Domburg InstaDiary

When my parents bought a caravan in The Netherlands two years ago I started a small blog series about the Zeeland region. After Middelburg, Yerseke and Veere it was time to explore Domburg this weekend. The weather had been really nice up until the day my mom, youngest sister and I left for our short getaway. No clouds or wind could stop us – something about pancakes for lunch – and we went for a walk around town and on the beach anyway. I left my camera at home and instead took an Instagram-like picture of every little thing we did. The result? An InstaDiary of our day in Domburg!

Travelling with your parents that means everything goes by the book. Our first stop was the tourist information center, because even in times of mobile internet packages and wifi hotspots you need a paper brochure to tell you what sights you can’t miss and what restaurants you have to have lunch at. As if the place we’d be lunching was not already decided before we left (read on, guys, read on). The only photograph-able thing I found in the tourist information center were these cute tourist-y mugs. I used to collect the I ♥ T-shirts and use them as pajamas’s when I was a teen.

As if a – admittedly very modern – tourist information center wasn’t old time enough for you, we came across a deserted parking lot full of old timers. Now this is something I love. I couldn’t decided whether I want the red classic or green hot stuff, so I snapped a photo of each their nicest assets (Pretty face! Nice ass!) and moved on to something called a “fitness garden“. The fitness set-ups were dirty and broken so we quickly walked on to the next thing on our hike path: Hoge Duinen.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a green girl. My apartment is an urban jungle and when we travel we visit the local botanical garden (even in New York!). The Hoge Duinen were a welcome refreshment after aimlessly walking around Domburgs many residential areas and vacation homes. As if you are walking in the middle of the woods, while the hotels and beaches are only a few meters hundred meters away. Warning signs tell you to watch out for Bambi – who we unfortunately did not encounter – and other wildlife. The grasses were green and the wild flowers were beautifully in bloom.

Beach time! It was a cloudy day and the temperatures had dropped from a summery 27°C before the weekend to a mere 14°C on Sunday. As if that is going to stop me from running to the waterline and teasing the waves. I got my shoes wet and full of sand and the wind messed up my hair severely, but I had great fun acting like a 4-year-old with my sister.

Before heading back up to the town center I ran a few hundred meters away from my family just to snap a photo of these cute pastel beach houses. Just out of the frame was an elderly couple who did not know why on earth someone would want to take a picture of these old things. I guess they don’t have Instagram. After we walked back into the town, where all the shops are open on Sunday, my sister decided she had earned an ice cream for “all the hiking we did”. It were barely 5 kilometers, but sure, I ain’t saying no to ice cream! A scoop of classic raspberry sorbet with white chocolate ice cream from De Ijsvogel made a great appetizer before our lunch.

Even though every store and restaurant in Domburg is open on Sunday I had my mind set on pancakes and knew where to get them. On our way to Domburg we passed through the neighboring town Oostkapelle and I noticed my favorite chain: De Pannenkoekenbakker! Yes, My favorite restaurant is a pancake restaurant. Yes, I am 24 years old. I pinky swear I have a grown-up favorite too. It’s ‘t Lopen Vuurtje in Zoersel (Belgium). Especially their fall menu’s are amazing every year again! Anyway, pancakes in The Netherlands are a must and this chain offers so many varieties, sweet and sour, so there’s something for everyone. As always I chose a sweet apple, raisin and cinnamon sugar pancake. My moms is an apple-cherry combo and my sister (not pictures) choose a pancake with strawberries, powdered sugar and vanilla ice cream. Trying to eat the whole pancake is a challenge every time and sadly I couldn’t handle it this once.

We did a little shopping and went home in the afternoon so we could make a pit-stop in Veere before heading back to the campsite. It was nice to insert a spontaneous short getaway in-between my job search and job interviews. On to do more of those in the upcoming week! Enjoy the new week and see you soon!