Little Paris in Amsterdam

Little Paris in Amsterdam

Little Paris in Amsterdam

I have a dilemma: I love Paris and I love Amsterdam. Paris is 500 km far, Amsterdam 100. So the decision is clear: I go more often to Amsterdam. Last, I discovered Parisian influences in Amsterdam, a little Paris in Amsterdam,  so if you have the same “problem” as I have 🙂 then read my tips and book that ticket to Amsterdam 🙂

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La Parisienne by Sofitel

La Parisienne by Sofitel

La Parisienne by Sofitel

Last weekend I visited the photo exhibition “La Parisienne by Sofitel” in the Sofitel Legend Le Grand hotel in Amsterdam. I am very intrigued by la Parisienne so I could not wait to admire these photos. I’ve never been in this hotel but it was love at first sight 🙂 The glamorous place of the exhibition wore it to the atmosphere of Paris. I couldn’t stop taking photos. The 1930s style of the architecture, the lounge with the deep red and purple lights and velvet couches. A perfect place to relax after a whole day strolling in the city.
This hotel is situated between two canals and when you enter the lobby, you feel the “Amsterdam” ambiance mixed with French elegance and grandeur. I’ve never seen such a beautiful lobby in my life. I was also in love with the garden, which will be more beautiful during Spring and Summer.  This was the best location for this exhibition in my opinion.

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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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