Yes, I know the title of this blog post is “High tea at the Amstel Hotel”. And when you see Marijke and me like this, we don’t exactly look like the clientele suitable for the Amstel (5 star) Hotel. They let anybody in these days 😆 Our group of friends, the BVA girls, have been featured on the blog many times. This Saturday we were celebrating several birthdays with high tea. The idea was to go Dutch, but Marianne insisted on treating us, her friends, and paid for all of us. Thank you Marianne.
Not in the photos are my flat boots, I am only showing you these silver high heeled ankle boots. Now brace yourself… lots of pictures to get through. I will introduce you to the girls again as I think I took some pretty nice pictures.
Below: Marianne who decided to go grey. It doesn’t matter how she wears her hair or what colour it is, she always looks good. A classic beauty.
Below: Jilke, a very photogenic woman.
Below: Claudia, our bubbly laughing face.
Below: Marianna. She hates her picture being taken, but I got permission to use some photos.
Below: Marijke, the most optimistic person on earth.
We gathered at Marianne’s house in the afternoon which gave me the opportunity to take some head-to-toe shots of the girls in the garden.
Below: Marianne, always very well dressed.
Below: And she is cheeky as well. Showing her tights…
Below: Marijke in a beautiful green trouser suit with printed top.
Below: Jilske, casual and stylish. Love the patent leather boots.
Below: Claudia wearing cute boots as well.
Below: Close-up of the cute embroidered boots.
Below: Marianna. Her bright blue cardigan looks very good with her dark hair.
Below: Marianna was wearing comfortable boots.
Below: And me, wearing my lime duster coat with green top and leggings. I keep putting my leg with the swollen knee forward as it is easier to lean on the good leg. However, this is not a case of “putting your best foot (leg) foremost”.
Below: Close-up of the silver boots (brand: Hoss Intropia), several years old. Sometimes they look golden, sometimes they look silver. Believe it or not, but I can walk on these, Knee and all. As long as I don’t have to walk more than a couple of metres.
Below: After a lot of chatting, we drove to the Amstel Hotel for our high tea. A magnificent building. I had the standard lense on my camera (for indoor photos), which means I could only photograph this teeny little part of the building. If you want to see more, click this link to Amstel hotel photos.
Below: Jilske, halfway on the magnificent stairs.
Below: And the fun began. Lovely waitresses serving us tea. I was a spoilsport as I don’t like tea. No problem, I got as many cappuccinos as I liked.
Below: I tried to take Marianna and Jilske, but Marianna hid behind her phone, taking pictures of me.
Below: Which resulted in this rather blurry action photo.
Below: Tea and coffee are nice; however, Marianne decided: champagne first. Which is about the only wine I like. Dangerous though, alcohol on an empty stomach. I get loud….
Below: The ambience was terrific.
Below: Big smile, wearing “black” pearl necklace and matching earrings.
Below: Some food examples. In this cute “thing” sandwiches were hidden. Of course without crust.
Below: A couple of tiers with scones (clotted cream and jam were provided, so very English), macarons (French) and treacle-waffles (very Dutch). No idea what that yellow thing was, but it tasted great.
Jilske and I started wandering through the hotel, taking several pictures.
Below: Jilske in front of typical, classic Dutch art. The vases will probably be Delft blue with Chinese influences.
Below: This is not at all posed, is it? (Good grief… terrible!). By the look of my red cheeks I say, this was right after the champagne. See that the boots look more golden now?
Below: Some history lessons.
We had already seen there was a wedding going on with lots of guests. Photographer and all, everybody on the stairs and most of the ladies in evening gowns.
Below: We caught a few of them in the ladies room haha.
Below: And this cute girl, opening the door with her foot.
Below: Three examples of beautiful lamps.
Below: Dessert! Oh my… we couldn’t eat another thing.
What happened in my life this week
Low interest things
Had the tires changed on my car. Winter tires are on now.
Cleared the kitchen from all sorts of stuff that was taking up space and completely superfluous. Also cleared a drawer or two. Creates a tidy feeling in my head as well.
Had a jolly good time with Kitty while photographing next week’s outfit. It will be a skirt again. And on Friday there was another photo shoot, this time with Loes.
Not much else this week really. Sorry. Just boring stuff like bills to pay and trying to find out which health insurance to take for next year.
Oh one other thing. Remember I told you last week, that there are people who actually want to be on my blog? Well, here is my colleague Morad, one of the two best dressed men in our department. He works out a lot so has big muscles. Nice guy.
Below: As Morad and I were on our way to take above picture, somebody pointed out that the ceiling in the lift was a mirror. Couldn’t resist the temptation of taking a snapshot.
As we are on the subject of the office anyway, below are my colleague Mascha and me. We were actually working, really. Granted I was also talking about her boots for a minute. I thought they were really nice.
That’s it folks.