Bloggers get together part two

Photo by Anja the Curly Traveller (11)_LRThings can go a bit crazy when you put four bloggers together who are mad about clothes. OK fair enough, this was not my idea; crazy Anja and Suzanne came up with it and I played along. Reluctantly, I will admit, as there wasn’t anything flattering for me in the clothes box, being a size larger than the other three. The photos in this bloggers get together part two, are taken mostly on the Saturday (see part one here). Taking advantage of the weather (and my husband), we went for a boat cruise through Amsterdam. Always fun.

But let’s start with a few days earlier, when we had dinner in Anja’s garden. Suzanne had whipped up a delicious salad with cheese and strawberries and whatyounots. She made us a different salad a few days later and a chocolate /avocado mousse as desert. Man… that girl can cook. I would keep her on just for that.

Photo by Anja the Curly Traveller (9)_LRBelow: OK, another crazy photo, with moustaches this time. Don’t ask me why, just for fun.Photo by Anja the Curly Traveller (10)_LRThe photo sessions with other dresses and wigs, turned out especially good for Sylvia. Anja and Suzanne wanted to see what Sylvia would look like in Anja’s clothes. I can tell you: very good, but I will leave it to Sylvia to post that on her own blog (40+Style). We hurried to clear everything up (clothes everywhere..!!!) and drove to Amsterdam, where my sweet husband Ron was waiting for us with his boat. Luckily we had so much better weather than a couple of weeks before, when Ron did the same for Daniela of the Pretty Cute (see post about her visit here).

Below: what do bloggers do when they get together? They all bring their cameras and they take pictures. All of the time. “Now with my camera….”. Asking strangers: “Sir… can you take a picture of the four of us? Yes please, with all four cameras”. Actually, that last request, we only dared asking Ron.Bloggers get together part 2 (11)Below: here is Ron, the captain.Bloggers get together part 2 (2)Below: Suzanne gave him a peck on the cheek as a thank you for cruising us around Amsterdam. Don’t worry, it was just a small peck and we were all supervising.Bloggers get together part 2 (12)Below: Sylvia.Bloggers get together part 2 (5)Below: dog Charlie doesn’t like cruising with the boat (poor Ron), so she spent the whole trip on our lap, mostly Anja’s lap, being cuddled all the time.Bloggers get together part 2 (3)Below: now for some views of Amsterdam… to start with, the Amstel (the big water way Amsterdam was named after). Bloggers get together part 2 (4)Below: no idea where this is. It is one of the big canals. Could be Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht. They are all this pretty.Bloggers get together part 2 (13)Below: Grimburgwal. See my post on this area Bloggers get together part 2 (14)Below: again Grimburgwal.Bloggers get together part 2 (15)Below: there are many, many batchelor parties going on in Amsterdam. I bet you this young man is going to be married within a week.Bloggers get together part 2 (7)Below: we cruised a little bit in the red light district but didn’t take any pictures (best not…if you know what I mean). but it is a pretty area. A bit like Venice.Bloggers get together part 2 (6)Below: then Ron dropped us off at Prinsengracht, where we climed up the quay and did some salad shopping at the Lindengracht market. Suzanne is picking out the ingredients for the Sunday meal. Small detail… we lost half the shopping as we were talking too much and didn’t pay enough attention on how many bags we were supposed to have….Bloggers get together part 2 (16)Below: we probably left the shopping at Winkel, corner of Westerstraat and Noordermarkt, where they have the best apple cake. Sylvia and I shared one and divided it in two to be sure neither of us ate more (remember Dan? I told them your joke). The necklace I am wearing was a present from Sylvia.applecake with SylviaBelow: talking about necklaces…. these two were gifts from Suzanne. She made them herself. I can highly recommend having other bloggers over. It pays off  hahaha.Necklaces SuzanneBelow: after the shopping we got back on board and Ron took us to a restaurant, Pont 13, which is in a former ferry boat.As I said, Ron had to take pictures of us with four cameras. There was a lot of metal in the restaurant. Which figures as it was a boat, but that is pretty bad for the acoustic. The menu was small but the food excellent. Really good.SuanneWeek-156_LR

Below: my camera was clearly focussing on the thing behind Sylvia.Bloggers get together part 2 (1)Below: Sylvia and me goofing around.output_5h81ljBelow: on our way home we had to put on a jacket.Bloggers get together part 2 (8)

The next day, Sunday, the weather was unpredictable, so we all went to a museum: Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Well worth the visit.

