Domburg | Markt Zes

I have been to Markt Zes in Domburg now quite often and witnessed around 3 owners or at least 3 different styles for the restaurant. It is right in the middle of Domburg, which makes it really good accessible.

When I have been there the first few times, it was more the bar kind than a restaurant. You could try hundreds of different sorts of beer – at least it seemed like that. I had a beer favorite back then, a raspberry one from Belgium. I could never find it anywhere else, so that was kind of all I was drinking there. We never ate there, but mostly because they didn’t really have more than snacks. We watched the European Championship (Soccer) there, the match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was quite fun. We Germans watched it on their outdoor seatings, the Netherlands watched it indoors – as Germany was playing quite good and won that match, a walk to the toilet indoors had to be done real quick 🙈

When I returned the next year, everything changed. They had a new style and – most of all – a new menu. Now food but unfortunately no more Belgian raspberry beer. Bummer. But of course, we still tried the food – it’s not really pricey but I found it way too expensive for what I got. I think it was a salad with goat cheese, but I am not really sure, it’s been a while 😅

As it changed its appearance again on my last trip to Domburg, we decided to try it out again. So we went to have some drinks after our dinner at the Brasserie and I was really pleased to see that they now have more fruit beer on their card again! Of course, I tried them all 😌 They were good, but I’d love to try something different than Kriekbier (Kriek = Cherry).

On our last day after the beach, we wanted to try out the new food menu. I really had problems to decide on something, as the prices seemed to me not really relatable for the food they were offering. I went with the tarte tartin with sweet potatoes and was not too fond of it. It looked really nice, but something was missing for me. It came with some kind of seagrass (Salicornia) which I just really don’t like. My mother had the salad with goat cheese this time and was really pleased, so maybe I just picked the wrong dish (again).

They are really dog-friendly. The first thing to happen when we entered with Hugo, they brought him water. Later, one of the waitresses came over and cuddled with him. They’re allowed indoors and outdoors ☺

Although it is not for me for eating, I love their beer card! You can try different sorts of beer without having to commit to a whole sixpack of it (like you probably would have to in the supermarket). Just want to go out for a drink? I recommend! Food? Well, not my first choice 🤷🏼‍♀️

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London | Sky Garden

 

Sky Garden London is one of my Pinterest finds. Like Bubblewrap I wanted to go there on my first visit, but I couldn’t manage to figure out their booking system. Maybe I am always too late? Or it doesn’t work for Saturdays? I just don’t know…

But although I could not reserve a slot on our visit in January, we were really lucky. We’ve been there just a short time after they opened and as they were not booked out then, we could get in! 🙌🏻 And wow, what a view! When we left the elevator, we immediately stopped again as we could not believe what we were seeing. You have an awesome view on the river Thames, PLUS the garden inside! It really is beautiful, and the sun was shining while we were there, which made a perfect morning in Sky Garden for us.

Of course, we had some tea there. Even their tumblers fit perfectly in this surrounding:

You want to see London from up above? Some nice tea, some plants and flowers and – even though it’s filled with people – a place for relaxing? I can only recommend you Sky Garden. I loved it there and I will definitely try to get there every time I visit London from now on!

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Domburg | Pizzeria Milano

In April 2018 I was in Pizzeria Milano in Domburg for the first time. We never made it, as the small Italian restaurant was always booked out when we arrived (we don’t use to reserve a table). I think that it changed a little in the last few years, for example, is it not possible anymore to reserve a table and I think they changed the interior quite a bit.

The restaurant has a small front room, with tables placed right beside the kitchen. They also have a larger room which kind of extends the front room, but it was closed when we arrived, so we got that kitchen table. As it is right in the entry to the kitchen, it’s not really a calm place, but the great smell of freshly baked pizza, lasagna and pasta is definitely a plus!

It took me a while to decide on what to eat, they have a lot of different pizzas, but not really much of anything else. I wanted to go for pasta, but as I am a “little” picky it took me quite long to decide. For example, I love Spaghetti Carbonara, but I am not really fond of the raw egg – but asking them to leave it away kind of seemed as an insult to me. So I went all basic – with pasta aglio e olio. My parents both ordered the lasagna.

