Pentecost weekend camping and castle hunting

The Nijenhuis Castle

I take a bit of a break from my Tuscany series and bring back a bit of Dutch flavor to my post.

Two weekends ago, we had this long weekend due to the observance of Pentecost. The Dutch may not be that religious but there are a few Church holidays where an extra day of holiday is observed the following day such as Christmas (Second Christmas Day), Easter (Second Easter Day) and Pentecost (Second Pentecost Day).

The Pentecost weekend had the best weather we ever saw this year with summery temperature that hit beyond 30 degrees Celsius. After the wet, grey and chilly spring, we were just so glad to finally be able to get rid of our coats and wear light clothing and to be able to enjoy sunshine to our hearts’ content. We opted to go camping and put to test the new tent which we were pretty curious to check out. Our old tent suffered irreparable from the mistral last year when we camped in the South of France.

We camped in Heidepark, Lemelerveld which was about an hour’s drive from our place. No special reason to choosing this camping place except that it was a good distance away from home and that there was also a pool which the little girl was so excited about.

I love combining such an adventure with castle hunting and in this country, it is not impossible to find a castle that is within easy reach. The Nijenhuis Castle proved to be a good choice because it had a wonderful sculpture garden and amazing collection of contemporary Dutch art as well. The sculpture garden was a big hit with the little girl who found it a wonderful place to explore and simply perfect for hide-and-seek.

Father and daughter outside our tent

Improvised skipping rope game

Playground at the camping site

This rabbit from another tent charmed her straight away

The rabbit and the little girl

This little girl braved the chilly waters of this unheated pool

Father and daughter at the pool

Father and daughter at the pool


The Nijenhuis Castle

Another angle of the castle

The Nijenhuis Castle

The Nijenhuis Castle

The little girl enjoyed picking the little white daisies to make little bouquets

The little girl and the castle

The sculpture garden… the little girl and me were fascinated by the strange guy with the long moustache which was groomed in a very peculiar way

Father and daughter

Me behind the camera

Me and my little girl

Our family

Artwork at the sculpture garden turned plaything for the little girl

Perfect for climbing

The sculpture garden with the well-known piece of Queen Wilhelmina (grandmother of Queen Beatrix) in the distance

Our family

Our family

The little girl spent so much time coming up with leis made from flowers and twigs

Perfect place for running around and hide-and-seek

Rhododendrons in full bloom at the castle grounds

Pink rhododendron

Pink rhododendron

Pink rhododendrons

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Inside the castle

Lunch of tomato soup

and freshly baked breads

About Malou
I'm a mom to a five-year old little girl with interest in cooking, baking, traveling and photography. Castles and palaces are special favorites so when weather permits for a good walk on weekends, me, hubby and little girl are always out for a bit of adventure.

67 Responses to Pentecost weekend camping and castle hunting

  1. Such marvelous photos, malou…thank you so for the lovely tour!

    BTW, she grows so much more beautiful with every new post.

  2. beatrix mana says:

    Thank you Malou for sharing I enjoyed your photos and the tour.

  3. It looks like you took full advantage of the nice weather. What an impressive tent! Looks very sturdy :-)

    Thanks for sharing, Malou!

    • Malou says:

      When the weather is warm, we have to take advantage of that. The tent was wonderful, lots of space for us. Our little girl can hardly wait for the real summer holidays to start where we will be camping for 3 weeks. ;-)

  4. Fairy tale photos :-) So beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing, Malou

  5. I loved the picture of little girl running down the dirt road! And, I had a pet rabbit when I was a kid and so did my daughter!

  6. John says:

    Beautiful photography of fabulous locations ~ as always! Always enjoy your website so much. :)

  7. I loved your post! Your pictures are amazing and you can see how much fun you all had. What a terrific experience. Thank you so very much for sharing!

  8. Looks like such a wonderful trip!

  9. namitasunder says:

    loved this trip…..lovely pics….the castle ,so elegant .the flowers ,the garden….how refreshing and your little girl…..she tops the list.

  10. avian101 says:

    Wonderful pictures Malou, you visit the most colorful places! :)

  11. That first picture of the castle is absolutely stunning!

  12. Sally says:

    Hi Malou. I love reading your blog and I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award – though I would be surprised if you haven’t received it already – check out for info if not. Congrats!

  13. Beautiful photos as always.

  14. Mike Sinnott says:

    Beautiful castle and grounds. Love the visit inside the castle, nice collection.

  15. Michael Zoll says:

    Sehr schön wieder!

    Grüsse aus Berlin,


  16. Don says:

    As always just enjoy your posts. That tent of yours really looks good.

