Mother’s Day, Mini-Golf & Muiden

As an expat mama, I get to acknowledge Mother’s Day twice a year, like some kind of Queen. UK and Netherlands celebrate this fine day at different times of the year, with the UK going for it in March and the Netherlands (and most other countries), opting for May.

Last year, Mother’s Day was a quiet one, as I recovered from one of my many post-partum illnesses, so this year we decided to make it a date. Minus our daughter. A little ironic maybe, but it had been a while since the hubby and I had been on a date and it just so happened that Oma wanted to spend a sunny Sunday with her kleindochter. All good!

First stop was to my favourite park in Amsterdam, Amstel Park, for Puremarkt. We had a pretty tasty lunch there of pulled pork sandwiches, bio sausages and chocolate cake and bought some smoked eel for my schoonouders (in-laws). But the highlight of the park was playing mini golf…and I totally kicked my husband’s arse on it! (I’m not competitive…)

The look of concentration didn’t help, unfortunately…

After a devastating defeat on the golf course (which would have been more so, had we finished it…even in the midst of victory, it was going on a bit), we went for a drive to Muiden. Now this was pretty exciting for us both, as I just like visiting cute little towns and hubby had been wanting to visit the historic Muiderslot castle for a while.

The castle looked pretty impressive (even more so when you realise it has been around since 1285) but on getting closer we saw it was 12.50 per person to go onto the grounds and decided to get as close as possible for free and then go and get icecream instead.

It was the right decision.

If you visit Nelis’ IJssalon, try the whiskey cream and chocolate icecream. Heerlijk!

Afterwards, we picked up our little one, who had slept blissfully all afternoon (of course) and went back home to watch a movie and eat popcorn on the couch together.

Pieces of Easter

Its been a busy but fun time in the Benoist household over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had visitors, work trips and social stuff and today is all about clearing up the place. And sitting down in it.

Easter weekend was lots of fun, with friends coming to stay and Lola having an in-house playmate. After several territorial toy-grabbing sessions, they bonded over food and drink. A typical holiday weekend then…

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It was a mixed bag of weather over the weekend, but the Sunday turned out pretty sunny so after a mammoth brunch we headed off to our new favourite place, Amstelpark to check out Puremarkt. This is another of Amsterdam’s cute markets, featuring organic food and beauty produce and all that kind of wholesome goodness. Oh and there’s booze too!

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Highlights included spicy pulled pork wraps, cheap Hungarian champagne with our imaginary friends and running with ducks. Lowlights included a tired hubby who had to leave early, overly dry lemon cake and being too Northern about the presence of the sun and failing to wear a big coat.

Here’s a few photos of the market and the play areas of Amstelpark, in case anyone needs further encouragement to check it out.

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What’s your favourite Amsterdam market?