of a real wolf, but a sculpture). When we left the Winselerhof, we felt very relaxed and invigorated.

What To Do

Visiting Valkenburg & Maastricht

Direction Valkenburg aan de Geul, a picturesque medieval village (photos 2, 3 & 4 above). What a surprise when we arrived, the village was crowed by tourists! It is really touristy. To avoid the bulk of the crowd, move away from the center of the village.

Another option: driving to Maastricht, a charming little town with countless cafes whose summer and winter I never tire of (1). In the evening, we dine in Herleen at the Brasserie Mijn Streek, located on the top floors of the SCHUNCK museum (5 & 6). A nice view, really good food and friendly team. 

Arty Amsterdam

The Hotel : Conservatorium Hotel

For this new weekend in Amsterdame, we focused about contemporary art. The Conservatorium Hotel, a former music conservatory, is located in the museum district of Amsterdam. I did not know this lovely neighborhood.

As soon as we enter the imposing lobby (photos below 4 & 5), we are projected into a large space mixing cutting-edge design, massive architecture and lots of art. The hotel has a number of works of art as well as renowned restaurants. The reception and restaurant teams are  friendly and professional.

But the best is our large Rooftop Suite with a sleek minimalist design (photo above and photos below 1 & 2). Superb bathroom (3). A cocoon of luxury and good taste. I forgot, the breakfast in the Brasserie and Lounge is simply delicious. 

What To Do

Amsterdam Art Weekend

There are a thousand ways to visit Amsterdam. We decided to go there, during the Amsterdam Art Weekend  (the next session is scheduled from April 15 to 17, 2021). s 2021). We started our art walk by visiting of the artists’ studios in residence at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten  (1).

Then we spent the rest of the day in different private art galleries. And in the evening, we were at an exhibition opening in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the huge museum of contemporary art (2). After the event, what a treat to quickly be able to walk back to our hotel! 

The next day: long stop at the PAN Amsterdam,, the most important art and antiques fair in the Netherlands. Where among a thousand discoveries (it’s a real Alibaba cave), I really liked the sculptures of Vladimir Zbynovsky at the Etienne Gallery (3). In the afternoon: we went to the Moco Museum where I really enjoyed the works of Daniel Arsham (4). 

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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I Amsterdam

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Many thanks to Visit Holland and I Amsterdam, for this beautiful invitation. Also many thanks to the Winselerhof Landgraaf and Conservatorium Hotel and the restaurants mentioned in the article. As always, theses are my opinions.

Trois week-ends en Hollande : Amsterdam & Limbourg (Partie 2)

Le Limbourg chic & nature

L’hôtel : Winselerhof à Landgraaf

Entouré de vignes, cet élégant hôtel installé dans une ancienne ferme, est un havre de paix. Nous avons déjeuné dans l’agréable cour intérieure, baignée de soleil (photo ci-dessus, 5). Cuisine raffinée et goûteuse aux accents méditerranéens (3 & 4). Le petit déjeuner est aussi varié et copieux.

Nous sommes heureux de gagner notre spacieuse et confortable suite (1 & 2), après une longue promenade (sportive) dans la forêt proche (6: non ce n’est pas la silhouette d’un vrai loup, mais une sculpture). En quittant le Winselerhof, nous nous sommes vraiment sentis détendus et revigorés.   

Que faire :

Visiter Valkenburg & Maastricht

Direction le pittoresque village médiéval, Valkenburg  aan de Geul (photos ci-dessus 2, 3 & 4). Quelle surprise en arrivant, il y a un monde fou! C’est très touristique. Pour éviter le gros de la foule, éloignez-vous du centre du village.

Autre option : roulez jusqu’à à Maastricht, petite ville charmante dont je ne me lasse pas été comme hiver, aux innombrables cafés (1). Le soir, toujours au départ du Winselerhof, nous dînons à Herleen, à la Brasserie Mijn Streek, située au derniers étages du musée SCHUNCK (5 & 6). Belle vue, très bonne cuisine et équipe sympathique.  

Amsterdam arty

L’hôtel : Conservatorium Hotel

Notre week-end à Amsterdam est placé sous l’art. Le Conservatorium Hotel, un ancien conservatoire de musique, est situé dans le quartier des musées d’Amsterdam. Un quartier que je ne connaissais pas et qui très agréable.

Dès notre entrée dans l’imposant lobby (photos ci-dessous 4 & 5), nous sommes projetés dans un espace inédit où se mêlent design pointu, architecture et art. L”hôtel compte quantité d’oeuvre d’art ainsi que des restaurants reconnus. Les équipes de la réception et des restaurants sont sympathiques et professionnelles.

