The Dutch are often credited with being hard workers. They have the reputation of being frugal and practical. But on a recent visit in June, we learned that they also know how to relax.
For Amy’s Time to Relax theme this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, here’s my take on how the Dutch relax.
Head Out to Sea
Everybody needs a relaxation place to gather his strength now to give a better fight in tomorrow in the arena of life!― Mehmet Murat ildan
For hundreds of years, the Dutch have been seafaring people, so it’s no surprise that they head for their boats for some relaxation.
Have A Party In a Boat
Relax. No one else knows what they’re doing either.― Ricky Gervais
When the Dutch men in the boat spotted me with my camera, they waved and raised a bottle of beer in salute. We saw several “party” boats traversing the canals in Amsterdam, filled with friends, beer, and food.
Hang Out with Friends
Time passes so fast. Make time to be still.― Lailah Gifty Akita
Customers in this Dutch coffee shop have the option of sipping their lattes at tables inside the cafe or outside near the canals. They can also sit on the fire escape or on the roof.
Seize the Moment and Have Fun
Relax as a child, Collect your stress and hide
Relax that you can listen, the song which is hidden
Relax for a minute, hear the heart rhythm
Relax and find your soul to be part of divine― Swati Tyagi
These parents and children took advantage of a brief flash of sunshine to have fun on the grounds of the Kroëller-Muëller Sculpture Park in the Netherlands. This amazing museum and sculpture park houses the second largest collection in the world of Van Gogh’s works.
Be Curious and Explore
Make and take the time to relax, recharge, find your peace and look after yourself. Your life and everyone in it will be thankful you did.― Akiroq Brost
Once a year, owners of the canal houses in Amsterdam open their gardens to the public. We joined curious Amsterdamers and explored the gardens of these wonderful homes. Each garden was unique and provided a fascinating insight into the Dutch way of life.
Now it’s your turn. Where and how do you relax? Where are your favorite places to unwind? As you might have guessed, my favorite ways to relax are by taking photographs and exploring new places!
On Saturday, July 28th, Tina of Travels and Trifles will moderate the next Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
If you missed our initial challenge announcement, see the details here.
And finally, I’ll leave you with my wish for an inspiring week no matter where you are in the world!