Wednesday, June 12, 2024

napoli - vista mare & vesuvio

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Napels - Saturday 1st of June - 16343 steps

Henk went to Naples with Minne for a few days in October last year and came back so enthusiastic and we decided to go back together.

We took the taxi from the airport to our B&B Vista Mare at the end of the afternoon. There we were on our balcony with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Napoli, vista mare & vesuvio!

We started our avventura napoletana with a walk along the coast from our neighborhood in Posillipo. Via the kilometre-long Via Francesco Caracciolo, we walked towards Castel dell'Ovo.

On the way we had an Americano cocktail (I actually ordered a coffee Americano) and Birra Peroni at Casa Infante, with sweet pastries choosen from the packed pastry display case. Let's take a break on a swing bench on the terrace, to let the first impressions sink in. So much to see, hear and capture, what a city, impossible to explain!

Along the lungomare di Napoli you can see the castle from far away, but in reality it is more than far away.

While we enjoyed our aperitifs (in Naples always served with something tasty) at Al Barcadero cafè, a very nice location with a view of Vesuvius and the marina. it started to drip for a while, so we were treated to a rainbow in the beautiful sky during sunset.

Dinner at Ristorante Ciro a Mergellina.

And yes we walked the entire route back again.

Friday, May 31, 2024

for james

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It's starting to become a habit, to make a baby blanket for newborn babies of friends and family.

This natural blanket with a harlequin filet pattern for James, the baby of Pippa's best friend.

Welcome James. so glad you're home now!

PS: handmade maternity gifts are the best, this blanket is really easy-level and super fun to make! You can find the crochet pattern in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

birthday boy

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This weekend was all about Henk's birthday!

On Saturday evening after work, we had a kind of pre-birthday dinner together. Lovely food and beautifully laid table, with cutlery, embroidered placemats and table book "artists at home", which Henk had already received as a gift from the children.

On Sunday morning my dearest birthday boy got breakfast in bed (usually it's the other way around) obviously with birthday presents!

Furthermore, in the morning we went to the Kunsthal to see the large-scale exhibition of the work of the Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury. Afterwards we walked around the Museumpark.

For lunch, Henk had booked a table for us at De Matroos en het Meisje in Katendrecht. We enjoyed a festive 4-course surprise lunch!

And on Monday evening one more birthday dinner at home with the family! Henk made his own pizzas and pasta and of course we had ice cream in shiny sundae dishes! La vita è bella...

So Henk had 3 happy birthdays in a row and he deserves it!