Amsterdam and Haarlem with Daniela

SAM_4903_LROn day two of her visit, I explored Amsterdam and Haarlem with Daniela. Well… explored…the weather was unkind and forced us to sit inside a lot. Lots of rain showers. We started in Amsterdam, near the Amstel and Staalstraat, where Waterloo square is.

Below: Daniela and the Amstel.
SAM_4893_LRBelow: lots of bicycles. A phenomenon which had to be photographed.SAM_4895_LRAfter our cappuccino we first went to Droog, a very nice design shop. Have a look at their webshop, they really have cool stuff. The photograph at the top of the page was taken there.

Below: Droog also has a pop-up store in their premises. This time by Ace & Tate, a Dutch brand of sun glasses. As Daniela said: “We need these”. I fully agreed and was right:  I got a compliment from my husband. He thinks my new glasses are very good.SAM_4914_LRBelow: Daniela added these beautiful glasses to her vast collection. Doesn’t she look like Sophia Loren?SAM_4913_LRBelow: the “garden” / courtyard of Droog. Very pretty. Daniela was wearing one of her gorgeous dresses which made me panic that morning, thinking “what can I pull out of the closet???” Fortunately my new top from Max Mara created a new combination with flat shoes. The trousers are blue, seen here and here.SAM_4920_LRBelow: in this dress she blends in nicely with the gardenSAM_4924_LR


SAM_4923_LRBelow: time for another cappuccino and lunch. With a view on a canal (hard to avoid in Amsterdam).SAM_4927_LRBelow: Daniela photographed me from behind while I went to photograph the cat that was lying on the bench. See the scalloped wrap of the top?SAM_4928_LR

SAM_4926_LRBelow: and it started to rain… sigh. We were compelled to spending 2 hours underneath a sun screen, chatting and eating terrific apple cake. In hindsight those were fantastic hours, talking as if we knew each other a long time.SAM_4934_LRBelow: the rain stopped and it seemed like a good idea to drive back to Haarlem, so I could show her my home town with all its little shops. Wrong decision. ….. As we arrived it started raining in Haarlem….. sigh. Again more cappuccino.SAM_4937_LRBelow: fortunately the rain didn’t last long and the Haarlem tour commenced.SAM_4947_LRBelow: visiting Anja, my friend and neighbour (three doors down), who has a blog, called Curly Traveller. Anja is the one who (years ago) alerted me to Sylvia’s site: 40+Style. Look at them… aren’t they sweet and elegant? (And colour coordinated by accident.)SAM_4950_LRMy return visit to Daniela in Italy is scheduled for the end of August.


No Fear of Fashion




  1. 3 August 2014 / 18:03

    Both of you look awesome. I wear a style much like yours a lot and I really like your necklace! I have enjoyed the posts featuring both of you!

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 21:05

      That necklace Pam, was a surprise buy years ago and it never gets old. So happy with it.
      I think the style of my outfit in this post is classic.

  2. 3 August 2014 / 18:28

    You both look very chic, particularly love your red bag Greetje. The day looks to have been lovely, rain and all! Like you say, it gave you a chance to just ‘be’. Sometimes when visitors come, there is so much doing, because, of course we want to see all the new sights…but there really isn’t anything better than slowing down and savoring time well spent chatting over coffee with a kindred spirit! Lucky you, off to Italy soon! Can’t wait to read about that visit too!

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 21:07

      I adore Italy. And the outlet Dan is going to take me too….. A whole town with putlet shops by Armani, Max Mara, Gucci, Moschino …. You name it… I will go wild.
      Oh yes …. and of course see all the lovely ancient buildings haha.

  3. Marianne
    3 August 2014 / 18:45

    Like Always another great story. You both look great .I liked your blouse even more, especially when I saw the back .. Daniela’s dress would be my choice to wear, because it is not tailored. I think you should have bought a pair of fashionable rainboots instead of sunglasses. But that is me. Not that I don’t like your sunglasses because you know I am a big fan of big glasses. Oh you are so Lucky to go to Italy, time for even better capuccino’s.