  17. Malou, your the best…I enjoy enjoy your adventures with your family…

  18. Amy says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos of the castle, Malou! Love the photos showing your daughter sitting by the castle.

  19. Great photos Malou. What brand of tent is that? It’s huge!

  20. viveka says:

    Wonderful photo – great weather, beautiful castle, gorgeous flowers and a nice little family – perfect days away. You take such fantastic photo, Malou – you have to come to Landskrona at visit our castle – and the sandy beaches only 5 min walk away. Thanks for sharing with me.

  21. What a beautiful day! Lovely window into your world so far from here.

  22. I love the journey you always give me every time I see a new post :) And you’re daughter is too cute!! HAHA!

  23. Johanna says:

    Hi Malou,
    Nice post; it reminded me so much of home. I grew up behind Castle Twickel and occasionally climbed the fence and snooped around in its park around the castle. Pentecost days were the time to go on a bicycle trip with my friends and we would bike to Rijssen or the pool in Boekelo and spend the day, all while still in our elementary school days. We had so much freedom then and parents were not as concerned or focused on us kids. We mostly entertained ourselves.
    You have a beautiful daughter.

  24. kentiki says:

    What a wonderful place! Your daughter with the bunny is priceless.

  25. dorannrule says:

    A grand tour Malou! And your little girl is lovely, along with the camping trip and the gorgeous views of the castle.

  26. scroungelady says:

    Have your daughter in more castle and landscape photos. They are exceptional.

  27. Reggie says:

    Utterly enchanting, Malou. Your little girl is adorable – love the picture of her with the bunny, and of the two of you. Beautiful!

  28. machisan says:

    I love your photos , wonderful tour. your daughter is beautiful.

  29. What a great weekend! And yes… that bunny on a leash takes the cake!

  30. What a superb castle to visit! Not only do I love the pictures of it but I loved seeing all the beautiful purple flowers (since purple is my favorite color)! They brightened my dreary weather day we are having here.

  31. Great pictures! The castle is amazing. Looks like a wonderful weekend.

  32. What another lovely adventure.. that looks like the perfect tent to go camping in and the grounds around quite manicured as well. I love that you find castles everywhere and I really loved the red furniture playground.. it reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland! Beautiful photos of your family, Malou!

  33. chrisstov says:

    Such wonderful holiday pictures of flowers and castle, thank you.

  34. Thank you for your beautiful images and words always! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! Blessings, Erin

  35. silvachiqa says:

    Beautiful photos and stories, your camp site is exquisite, like a 5 star outdoor hotel:) thanks again for sharing your lovely blog.

  36. newbiepics says:

    very beautiful pics, I love the way you captured the castle :)

  37. varadaparag says:

    Beautiful photo album..beautiful family !

  38. lulu says:

    Looks like a perfect place for a little princess to have lots of fun.

  39. Malou, I always love reading your blog. It lets me be a world traveler from my deck! Your photos are fantastic. Because I do enjoy it so, I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award for informative, illuminating blog content. I know that not everyone participates in awards, but if it is for you the details can be found at :

  40. Anissa Mathias says:

    You take breath-taking pictures. I would have loved growing up seeing castles and the other sites you have seen.

  41. BeingMama says:

    Hi Malou, I really enjoy reading your blog and the beautiful photography of your lovely family. I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. If you decide to participate, you can find out what to do here:

  42. Joy on a Shoestring says:

    What a lovely post and blog! Thanks for sharing.

  43. Dave says:

    Hi, Malou! Your life is so refreshing to me. I feel like I have traveled the world.

  44. goyavier says:

    Beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing, Malou! I was so happy to see this post because I love camping and I miss my native Europe (I am from France). The climbing structure is amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it! I want one for my backyard! And thank you for liking my swiss meringue recipe!

  45. G says:

    such a nice family time. thanks for sharing.

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  47. fiztrainer says:

    You have such a beautiful family! I love your photos :D

  48. ShimonZ says:

    Beautiful pictures as always, but I especially liked the camping set up… because it reminded me of camping I used to do when the children were little. I’ve been quite busy lately, and so put some posts aside to look at them later. Usually, when I do that, I don’t comment… but this was so enjoyable…

  49. torivictoria says:

    Beautiful photographs, beautiful family, beautiful country.

  50. Dawn says:

    I love the shots of the sculpture garden! I haven’t been to too many, I suppose there either aren’t many around here where I am. The last one I was in was in New Orleans – but kids certainly weren’t permitted to climb around! What fun your daughter must have had!

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