One of my favorite things of living in a city is discovering new places every day. The gem I’m sharing with you today is one I pass every day on my way to work, yet only discovered when I decided to take an alternative route a few weeks ago. I was intrigued by a wonderfully ornamented gate, and decided to check it out on Google when I was home. The gate turns out to be the entrance of Schoonoord Gardens, a tiny, historical garden hidden between a park and fancy street.
On a lazy Sunday afternoon I decided to grab my bike and pay the garden a visit. How lovely it turned out to be! Unfortunately the weather was a bit unpredictable (#dutchproblems) but the beautiful trees gave me cover. Schoonoord reminds me of that other beautiful garden, Trompenburg, only more compact. There’s a tiny path you can follow that leads around a lake, there are plenty of great benches to sit down with a book and the tulip garden in the middle of the park looked super instagrammable this time of year.
Only a short bike-ride away from my home I’m sure I’ll give the Schoonoord gardens another visit soon. If you find yourself in Rotterdam I recommend a quick visit: the entry is free and it’s situated right next to Het Park, a giant park that is a great hang-out/barbecue spot in Spring and Summer.