Showing Amsterdam to Daniela

Daniela and meThe best thing about blogging is the contact with other women, especially (but not only) bloggers. One of my great fellow bloggers is Daniela, better known as Dan from the blog The Pretty Cute. She is a very elegant Italian lady who invited me to visit her in Italy. But as faith had it, she came to The Netherlands before I could book a flight. Of course one of my major “tasks” was showing Amsterdam to Daniela. After all, I had not been publishing all those posts about Amsterdam for nothing (see the tab Amsterdam at the top navigation of my blog).

The weather promised to be gorgeous: sunny and 25 degrees Celcius. A few hours before she landed, the forecast changed and we had sun, clouds and rain. Fortunately the temperature was still high. Rain is an unpredictable factor in The Netherlands. I would have liked some better cooperation, but alas.

We started in Haarlemmerstraat as we were quite early that day (also see post Shopping in Haarlemmerstraat): Amsterdam with Daniela (1a)It was so funny to hear her complain about how she looked on photos… Exactly the way I always complain. We see our own “flaws” so much more than other people do. In her eyes I am beautiful. In my eyes she is beautiful. Best to see yourself through the eyes of somebody else. 😆

We first had coffee at Il Tramezzino. A perfect cappuccino!! Dan and I are very fussy about our cappuccino, so I carefully selected Il Tramezzino, knowing their quality (no, they are not paying me for this review). Below: Dan in anticipation of her cappuccino. Amsterdam with Daniela (2) We walked on and found the beautiful steps with flowers you see in the top photo. Of course a perfect place for a photo session. We were both quite satisfied with the result.

And then it started to drizzle….. If you are wondering how two rather elegant ladies can look when it starts to rain…. the answer is: like bag ladies. See below:Amsterdam with Daniela (6)We killed ourselves laughing over it.

After Haarlemmerstraat, we went to the Nine Streets (see posts Shopping in the Nine Streets here and here). And got totally caught up in shopping, forgetting to take pictures. One perfect photo was made during lunch at Van Harte in the Hartenstraat, but you will find that photo at The Pretty Cute in two days. We agreed not to post the same photos as (of course) we are both blogging about the same days together.

After the Nine Streets, my lovely husband Ron waited for us with his boat in Prinsengracht, where we got on board. Unfortunately it had started to rain quite severely. To protect us, he had put up a giant umbrella, but rain and boating does not go well together. Poor soul:  he had cleaned the boat, “sailed” (it is a motor boat) it all the way to Prinsengracht, which takes about an hour, only to see us leave again when we went into the next canal. Because we decided to spend some time indoors at the Bag Museum. I will only give you one photo of a bag as an appetizer, as I will do a whole post about the bags in this perfect museum. Dan was thrilled to be there. SAM_4784_LRThey also have a lovely restaurant at the Bag Museum where I had my fourth cappuccino of the day and Dan tried to make some photos of my outfit with my camera. See the result below haha:Amsterdam with Daniela (7)Later that night I could show her where she went wrong with my camera and the next day all the photos were fine. She is a very diligent student. To show you my outfit, Ron took some pictures in our garden. See below. The black knitted sweater is longer at the back than the front. The grey trousers were turned down to elongate them and the ballerinas (by Jan Jansen) you have seen in my post of BarcelonaAmsterdam with Daniela (10)Below: of course I would have worn high heels with this outfit. Only I don’t think that is wise if I have to walk through a city all day. Daniela however, managed that perfectly well, claiming her heels were not high at all, they were very comfortable…..Amsterdam with Daniela (11)Below: as I have said in my post of last week… it is so nice to have generous friends… Dan gave me this necklace which she had made herself. I look a bit addled in this picture, but I am really pleased with it.Amsterdam with Daniela (12)Below: to end the day, we had a “rijsttafel (rice table)” at an Indonesian restaurant. Ron showed his creativity by photographing this bicycle through the window (pretty picture).Amsterdam with Daniela (8)

Amsterdam with Daniela (9)It is always a risk when you meet somebody whom you have never seen in person before. But Dan and I got on like a house on fire. We were so much alike, much more than I anticipated. We laughed and gigled for 3 days. There was never an awkward moment or a wrong word.

Next week you will see day two or the Bag Museum. Don’t know yet.


No Fear of Fashion




  1. 27 July 2014 / 20:32

    You both look fabulous and I loved the pictures and tour! Enjoyed the post!

    • Greetje
      27 July 2014 / 21:54

      Glad you did. My husband said he expected more. But I like to do three posts with the pictures. It is summertime. I have to be economic. LOL

  2. 27 July 2014 / 20:34

    You are both FABULOUS and i do hope to meet you both one day.
    You are coming to Málaga next ? LOl

    • Greetje
      27 July 2014 / 21:55

      Who knows? Life can be very unexpected.

  3. 27 July 2014 / 22:27

    Hi Greetje! Hi Dan! So lovely to see the two of you together!!! I think you two are a great bloggy buddy match! It was fun to follow you through the day, and that dinner looks fantastic!

    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 05:45

      And there is more to come. I am trying to “stretch” the material.

  4. Ann
    28 July 2014 / 06:45

    Well what can I say? You two together, having a great time. This is no surprise to me! I so much enjoy both of you and so fun to see you both together enjoying each others company.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 13:23

      Daniela is a fun person. We have so much more in common than I expected. It was a very relaxed visit.

