Autumn in Amsterdam

 Autumn in Amsterdam

Autumn in Amsterdam

A sunny morning after so much rainy days…it’s cold but that don’t bother me. I am going to Amsterdam. It’s too long ago! I have a few ideas for blog posts about Amsterdam so I take the train to my favorite Dutch city.

Autumn in Amsterdam…. the color change along the canals, the blue sky, just a perfect day to discover new things. Do you walk with me?

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A Sunny Day in Amsterdam

A Sunny Day in Amsterdam

A Sunny day in Amsterdam

From the first time I visited Amsterdam, I have closed this city in my heart for always. Even when it rains, I love to be here and to enjoy a tea in a café. But fortunate the sun was shining when I decided to travel to Amsterdam during my day off.

The city is very inspiring for me as a writer and that’s why it has a prominent place in my book. I was walking along the canals and saw a wonderful canal house. A perfect location for the story! I walked down the street to soak up the atmosphere to describe in my book.

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The history of a Fashionable Family in Amsterdam

The history of a Fashionable Family in Amsterdam

The history of a fashionable family in Amsterdam

I love houses full of history and especially the canal houses in Amsterdam. It’s one of the things which attracts me to travel to Amsterdam and just stroll along these houses and hoping that I could enter one of them and photograph the details….but I am a little impatient to wait when I will get this chance, so a couple of weeks ago I read about a exhibition at Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam: “Fashion at Van Loon”.  This canal house was designed in 1672 and his first owner was painter Ferdinand Bol. This house stills exudes the wealth of that time. The family van Loon was a very rich family and the last owners which had also founded this museum. Hendrik van Loon and Louise van Loon-Borski, married in 1854, lived a very wealthy life in Amsterdam and where members of the socialty life of that time. Therefore fashion played a important role in this family life and they were very internationally oriented. In the documents you learn that this family often visit the fashion houses in Paris and Amsterdam, such as Maison Paquin, Redfern, Maison Rouff and Maison Hirsch & Cie. See and to be seen was very important, to express yourself by means of the clothes. The ladies of the high society selected their outfit for each occasion carefully.

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Amsterdam in One Day

Amsterdam in One Day

Amsterdam in one day

It’s been a long time that I visited Amsterdam for one day. I always get an uneasy feeling as I long have not strolled along the canals. When the train stops at the central station and I always have the feeling that I’ve landed in a different world, even though I am only an hour from home.  I love the diversity of the city. Creativity, history, modernism and sometimes a little eccentric. You can be who you want to be. 
The weather is getting better. At last this time of year has come! We are going outside! The terraces are full with cheerful people. There are more tourists who walked along the treasures of Amsterdam. The city is very photogenic at this time of the year. In the alleys and along the canals you will find unique shops, antiques, vintage, art. At each corner, in every street you will be surprised. You could take hundreds of photos.  The streets of Amsterdam are a great source of inspiration for me. That’s why I always take my laptop with me.

Amsterdam love

First I make a walk and then I sit down in a coffee cafe to work on my book. In the afternoon I shop a bit and discover new hotspots. And then I realize it’s has been a long while that I’ve been in Amsterdam. When I am in Amsterdam, I often fantasize how it would be if I had a house here. Sometimes I have the feeling that I am in a village when I am strolling along the canals. It can be very quiet, that you only hear the birds chirping. Just right in town! And it will be great to live in a house that has so much history.  For now I keep on dreaming and making many trips to Amsterdam :)I will take you to Amsterdam through my photo diary. Enjoy!
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Betty Blue

Betty Blue

Betty Blue

Friday afternoon in Amsterdam. It’s raining the whole day. Cold and cloudy weather. A perfect moment to find a nice place to have a cup of tea with sweets.

My friend and I found a wonderful place, called Betty Blue. It is a wide open place, very light with some industrial effects. The bakery breathes one word: SWEETS.
 There are vending machines where you can buy sweets. You can buy also tees and bags with funny prints on it.

Betty Blue

Betty Blue
You can make a selfie with a wonderful text 🙂
Betty Blue
Betty Blue
Betty Blue
The furniture is made of wood with blue accents or you can sit out on the couch and relax while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or tea and sweets.  At the back of the bakery you have a beautiful canal view.
Betty Blue
You can buy also tea and pickled lemons.
Betty Blue
We started the high tea (jasmin, green tea, black tea, rooibos) with savory pastries. A piece of bread with mozzarella, melted brie and a soft piece of bread with grilled vegetables and a quiche. I couldn’t almost wait for the scone with homemade lemon curd, jam and whipped cream :).
Then we feasted the chocolate cake and cheesecake and our stomachs were spoiled by this delicious high tea.
Betty Blue
Betty Blue
 
The next time I will try the salads. I am a huge fan of salad bars where you can create your own salad.
The staff is incredibly nice and we felt right at home. On their website you can read their credo:

“For You To Enjoy And Make You Feel Happy”

and I think, they certainly succeeded!

Betty Blue is a great address after a nice city walk or shopping morning. Stretch your legs and get pampered by the delights!

We’ll come back to this happy place!

Betty Blue

Betty Blue
Snoekjessteeg 1-3, Amsterdam
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