Posts Tagged ‘Amsterdam’

Delightful Second Hand Shop


Delightful Second Hand Shop

Found some great treasures here during a stroll around Amsterdam one afternoon.






Wonderful Chaos at Sail Amsterdam


Sail Amsterdam

Postcard from Amsterdam


Postcard from Amsterdam

Animals on the move in Amsterdam





Where is the menu?


In an alleyway, just off Dam Square in Amsterdam, you will find Van Kerkwijk Cafe Restaurant. It is a great place to eat if you are looking for some delicious food and a nice and friendly atmosphere.

Van Kerkwijk

Sisters Myra and Rhya will take good care of you with their hospitality, and have done so for the past 16 years. They have many returning customers, a few of them were there when I visited.

Van Kerkwijk

You do not need to be put off by the fact that there is no menu, because there is! Myra will present the scrumptious options at your table and does not mind repeating them!

Van Kerkwijk
The building came with its very own guardian angel. Outside at first, it is now sitting snuggly near the window.

Van Kerkwijk

I enjoy combining current and historical images in my work, so I could not resist asking Myra (left) and Rhya to pose with their lovely photo of some years ago. Many thanks to them for saying yes and for a great experience!

Koningsdag – King’s Day Orange Celebration


Today, 27 April is the birthday of King Willem Alexander, King of  the Netherlands, but yesterday it was celebrated with the first King’s Day (Koningsdag) in the whole country. I was in Amsterdam and the atmosphere was great and orange! People are very creative with what they are wearing and also what they are selling.

King's Day
King's Day
King's Day
King's Day
King's Day
King's Day
King's DayThis woman sells knitted orange crowns and beards, and she has got a customer too!

King's Day

King's DayChildren and adults have an opportunity to sell their bric-a-brac and many a good bargain can be had.

King's DayThese kids have invented some kind of game, a family tree with sweets, and the sign says you always win a price.

King's DayI spy with my little eye…

King's DayThis mask on it’s own is fun, and it becomes even funnier (to me) with the sign above it, which says “Hotdog roll”.

King's Day
King's Day
King's DayOf course the Dutch Lion, which appears in the coat of arms, cannot be missed at the party.

King's Day
King's Day
King's DayIt is custom to fly the Dutch flag from your home on King’s Day (used to be Queens Day).

King's DayTompoucen are a Dutch delight and usually pink, but for King’s Day they turn orange. The drink you see is not lemonade, but it is a liquer called Oranjebitter.

Windows of Amsterdam – part 2



Windows of Amsterdam - part 2

Windows of Amsterdam - part 2, 2

Windows of Amsterdam - part 2, 3

“Vroeg of laat komt het goed” means: “Sooner or later, it will be alright”. It is about a couple in their seventies, Gerarda and Otto Holzhaus, who travel a lot around the world, and Otto writes short stories about their adventures. I have not read the book yet, but it sounds interesting and inspiring!

Windows of Amsterdam


Windows of Amsterdam
Windows of Amsterdam1
Windows of Amsterdam2
On 30 April 2013 Holland (or the Netherlands as it is officially called) Queen Beatrix will abdicate the throne and her son Prince Willem Alexander will become the new King. He will be the first male on the throne since 1890. The inauguration will take place in Amsterdam and in light of this I chose some images I took in Amsterdam along the canals.

If you have ever visited Holland you will have seen that often the pavement is close to the houses, which enables you to look inside and see how the people live. For most tourists this is quite a new experience.

“Relax” says the Cat


There is more in this image than just the relaxing cat!

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