  5. 28 July 2014 / 16:40

    Aw, Dan and Greetje, two of my favorites. I could imagine the fun you two had. The necklace she gifted to you is very pretty.

    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 17:34

      She always makes such beautiful necklaces. She made me one before, so this is the second one by her hand. Lucky me.

  6. 28 July 2014 / 17:10

    What fun!

    Love the shot of you two with the hats on! LOL

    You really did get some wonderful photos here.

    Eeek! I’m getting excited : )


    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 17:37

      Good!! It is a good thing you were not here today. It rained so hard that roads were closed, cellars were flooded and the elevators in our building got flooded. Crazy. And we Dutch are excellent water managers… so this was extreem.

  7. Rebecca
    28 July 2014 / 18:34

    How great is this to see two terrific women who met through the blogosphere actually having a wonderful visit together. Dan has made you another lovely beaded necklace to add to your collection.

    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 20:19

      Such an ever growing collection!! And yes, it was lovely to meet her.

  8. 28 July 2014 / 20:05

    I think you and Daniela showed yourselves to Amsterdam rather than the other way around! I can almost hear you giggling from here, especially as you neared your umpteenth cappuccino. The necklace Dan made you is beautiful. And your husband, what a trouper with the boat, although he looks like a king presiding over the table. I’m glad you enjoyed your day even with the rain. The bag museum must be a treasure.

    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 20:22

      You will see the Bag Museum in two weeks I think. As I will probably do “day2” next week. You would adore the Bag Museum. And I would love my husband to be less “kingish” but he has been wonderful. Kind and hospitable to Dan.

  9. 28 July 2014 / 21:31

    Hi, Greetje! I have seen your beautiful post today in the morning, but I was so emotioned I couldn’t comment! How many memories… Everything has been so special!! Your hospitality and the kindness of Ron is something I will not forget! I am waiting for you in Torino now!!

    unfortunately I haven’t worn the sunglasses we bought together yet, it’s raining here now!! 🙁

    • Greetje
      28 July 2014 / 22:12

      It has been pouring with rain here. Floading the roads and cellars. So glad it has not been this weather when you were here.
      I have thoroughly enjoyed your company and I am investigating whether work will allow me to come to Torino. You are a dear and I am still surprised that we are so much alike.

  10. Marianne
    29 July 2014 / 10:36

    Let us say that it was a wet but overall wonderful experience. Your first visit from another blogger and you did very well. Knowing you I didn’t expect anything else. I hope there are many more to come, so I can enjoy your stories. Great trousers by the way. You both looked wonderful, rain or no rain.

    • Greetje
      29 July 2014 / 12:13

      Especially wonderful with our rain hats on hahaha. Did not want to keep that photo from you. Coming weekend another blogger is arriving: Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files. Busy, busy, busy, but fun.

  11. 29 July 2014 / 14:20

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Such a pity that I did not get to meet Dan.. I’m still struggling with a really bad cold after my holiday….

    • Greetje
      29 July 2014 / 23:38

      I know dear. Sometimes our bodies just give up when we ask too much of it.

  12. 29 July 2014 / 15:33

    Blogger meet-ups are the best, as evidenced by your fun filled post. As always, you are the perfect Amsterdam tour guide and looks like Dan thought so too. The two of you look radiant together. Loved to see your husband included too.

    • Greetje
      30 July 2014 / 06:55

      Thanks Judith. Yes we had a really nice time.

  13. 29 July 2014 / 15:58

    Two wonderful ladies exploring the city – fabulous, Greetje! It really shows you had a great time together!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      30 July 2014 / 06:55

      And indeed we did.

  14. 29 July 2014 / 23:43

    How incredibly fun was this? Obviously it was and your photo’s certainly captured the joy the two of you were having. So glad to hear it all worked out for the two of you, despite mother nature’s interruptions, although I think the two of you look splendid in the rain.
    I absolutely adore your choice of outfit for the day with those grey trousers and fun black sweater and I think those trousers look fantastic with your flats, that’s actually how I would probably wear them all the time.

    • Greetje
      30 July 2014 / 06:59

      It wasn’t easy thinking up a summer outfit with flats which would blend with Dan’s style and which you had not seen ten times before. So I was quite proud of it. Especially because I could immediately incorporate the new necklace. Glad you like the outfit. And yes we had a wonderful time. Like you had with Jan.

  15. Happiness at Mid Life
    4 August 2014 / 01:56

    I agree that there’s always a risk of meeting someone IRL from the blogging world – but it seems to be paying dividends for you! I have met a couple of people and they have all been genuinely nice and I am so glad to have met them. Hopefully one day our paths will cross too.


    • Greetje
      4 August 2014 / 05:50

      Stranger things have happened Alice. Who knows?

  16. Elle
    5 August 2014 / 03:37

    On Greetje, it looks as though you and Dan were as thick as thieves ! love these photos of you together , in the rain, and after waiting for cappuccinos . Can’t wait to see the bags from the museum!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      5 August 2014 / 06:04

      It is always so nice to meet lovely people. And somehow bloggers are kindred souls. You might have to wait a bit for the bags from the museum. But I already did a second post about Dan’s visit. Did you see that too?

    • Greetje
      10 August 2014 / 20:51

      Thank you. Your blog looks fab too.

  17. Leanna
    9 November 2015 / 04:33

    I love your blog, Greetje. You and Dan clearly make a good, stylish team. Looking forward to your post on the Bag and Purse Museum. I was in Amsterdam for a short visit recently and that was at the top of my list of things to see in the limited time I had.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *