During a visit to Amsterdam, my sister and I took a day trip out to Volendam, a fishing village in northwest Netherlands. There is a small harbor with beautiful boats and shopfronts facing the water. Volendam is a charming town to wander, and I particularly loved these outdoor cafes where the locals sat and enjoyed the beautiful day. The cafe above is attached to the Hotel Spaander and is situated across from Lake IJessel. Sometimes when life gets hectic, I imagine myself at one of these tables with a good friend and a glass of wine. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy the sweet, simple moments in life!