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

Boat tour through Amsterdam, Anne and meMy husband Ron has a company, taking people on a boat tour through Amsterdam. He teaches them how to navigate the boat (if they want to) and shows the sights. More information on amsterdamboatcompany.com if you forgive me this blatant advertising haha. I want to promote his business because he really enjoys doing this. As he gets 5 out of 5 stars ratings, I can only conclude, so do his customers.

When Anne and Kirk contacted me they were spending a week in Amsterdam, could we meet, Ron immediately suggested to take them on a boat tour. Which they gladly accepted. I know Anne and Kirk from their blog Music and Markets Tours. They take travelers on exciting explorations of life and music in Europe. They are in Europe (and Amsterdam) many times. Anyway… as it so happened the week they were in Amsterdam was chockablock for me. All lovely outings and dinners, but hardly any time left. Fortunately we agreed on the Saturday and fortunately the sun was shining that day. View Post

Blue pencil skirtOh yes, talking, talking, talking. I am famous for talking. People sometimes avoid me because I talk so much. Anyway, last Wednesday I met Sylvia of 40+Style and Carin (follow her on Instagram: @catoinamsterdam). Of course it was hell to select an outfit, knowing you meet two fashion belles. I also wanted to twist Sylvia’s arm for taking blogpost photos. As I have been showing a lot of trousers lately, I decided on this blue pencil skirt. Rather formal, but I know I look good in a pencil skirt, so who cares. View Post

Shopping Leidsestraat AmsterdamWhen you are really broke and addicted to buying clothes (as I am), the last thing you need is a day in Amsterdam with your two friends who love shopping just as much as you do. But, I was still on holiday (which means I am in a merry spirit), the date was set months ago and I also love to be with my friends. You will remember Anke and Sabine as you have seen them many times before, on our Shopping Saturday tours. This time we went shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam. We hadn’t been there yet. More about the outfit above at the end of the post. View Post

Max Mara jeans dressA week ago I took the Friday off and Ron and I headed to Amsterdam. I wore my Max Mara jeans dress but this time as a jacket (versatile piece). It is always a pleasure to be in Amsterdam and this time it was especially nice as we visited the jeweller. Yay. While walking through the city we both took pictures. Me for this post and Ron for the site of his new enterprise: showing tourists Amsterdam from the water and teaching them how to navigate his boat. Read all about it on www.amsterdamboatcompany.com (I will do a post on such a tour when it is warm enough…). View Post