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 21:09

      No better cappuccinos than in Italy itself. And a whole town with outlet stores by Armani, Max Mara etc…. Yeeha!

  4. 3 August 2014 / 18:54

    Lovely pics, you both look gorgeous! Do you ever ‘do’ vintage? I love vintage but sometimes it’s harder for the more mature lady to pull off so I would appreciate some tips.

    I picked up a gorgeous seersucker jacket the other day in Delft, it was a bargain! It’s by Edgar Vos and exquisitely made. I just have to figure out how to style it!

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 21:13

      Thank you Angela. I am not an expert on vintage but there are a few good shops in Haarlemmerstraat / Haarlemmerdijk (see the post ai did on that street in the top navigation of my blog. Under the tab Amsterdam).
      Of course the better situated areas like The Hague and Haarlem / Heemstede, get good merchandise of the richer ladies from f.i. Wassenaar and Aerdenhout. You have to have the “eye” to spot the right things. Some people can style nearly anything. I cannot. Sigh. Unfortunately.

  5. 3 August 2014 / 18:55

    Lovely photos! I am so glad the weather eventually turned out better and sunny.
    The scenery, restaurants and shops look great.
    And I am happy for your upcoming visit to Italy!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 21:15

      As Sue said, sometimes just sitting and talking can be the best. So we didn’t mind the rain after all. It was just a shame the first day when Ron picked us up with his boat and it rained. The upside of that was we got to see the bag museum.

  6. 3 August 2014 / 19:28

    Haha. I have to say it looks like you were eating apple cake and chatting with the cat for two hours, and there’s poor Daniela saying, hey, what about me? Great shot. In fact, your photography is stunning – there is so much light, they suck me right it with their openness.

    Ah, rain, all the more reason to chat and drink more, but you both scored some wonderful sunglasses. Yes, I see Sophia Loren as well, but you both look dazzling. I like the scallop of your top.

    The canals you have there are so beautiful, the architecture, the shops, the bicycles. Your country is magnificent. Did you know that your country exports more agricultural products than Canada? We really need to up our game here.

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 21:23

      Canada has 35 million inhabitanrs and The Netherlands 16 million. Canada however ihas a surface of10 million kilometers and The Netherlands 41.000 kilometers …… We are very small. I have no idea how I do my photos haha. Just set it on automatic and add a little light with Lightroom. That is it.
      Thanks for all the compliments. Much appreciated. And yes, our cities are really nice. You have nature, we have urban.

  7. 3 August 2014 / 21:31

    Rain has the ability to put a damper on things. But it looks like you two tackled the weather just fine. I noticed that the people still wore shorts. Is the weather still warm despite the rain?

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 22:01

      oh yes, it is still 26-30 degrees Celcius here. Something which we are not used to at all. But still much better than in your neck of the woods.

  8. 3 August 2014 / 21:50

    Pictures are deceiving because it seems as though you had a glorious day with beautiful weather. The beauty of both Amsterdam and Haarlem and your beautiful selves still shines through!

    • Greetje
      3 August 2014 / 22:04

      Well, it didn’t rain all the time and the temperature was fine. As we didn’t have anywhere specific to go to, we decided not to walk in the rain but just wait till it passed. Which it did of course. Enough moments for glorious weather photos.

  9. 3 August 2014 / 22:31

    It is so nice for me to relive the second day together in Amsterdam, Greetje! Yes the weather wasn’t very good but it didn’t ruined my fantastic holiday! And besides I love chatting in a cafe’. I am fond of design and so I enjoyed our visit to Droog , it’s a very interesting place, and they have a lovable garden…Anja is a very friendly, sweet girl and we have been spending an amusing evening together…
    I hope that it will be sunny in Italy at the end of August as we are having a very unusual rainy ( and cold ) weather this summer. In any case…everything is ready here for your coming and, rain or sun, we will find something interesting to do!!