We got our food in an acceptable time. As the lasagna was freshly made, it – of course – took its time. When my dish arrived, I was quite pleased to see, that they packed it really full  🙃  more food is always better I guess! And it tasted really good! I was glad, that no date was on the plan for that night and that I was in Domburg with my parents 😅

As dessert, I tried the Dame Blanche, but that was definitely no masterpiece. It was not really good vanilla ice, really little chocolate topping and really much whipped cream. Would not order again 🤷🏼‍♀️

The staff was really nice and quick with our beverages. The prices were really okay for the food, my pasta was around 8€, the lasagna around 12€. As Hugo stayed in our apartment, I don’t know if they are dog-friendly, sorry! But as most restaurants in Domburg are open for dogs, I think you can bring your dog, just ask them 🙃

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Domburg | 15. – 18.04.2018

Welcome, all you!

First travelogue everrrr! And it’s about my favorite place in the Netherlands: Domburg! I have been there already so many times but never get bored of it. Also, it is a great place for a One-Day-Trip to the sea 🙃

This time, me and my parents went there rather spontaneous for 4 days, we booked it like 2 weeks ahead. As there was no holiday in Germany or the Netherlands, and as it was only April, we were lucky and had no problem getting our favorite apartment there. Around here, April is a month that can deliver any weather at any time. You had sun yesterday and it was soooo hot? Well, might be that today will be the worst of rain. And it’s even worse at the coast! I rarely look at my weather forecast when I am at Domburg, it just doesn’t work. Weather is changing way to quick there! And I have to admit, I was expecting rain. Every time we stay there for even one night it rains. All. The. Time.

Day 1

When we arrived on Sunday, everything looked like that was going to happen again. It was a little cloudy and quite stormy when we arrived. When we had breakfast at “Bij Juls”, I already joked about visiting my favorite stores in the next bigger town, Middelburg.

We spent almost the whole day at the beach, as we couldn’t get into our apartment before 3 pm. But my mom booked one of the small beach houses where you can store all your stuff, have deckchairs and a windshield in it PLUS you have shelter when it starts raining (it came in handy when it started dripping that day…)! We could “move in” there right when we arrived, which was great, as we could pack all our beach stuff in there instead of first into the apartment and then carrying it there.

When we moved into the apartment, the first thing I did was entering the store right beneath it – it’s called Dogsmopolitan. Guess what – dog toys and treats and all the nice things my dog doesn’t own. When we walked past it after breakfast when Hugo needed a little walk, I already tested, what he would like. The only thing he really was interested was a small blue ball by Chuckit*, which I then bought for him. He was so happy when I gave that ball to him, no toy I brought with us was good enough after that 🙄

When we parked the car in the garage of our apartment – which is a little walk away – we went to the supermarket to get something fresh for the beach and food for our breakfast the next day. I love their supermarket!! They have so many good things that we don’t have, for example super fresh super good roastbeef or delicious chocolate or fancy cookies 😍

We ate at “The Domburger” that night, a quite new Burger restaurant. It is a little pricey, but the atmosphere there is quite nice, just like the staff. I am not that into pickles, so I ordered my Burger (“Say Cheese”) without it, which was no problem at all. It was ok, but actually not even close to my favorite burger restaurants.

Day 2

First things first, my dog needed a little walk, so when I woke up, I headed to the beach in my PJ’s. As the beach is only away like 500 meters, it didn’t take me really long to get there, but as my dog is really picky with his “bathroom”…let me say, he needed time.

When I came back, my father already left for the beach, but my mom and I didn’t want to leave right on, as it still was quite windy, so we decided to visit some of the shops first. Domburg has some cute little shops, some are really pricey and some are in a normal price range. In one of the shops, I fell in love with a knitted jacket. I had to visit it two more times to be sure that I should buy it – but I did finally! The seller even recognized me when I decided to buy it the next day, as I again was sneaking around 🙈

When we were finished with walking through the stores, we picked up the dog and left for the beach. It was mostly sunny but windy, so it wasn’t really warm. I hid behind the windshield the whole time, just so I could leave my jacket off 🙈 Friends of my parents were in Domburg, too, so they visited us at our cabin, and my parents went to have a drink with them at one of the beach pavilions.

That night we ate at one of the Italian restaurants, Milano. The pizza seemed to be their bestseller, but my parents and I went with the pasta and lasagna. My pasta aglio e olio was really good! The staff was really nice and served quite fast. I tried the Dame Blanche, but that was definitely no masterpiece, sorry to say.

Day 3

Started again with bringing my dog to his bathroom. On the way back I went to the local bakery. No dogs allowed inside, so I had to tie Hugo outside. He didn’t really understand that he is not allowed to follow, so he sat on the carpet in the entry of the bakery. I was just getting my stuff as the other lady told me to get the dog out 🙄 I mean, I was just about to go anyway, there was no food around my dog, why?

As they were digging out the sandbanks – right in front of our beach cabin of course – my mother and I again decided to look through the stores, we went to the few ones missing from the day before. And again, I looked after that jacket. You see, it didn’t leave me alone. I wasn’t sure about the colors and the price and if I would wear it and when yes then with what – but sometimes it happens, that you know when you don’t buy something, you’ll regret it 🤷🏼‍♀️ so when we were at the beach, I decided that I needed to have it.

My parents and their friends again went to the next beach pavilion, De Stenen Toko. When Hugo needed to visit his “bathroom” again, because he needs grass for it, I needed to leave our beach cabin. And as I had to move all our stuff inside, I decided that I could go to that pavilion, too, and have some lunch. I got whole-grain bread roll with goat cheese, which was really really good, and a Liefmanns fruitesse – right now my favorite fruit beer around there.

For dinner, we met up with my parents’ friends. Of course, I wore my new jacket, what else 💁🏼‍♀️ We went to Brasserie Domburg, and as I wanted some fish for dinner for days, I decided to go with the fish & chips – they were awesome! And, absolutely must at that restaurant, creme bruleé! SO GOOD!! After that, we went to Markt Zes, which is just right across our street. You can drink fancy beer, and I love to test fruit beer, so I tried two of those.

As we had to check out the next day, we had to pack our stuff already. But as I did not pack too much, I was really quick. Hugo did notice that somethings changing again and was a little unsure what to do. Sometimes I wish you could just tell them what’s happening, that would make things so much easier…

Day 4

On our last day, we had to bring back the keys at 10, so we had to get up earlier. I got the car, we packed everything in there and brought the key to the hotel. We planned to park our car on a free parking area, but when we arrived there, it turned out, that they are currently under construction. So we had to change our plans from free to 12,50€ and parked right at the beach.

We had a great day there! It was super warm, nearly no wind, full sun. Hugo was still confused though, and I think he had enough of our short trip.

For our lunch, we went to the local beach pavilion again, De Stenen Toko. I just went with the same thing I ate the day before, whole-grain bread roll with goat cheese.

We packed our stuff around 4 pm and put everything into the car, then went for the last dinner for this time. We decided for Markt Zes. I could not find anything on its menu that wasn’t super pricey or things I really liked, so I went with a tarte tartin with sweet potatoes. It was okay, but…well, I’d rather have had some fries from across the street 🤷🏼‍♀️ My mom had a salad with goat cheese with what she was super pleased, so maybe I just made a bad decision. Next time I will be wiser 💪🏻

Well, after that we already left Domburg! But be sure, little town, I will be coming back in summer!

 

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Domburg | Les Maisons – Noordstraat 6b

We have been to this apartment in Domburg now the second time and I have to say: I love it! It’s right in the heart of Domburg and it never takes you long to get anywhere. The beach is like 500 meters down the street, the supermarket around 600 meters in the opposite direction. Right around the corner is the main street with all it’s little shops and restaurants.

