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Experiencing a Holiday at Sea with a Toddler

Join us as we follow Jacky and Dieuwertje in this guest blog during their delightful holiday at sea with their toddler, Mats!

Monday: Arrival at Qurios Bloemendaal aan Zee

Jack (Mr. Frown good looking alias daddy) and I set off for Qurios Bloemendaal aan Zee for a holiday at sea with our toddler, Mats. We had booked a cottage in the dunes a few months ago. The cottages at Qurios looked promising; new and directly at sea. The cottages come prepared with made beds, towels, and dishcloths, which is a bonus!

Tuesday: Exploring the Surroundings

With a little rain in the morning, we decided to explore our surroundings by car. We had lunch at Mr. Paprika in Haarlem, a toy store with a lunchroom and lots of entertainment for kids. As soon as the sun came out, we headed back to our cottage in the dunes. Mats enjoyed playing with his spade, bucket, and his new German friend while we relaxed on the comfortable lounge set outside.

Wednesday: Fun Fair in Haarlem

There’s always something to do in or around Bloemendaal! We visited a fun fair in Haarlem located on the Zaanenlaan. Mats had the time of his life and won his fair share of trumpery. After a busy day, Mats was in bed late around 21.00. “Is the sea still open mummy?” “No, unfortunately it’s closed, just like when it was raining”.

Thursday: Kiting on the Beach

We decided to take it slow. Kiting on the beach, a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and a slice of apple pie. After that, we went for a bite to eat in the park on Qurios. At 20.00 it’s Remembrance of the Dead. Two very defiant minutes to get through with a toddler; please be quiet. But it goes well! Until the last few seconds that is: “So, I’m almost done”. Thanks honey, good to know…

Friday: Liberation Day

Our check out day and it’s Liberation Day too. Since we’re close to Haarlem where a liberation festival is organized we definitely want to go. We arrange to see our niece and nephew again but this time with Aunt Aafje. At the end of the day, we return to Brabant. Lovely holiday, lovely park, lovely family. In conclusion, Qurios is most definitely a recommendation for a holiday at sea with a toddler!

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