    • Greetje
      4 August 2014 / 05:55

      As a friend of mine said: “just find some design rain boots” (as a matter of fact I own a pair of Lacoste rubber boots haha). I am a much better dresser for temperatures around 20 degrees than 27. We will see ….. Looking forward to my visit.

    • 6 August 2014 / 12:33

      Tx, Dan, it was very nice to meet you too and boy, we had to laugh about all those animal videos, right? Funny and cute!
      Oh, and thanks for calling this oldie ‘girl’…hahaha…that makes me feel young right away!

  10. Happiness at Mid Life
    4 August 2014 / 01:52

    Both of you ladies looking so pretty and the rain did not affect you two from having a great day. I really like the tulip open back top you are wearing. The necklace and purse adds a great addition of color.


    • Greetje
      4 August 2014 / 05:56

      It is a simple method, adding colour with necklace and bag. If I have learned anything from blogging, it is this.

  11. Ann
    4 August 2014 / 05:13

    I can barely contain myself, both of you touring around having a good time! Each of you picked some great new sunglasses and both look elegant and attractive. Greeje you appear to be a fine host. Look forward to seeing your trip to visit Dan.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      4 August 2014 / 06:01

      First you will probably see a post of Suzanne Carillo visitiing The Netherlands. As Sylvia of 40+Style is here, and Anja and me, it will be a great bloggers get-together. Four bloggers at one time.

    • Greetje
      4 August 2014 / 19:56

      Thank you very much. I aim to please.

  12. 6 August 2014 / 12:28

    What a lovely read, Greetje. Nice pics of you and Dan and of Amsterdam and Haarlem. You sure hit it of, the two of you. Wonderful! How cool that you are gonna repay the visit so soon.
    That cat is adorable, so full of trust with it’s belly up.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2014 / 22:54

      You know how much we love cats…. Whenever there is one around….

  13. 7 August 2014 / 19:37

    What a pair of beauties. You are so right, she’s a Sophia Loren look-alike … so sweet, too, I’ll bet! You look fabulous yourself. White top is so on the money … very cool to add the red bits.
    You know I eat these travel posts up like candy … I’m so glad to be able to catch up, sweet Greetje!

    • Greetje
      8 August 2014 / 08:11

      Yippee you are back again. Thanks for commenting. Yes, the days with Daniella were lovely. I am looking forward to meeting her again at the end of August when I am going to visit her in Italy. But before that you will see a report on meeting Suzanne Carillo who is in The Netherlands at the moment. Fuel for you.

  14. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    7 August 2014 / 19:48

    Wow thanks for sharing images from your city tour with Daniela (love her dress!)…..lovely ladies with lovely weather!!!


    • Greetje
      8 August 2014 / 08:12

      Well… It did rain, but at those moments we just ducked and had more cappuccinos.

  15. 7 August 2014 / 23:12

    Great photos Greetje. You both look fabulous but I’m in love with Dan’s beautiful dress!

    • Greetje
      8 August 2014 / 08:14

      Yes, that dress is right up your alley. She has a couple of asymmetric dresses too.

  16. 8 August 2014 / 23:17

    What fun photos! You both look radiant.

    • Greetje
      9 August 2014 / 07:48

      You now recognize these places as you walked there yourself. Funny.

  17. Elle
    9 August 2014 / 19:59

    Love this part 2 installment!
    You managed the trifecta for we ladies: shopping, sight seeing, and lots of caffiene!
    So glad the rain made you stop to enjoy one another’s company without those delightful distractions! I love the scalloped back on that blouse Greetje, and the fabulous necklace out in the open air, really compliments that outfit. Dans dress is indeed stunning; great print and color combination.
    SO please to read and see for myself that you two had so much fun!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      10 August 2014 / 20:50

      And when will we meet??? Perhaps next year? Perhaps I need to come over to New York and we’d invite Trina too?

  18. Selina
    11 January 2016 / 21:40

    I love it when cats stroll up to a restaurant, shop or cafe and take a nap somewhere comfy. So cute

    • Greetje
      11 January 2016 / 22:13

      Ha, you found the posts. Yes I have a big love for cats too. We have a dog and a cat at home.

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