It is kind of spartanic, but it has everything you need. Noordstraat 6B has two bedrooms (one with double bed, the other with two single beds).  It has a nice living room with a small kitchenette, that has even a dishwasher. The living room and the bedroom floors are Vinyl, which makes it really easy to keep clean if you stay a little longer.  Only thing I missed this time was a proper broom to clean up all the sand I brought home from the beach.

The favorite thing of my dog in this apartment is probably the large windows in the living room. As the living room is turned to the street, you can watch people strolling down the small alley from there. It happened more than once that I heard a screech and then something like “Look, a dog!”. It is the perfect spot for Hugo to pursue his passion, observing people.

The bathroom is really nice, it has a large shower (no bathtub, though) and looks really good, all black and white.

 

The beds already have sheets on and they even give you towels, which is not being the rule. They also have a washing machine in the hall. They have a garage where you can park your car (you can only park on the main streets if you have a resident parking permit…) and shelter for your bikes. You can also rent one of the small beach houses, which I really can recommend. You can bring all your stuff there at the beginning of your stay so you don’t have to carry it every day, you have shelter when it suddenly starts to rain and there are deckchairs and a windshield in it!

Really dangerous for the dog owners: right below it is now a dog store (Dogsmopolitan)…first thing I did – even before clearing out the car – was buying a new toy for Hugo. Like, I mean, he has no toys. Just exactly like he never gets pet or fed…

 

I have to admit, that I am not sure if you still can bring a dog to this flat if you haven’t been there before. I think we’ve been lucky as we stayed there before. But I guess it’s best to ask them! They have a lot of other vacation apartments and hotel rooms in Domburg. They are really nice there and always try to help you out! It also might get pricey if you want to stay there during official holidays in Germany or Netherlands, but if you go off-season, it is quite affordable! We paid around 260€ for three people plus dog for 3 nights.

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Domburg | Brasserie Domburg

I have been to Brasserie Domburg now for a few times already and I love it there. The first time I visited is now something about two years ago. We stayed in the apartment in Noordstraat 6b then, which is just around the corner. As we usually eat out for dinner, we tried a lot of restaurants that week, and by far the best was the Brasserie!

It is a quite big restaurant with a large patio in front of it. Great to catch the last sunlight during dinner! 👌🏻 The inside of the Brasserie seems to be more like a Twenties-theme, it’s kept in red with black and white photography and dark wooden desks and stools. It is not too fancy, which I really like about it – you don’t really have to dress up for dinner.

The first time we ate at the Brasserie I had codfish with nut butter (literally melted butter mixed with nut oils plus roasted almonds), mashed potatoes and spinach. And it was sooooo good! I didn’t really like the spinach as it was too salty for my taste, but the fish…😍👌🏻 But the best was yet to come: Of course, I ordered some dessert. Creme Brulee was my choice – and after I already was so full of love for the fish, let me tell you, the Creme Brulee is killing it! It was just perfect. It had the perfect consistency, it doesn’t taste like that dried vanilla, not too much vanilla…it’s just perfect! They also put some fruit and fruit sorbet on the plate, which tastes really good, too. 10 out of 10 for their Creme Brulee!

On my second visit, I wanted to bring back this magical food, and yes, maybe I glorified it a little. But that was ok for me, I again went with the codfish. Sadly they changed from spinach to seagrass (Salicornia) – it was when I found out that this would never be my vegetable. But, what shall I say, the Creme Brulee saved it for me!

On my last visit in April 2018 I first asked if they still serve the fish with seagrass (unfortunately they do…) and then decided to go with their fish & chips. I was so surprised when it arrived at our table, as I was expecting small fish bites on my plate. But no! They took it to a whole new level and fried the whole filet! And they did an awesome job on that, really good fish! As I was not so into their remoulade (don’t like pickles…😅) I just “stole” my dads’ mayonnaise for my fries. For dessert? You already know it 😃 Creme Brulee!

The waiters are really nice and serve real quick. They try to help you out whenever they can – for example, ask the chef what kind of cream it is that comes on your Creme Brulee plate. And they are really dog-friendly! They always have a bowl for your furry companion and don’t mind them indoors or outdoors.

 


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Hello world!

Welcome to my Blog!

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