Below: we started taking pictures outside where we had lovely backgrounds. Me, Anja and Suzanne.Bloggers get together part 2 (10)Below: for fear of lawsuits I will not publish too many pictures of the art. But we couldn’t resist this: a black and white art work (forgive me… I don’t know the artist), and me, dressed in black and white.Photo by Anja the Curly Traveller (17)_LRBelow: this is a mural by Karel Appel. Me, Sylvia and Suzanne.Photo by Anja the Curly Traveller (15)_LRWell fooks… that is the end of the bloggers getting together. Hope you enjoyed it.

Some photos were taken by me, some by Anja of the blog Curly Traveller en some by Sylvia of 40+Style. I have no photos yet of Suzanne (of Suzanne Carillo Style Files) who lost her suitcase on the way back to Canada. I just learned yesterday that she has it back..  what a relief. The camera and new clothes were in it.

Next week the start of a new series: Street Style women over 40.


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  1. Happiness at Mid Life
    17 August 2014 / 08:49

    You ladies looked like you had a blast! I love all the candid shots. Thank you so much for sharing Greetje – I really enjoy seeing bloggers meeting in real life.


    • Greetje
      17 August 2014 / 14:01

      Candid shots are the best, aren’t they? They give you sincerity, which is something everybody likes. And yes, we had a blast.

  2. Sharon Daly
    17 August 2014 / 16:36

    I just love searing you having such fun in beautiful Amsterdam!

    • Greetje
      17 August 2014 / 16:48

      Thanks Sharon. Yes it does show, doesn’t it? We had a ball.

  3. 17 August 2014 / 19:28

    I’m in love with this post. There is something so beautiful about female friendships. Sylvia has such a lovely smile. Suzanne has quite a gift. Her necklaces remind me of Marni designs…very organic.
    You ladies sure do know how to live it up!

    • Greetje
      17 August 2014 / 21:20

      I would say: life is a blast right now. I am really enjoying it.

  4. 17 August 2014 / 19:33

    You guys, it looks like you had a crazy fun time! I would have been exhausted but at least with a smile permanently creased into my face. Your previous get-together post was excellent, but this one tops it. By the way, I really love the photo of you in your high top shoes with your striped jacket – excellent outfit. Of course, everyone is Dressed! And your playtime outfits and photos are fantastic.

    Extra points for Captain Ron. It was lovely that you could go for a boat ride after being rained out last time. And your city, one couldn’t hope for a better backdrop. Thanks for sharing your happy days with us!

    • Greetje
      17 August 2014 / 21:24

      You are all about dressing up haha, so I am not surprised you like the playtime photos. All four of us thought about what to wear. A lot. Of course we did LOL. We knew we had to make posts about this get-together.
      I highly value your opinion, so I am glad you like the post. Always stay honest with me Melanie. And if you don’t like something, tell me.

  5. 17 August 2014 / 23:11

    Looks like such a fun and amazing time! You all are gorgeous! I like all of the photos from silly to serious!

    • Greetje
      18 August 2014 / 05:23

      Well put Pam… from silly to serious. You are a poet.

  6. myemptybag
    18 August 2014 / 10:31

    looks really fun and happy!!!!


    • Greetje
      18 August 2014 / 19:45

      And so it was!

  7. Marianne
    18 August 2014 / 15:19

    I really liked this post, it shows fun, laughter, friendship, well dressed ladies, Amsterdam and his beauty. What more is there to wish for. Not for me I enjoyed it immensely.

    • Greetje
      18 August 2014 / 19:46

      Oh thank you Marianne. I am always afraid I start boring people.

  8. Rebecca
    18 August 2014 / 17:54

    Thanks so much for sharing this delightful get together with us. The photos are so much fun to see. I was with you all vicariously!

    • Greetje
      18 August 2014 / 19:48

      Thanks Rebecca.. You taught me a new word too: vicarious. I looked it up.

    • Greetje
      19 August 2014 / 05:36

      Yes, we did have a wonderful and intense week together. Loads of fun.

  9. 19 August 2014 / 00:23

    Great post.

    LOVE the gif! LOL

    I really had a blast. I’m so glad Anja and I had the idea for everyone to get dressed up. I think that first one is my favourite shot.

    Ron went above and beyond the call of duty.

    Missing you all!


    • Greetje
      19 August 2014 / 05:39

      I was amazed by Ron too. As he doesn’t like dealing with people he doesn’t know. You would not know it from his behaviour but he doesn’t like socializing. So yes, he did go above and beyond. The sweetheart.

