Living in the Netherlands, or anywhere else in Europe for that matter, means that you are never far away from a castle, a mansion or a stately home of some sort. Often built in the middle of green, woody areas, it’s always very pleasant to spend an afternoon at one of these historical buildings, especially when you have loads of catching up to do with one of your besties who you don’t get see often as she lives abroad. Always up for a bite at a special venue, we went on our way to the little village of Amerongen, NL.
I can easily name four castles within half an hour driving distance from where I live (yes, I’m bragging here… 😉 ) but I had never been to Castle Amerongen, situated in the heart of our country. The castle dates back to the 13th century, and has been destroyed and rebuild quite a few times over the centuries. Nowadays, you can visit the castle and its gardens, you can get married here, or you can have a drink at the atmospheric castle café that’s situated in what used to be the stables.
We had booked a high tea (well, the Dutch version of it, I’m not sure if the British would approve, but if you don’t tell, we won’t either) but we couldn’t resist starting with a bit of sparkle to celebrate our reunion. We then continued with tea like well-behaved young ladies do.
You can really taste the difference; it’s much richer and more layered than the average tea from the supermarket. This tea is worthy of a posh little pinky.
The scones were tasty, but I must hand it to the British; their clotted cream is way better. The Dutch one doesn’t come close. Ask a random Dutch person in the street and they wouldn’t even be able to tell you what clotted cream is. Or just ask me, because I don’t know what exactly it is either, apart from tasty. That I do know.
After all these rather calorific delights, we ended on a healthy note with honey dripped fresh fruit. Dig in!
I couldn’t resist posing in front of the castle, wearing my new booties
Then the silliness kicked in, the late afternoon sun gave us both giraffe legs, so we played around with the camera a for bit. Laughing together like the schoolgirls we were when we met, made us realize that even though we don’t speak to each other as often as we want to, it’s all good on the rare occasions that we do see each other.