Isabel Marant necklaceThere it is, my Isabel Marant necklace, present from Ron when we were in Maastricht. It is such an unusual thing. The cream leather strings can move up and down and by doing so, the golden part in the middle will sit lower or higher on your body. I fell in love with it. As the jeweller (Clio) gave details about the necklace, in my mind I could see the price going up and up. Turned out it was affordable. I was ready to purchase when Ron beat me to it. View Post

Red sweater and a green faux fur coatCatherine of Not Dressed as Lamb was in town. A blogger whom I have been following since 2012 and whom I met twice before. What to wear?? Would a red sweater and a green faux fur coat go together? These choices were practical. I needed something casual to go with sneakers as it was wet and very windy. I didn’t want to risk any of my lovely leather shoes in the rain. And the faux fur coat might not be an obvious choice (rain and hairy things??) but it has a hood. With the fierce wind an umbrella would be useless. That is how the outfit came together.  View Post

Shopping Sunday in AmsterdamWe, the Shopping Saturday girlfriends, hadn’t seen each other for quite a while. Holidays and work got in way, so we decided to change our outing to Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam. In the Nine Streets to be precise. Still one of the loviest areas of Amsterdam. I already wrote two posts on this area in 2013, here and here. And also one in 2016. Some shops have disappeared over the years, others are there to stay and new shops join.

We didn’t have much time and in the Nine Streets the shops are open on a Sunday from 12 o’clock. So we gathered for coffee at 11. View Post

Cruising Amsterdam by boatMy blog is strictly a hobby. Nothing commercial on it as I haven’t got the time nor need to deal with advertisements or sponsors. With this post I am going to make one exception. For my husband Ron, the man who takes the best pictures of me for this blog and finds the best backgrounds. That is fair, don’t you think? A little barter deal? Holiday pictures next week.

Ron has a small business in the summer, cruising Amsterdam by boat with paying clients. He also teaches them how to manoevre the motor boat and let his clients steer. Of course only if they want to. Children are always eager to steer the boat, but he has had some keen and even quite good adult co-captains as well. You can read all the information, prices and way to reserve a tour on his website: www.amsterdamboatcompany.com

You are about to see many photos of a boat tour we went on last weekend. This time not with paying guests but with friends. It will give you an idea.
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Van Gogh spencerAs I said last week, it has been a month of only nice things. Boat tours (2), dinners (numerous), meeting friends (old and new ones) and on a sunny Saturday: a visit to the Amsterdam Noordermarkt. One of our favourite Saturday morning outings. This is a market exclusively selling biological, organic etc food. You will find any kind of food there, from normal (but beautiful) vegetables to home-made honey. Besides the food, there is a lovely part brocante (nearly antique or not even close), jewellery and specialties. And I found myself a specialty (see the picture above and more about that later). View Post