Mon coup de coeur va à notre vaste Suite Rooftop : design épuré aux accents asiatiques (photo ci-dessus et photos ci-dessous 1 & 2). Superbe salle de bain (3). Un cocon de luxe et bon goût. J’oubliai le petit déjeuner dans la Brasserie et Lounge qui est simplement délicieux. 

Que faire :

Amsterdam Art Weekend

Il y a mille façons de visiter Amsterdam. Nous avons choisi de nous y rendre, pendant l’Amsterdam Art Weekend (la prochaine session est prévue du 15 au 17 avril inclus 2021). Nous avons commencé notre parcours art, par la visite d’ateliers d’artistes en résidence à l’Académie royale des beaux-arts d’Amsterdam, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (1).

Puis nous avons passé le reste de la journée dans différentes galeries privées. Et le soir, nous étions à un vernissage bondé de monde, dans l’immense musée d’art contemporain, le Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2). Quel plaisir ensuite, de pouvoir rentrer rapidement à pied à notre hôtel!

Le lendemain : long arrêt à la PAN Amsterdam, la foire d’art et d’antiquités   la plus importante des Pays-Bas. Où parmi mille découvertes (c’est une véritable caverne d’Alibaba), j’ai beaucoup aimé les sculptures de Vladimir Zbynovsky, représenté par Etienne Gallery (3). L’après-midi : nous nous sommes rendus au Moco Museum, où j’ai vraiment aimé les oeuvres de Daniel Arsham (4). 

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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Un grand merci à l’Office du tourisme des Pays Bas et à I Amsterdam, pour cette superbe invitation. Merci aussi aux hôtels Winselerhof Landgraaf et au Conservatorium Hotel ainsi qu’aux restaurants cités dans l’article. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Switzerland: 7 Activities For a Weekend in Gstaad

1. Snowshoeing & Nature In Sparenmoos

When it is snowing a lot and the fog is falling, I much prefer snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing with an experienced instructor who will be able to choose the right place. Significantly less stressful than being at the top of a slope for skiing without any visibility! So I discover with pleasure the beautiful scenery of Sparenmoos. Big crush on the fir trees, a bit like in Méribel! A fairytale landscape.

2. Visiting The Mirage of Doug Aitken

The Unusual Experience

I really liked the short hike to the Mirage by the American artist Doug Aitken. A visionary construction, located between Gstaad and Schönried. Fantastic! All walls (including ceiling and roof with the exception of the floor) are mirrors. Stunning and fun! A must see and experience! The installation will remain until January 2021.

3. A Drink On The Slopes

Enjoying The Panorama

During this weekend, the weather is pretty capricious, two white days (very foggy) and one single sunny day (the one of my departure, lol!). Finally with a friend and our instructor, we take a long break at the top of the slopes, waiting for a better visibility. The weather darkens and we went back down by cable car. But happy!

4. Sleeping at 1,450 Meters Above Sea Level

In Nature

I spent the first night of my trip at the Rinderberg Swiss Alpine Lodge. A  real change of scenery! You need to take the cable car to access this very welcoming and cozy little hotel, located near the Rinderbergbahn intermediate station. From the small balcony of my room, I have a panoramic view of the mountain and the fir trees. The landscape is a bit magical. Photo above: the spa bordered by fir trees.

5. Strolling in Gstaad

Away From The Hustle And Bustle

The Gstaad I discover (off of the season) is a quiet and charming village. People are relaxed and the general rythm is calm. Perfect when you need to recharge, or if you are agoraphobic. On the shopping side: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dolce Gabbana … are installed in beautiful wooden “chalets”. There are plethora of restaurants and some cafes and bars are really cool.

6. Discovering Saneen

The Historic Village

The center of Saanen is charming with small streets lined with wooden houses built between the 15th century and the 18th century. The woodwork (facades and doors) is beautiful. And the al fresco paintings of the Saint Maurice church date back to the 15th century. There are also a few lovely shops with local handicrafts. A nice walk after skiing.

7. The Hype Design Hotel

Where To Stay

The HUUS Hotel Gstaad is defenitely my favorite place in Gstaad! I am absolutely delighted with my two nights there. Awesome design, team and atmosphere! I really liked my room, the common areas, lounge with the fireplace, long bar, excellent Italian restaurant, view, champagne evening, breakfast and location!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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Many thanks to the tourist offices, My Switzerland and Gstaad for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.