      • Melissa
        8 February 2016 / 13:28

        Hi Greetje,

        I saw one of your posts over at Suzanne’s lovely blog and thought to bip on over. I have been hooked. Greet blog, super fashion, I will be visiting more often.
        This one of the bloggers getting together was really nice. So many things looked like so much fun. Is wonderful because you made the usual touristy things a pleasure for everyone.

        I replied to this post in particular because it reminded me of my husband, he is also like that, amazing how we fit together so well, he is my calmness and with me he just loves riding the wave cause he doesn’t ever know what comes next with me and he said he likes it because he doesn’t have to make an effort at socializing, I do enough for the both of us:)
        He is the photographer on our trips, I just walk around pointing, talking, doing, going ….that would be a good photo Shatz….. When we get home from vacation I always find all the places I love captured, such a good guy, but it is working cause 6 years together and now he finally does sometimes start a conversation with friends:)

        • Greetje
          8 February 2016 / 20:57

          I so recognize this. My husband is not a talker either. But he is getting better. If you want to see more posts like this, type in Antwerp or Utrecht, in the search box. Or Vancouver (that was a blogger meet-up as well). And under the tab Amsterdam in the top navigation, you will find more of such posts if you scroll down a bit.
          Thanks for your extensive comment. I really enjoyed it.

    • 22 August 2014 / 10:50

      Yeah, it sure was fun. And chaos. Exploded closets. Clothes and wigs everywhere. Hahaha….

  10. 19 August 2014 / 11:16

    Funny post ! And I am sure you four have had a very nice time together… besides…the weather was great!
    I am sure that Suzanne will remember long her journey !!

    …and now it’s your turn to packing up…

    • Greetje
      19 August 2014 / 14:08

      I am still not thinking about what to pack as I don’t know what the weather will be like in Italy. Please advise me next week.

      • 20 August 2014 / 15:10

        O.k. let’s hope for sunny days!

  11. LoriM
    19 August 2014 / 17:15

    I smiled all the way thru this. Oh, how I would love to see Amsterdam again. Remembering seeing it as a ten year old. And meeting ladies from around the world. How lovely.

    • Greetje
      20 August 2014 / 09:21

      It was indeed lovely. Such a nice week. If you want to see more about Amsterdam.. Click on the tab Amsterdam at the top navigation of my blog.

  12. Elle
    20 August 2014 / 05:51

    Greetje, you ladies sure know how to liven things up! Love all of the clothes, and am glad to see that cool feather necklace again ( hair necklace?). Love the shots on the boat and in the outdoor table.
    Loved this post! I always love seeing Amsterdam through your eyes, also.
    xx, elle

    • Greetje
      20 August 2014 / 09:23

      Oh good. I am always afraid that these posts are becoming boring. So I am glad with your comment. Wishing you lots of strength.

  13. joni@artfulcloset
    20 August 2014 / 16:44

    It makes me smile so much seeing these photos! Fantastic memories made.

    • Greetje
      20 August 2014 / 19:09

      I am so glad you took the time to comment this. It makes me want to continue blogging.

  14. 21 August 2014 / 15:51

    I can feel the “blogger love” with my morning coffee. Looks like you had as much fun as is humanly possible. You all look radiant, happy and stylish. A great combination!

    • Greetje
      21 August 2014 / 20:35

      Would have loved to have you with us.

  15. Popcosmo
    21 August 2014 / 17:42

    This looks like so much fun! I love our blogging community and feel like I’m getting to know everyone -but lucky all of you to be able to meet in person (and all of the other people who have made it to Amsterdam), like Dan! You are a great guide and I love being able to follow along on your adventures.
    xo ~kim

    • Greetje
      21 August 2014 / 20:36

      If you ever have the chance to “pop over”, don’t hesitate.

  16. 22 August 2014 / 10:51

    Another fun post, Greetje, providing us with another momento of that great week!

    • Greetje
      22 August 2014 / 10:58

      I always wonder who has the most fun… me in creating this post or you lot reading it.

  17. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    22 August 2014 / 15:01

    OMG that was indeed a blast, love all your colorful and ageless looks…..thanks for sharing the fun!!!!


    • Greetje
      22 August 2014 / 16:48

      I have left out that one picture of me with the bright sunlight shining on me, revealing all my wrinkles and showing my real age. It was quite a “reality check”.
      Oh well, I am still alive, having fun and looking relatively good. Nothing to complain.

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