Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam, the Nine Streets

Shopping Sunday in AmsterdamWe, the Shopping Saturday girlfriends, hadn’t seen each other for quite a while. Holidays and work got in way, so we decided to change our outing to Shopping Sunday in Amsterdam. In the Nine Streets to be precise. Still one of the loviest areas of Amsterdam. I already wrote two posts on this area in 2013, here and here. And also one in 2016. Some shops have disappeared over the years, others are there to stay and new shops join.

We didn’t have much time and in the Nine Streets the shops are open on a Sunday from 12 o’clock. So we gathered for coffee at 11. View Post

Amsterdam Noordermarkt

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 with Anne and Kirk

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 Kenzo jacket dress worn in Amsterdam

Blue Kenzo jacket dressFriend Misja asked me whether I wanted to model for a spring fashion shoot she had to do for a German magazine. Haha.. of course I wanted to. Vain as I am. She had to photograph 14 different women, all over 40, in spring clothes. With Amsterdam as the background because the title of the magazine article is: “What do women wear in ……” …..Amsterdam this time. Oh and no coats and no black clothes. Not such an easy task as spring was still very young two weeks ago. We chose my blue Kenzo jacket dress. Fortunately the sun shone lovely and away we went. View Post

A red velvet jacket at the Bags museum

Red velvet jacket
A little while ago I went to the Bags and Purses Museum in Amsterdam with my stepdaughter Nicky. I have been to this museum about 4 or 5 times in the last two years. Every time I discover new beautiful bags because: a) there is so much to see, you cannot take it all in during one visit, b) they change some of the collection and c) they have temporary exhibitions. For this day of walking I chose my white sneakers and a red velvet jacket which I scored at a thrift shop (sometimes I get lucky). The jacket can be a bit dowdy or old-fashioned when you style it the wrong way. Fortunately I had Anja (Curly Traveller) to help me. Lots of little helpers keep me stylish  😆 . View Post