Darlings, I am head over heels in love with Amsterdam!
As you know, I recently spent a magic four days there and I fell utterly & deeply for the city, the people, and most of all my wonderful hostess Mariska Meijers!
Some of my snapshots of Amsterdam. Loving this sazzy bike!
Noticing the little details here and there..
Lovely tulips spilling onto the sidewalk!
Spending these four days with Mariska not only gave me a much needed break, but also released a rush of energy and creative flow. In fact, I am still smiling! :)
Gorgeous vistas like this one everywhere!
My borrowed bike that took me around Amsterdam!
Fell in love with the orange shutters of this old warehouse building!
Wonderful old buildings and brickwork!
Mariska and her funky green bike waiting for me to finish my 100000th photo.. :)
I particularly loved riding through the beautiful Vondel Park in the morning seeing corporate suits, parents with children, students, grandmothers, and tourists alike zoom past on their bikes. What a wonderful & varied crowd, and what a great way to start the day!
Apple cake, fresh orange juice and coffee. For breakfast!:)
Colour prefection, right?!
And of course stopping to spend a moment in silence, remembering those less fortunate..!
Just look at this 'bearded' balcony! :)
Boho and quirky boats everywhere!
Wonderful buildings shoulder to shoulder everywhere I looked!
And cute houseboats moored side by side on the larger canals.
One of so many lovely canal views!
I was also incredibly lucky to be taken around the canals and the Amsel River by a dear friend of Mariska's. We spent a whole afternoon floating through the city on a private boat whilst sipping wine and enjoying wonderful company. Such a unique experience and so much appreciated!
..and one more..!
..and cute houses like this one.
And the stunning 'Amsel Hotel'.. where the famous, fortunate and fabulous stay! :)
We passed the cutest river houses, charming bridges, historical sites, grand hotels, funky house boats, wonderful public sites and buildings. My camera snapped away and I loved every moment of this very special guided tour!
Another lovely river house.
The stunning 'Scheepsvart Museum'. I just love this building!
..and several contemporary architectural master pieces, like the Science Museum. What a beauty!
Loving the tiger painting and Mariska's fab sense of colour!
Black walls show off art just as well as white ones. Sometimes better!
Lovely form pressed trays in all shapes and sizes. I bought a large one for myself! :)
This tray now lives with me and receives lots of comments and admiration from my friends!!
Mariska's 'work in progress corner'!
Tubes of bright colours giving life to Mariska's fantastic works.
The shop has heart, and it beats in total harmony with the city and Mariska herself. I can genuinely say that the art and the artist are one - everything about it feels genuine and real. And that is perhaps what I love the most about this girl - she is 100% true to herself and the life she leads. That is a rare thing to come by these days and something that I admire greatly!
Once again thank you Marsiska for my wonderful Amsterdam adventure. It was one of my favourite trips ever! xx
Before I go I want to wish all my American friends a happy 4th of July for tomorrow!
Love and hugs to all.
All photos by Charlotta Ward