Many months ago, I discovered this beautiful set of Amsterdam snapshots at a Car Boot Sale. I don’t know when they date from but I just knew I wanted to frame these shots of my favourite place. Chris came up with the idea at the time of tracking down the locations and seeing what they look like today. Which is what we did…
After lounging around for a while flicking through a few magazines in a favourite cafe, and wandering the streets of canal houses, there is nothing better in Amsterdam than a bit of boutique window shopping, so here are a few of my picks. Continue reading
One of my favourite shops to visit in the Netherlands is HEMA. It’s ridiculously hard to describe- it literally sells everything- a lot of really cheap but good quality basics always with fantastic attention to detail. There’s a TripAdvisor review that describes it as a cross between Woolworths and IKEA and I think that’s about right. Whilst in the past I’ve bought myself and my sister one of their basic snoods for €5 (these are amazing!), this time I stumbled across the Stationery section and was not disappointed.
I can hear my Mum in my head as I type ‘Josie Rosanna you do not need another notebook…’ but this one is beautiful and for €2.95 I couldn’t resist! I also picked up some beautiful stickers, washi tapes, page markers and stamps. I’ve been after a set of alphabet stamps for ages, so these were a steal at €2.50.
Next time you’re in the Netherlands, keep an eye out for HEMA- you may surprise yourself!
For the second time I’ve ever made a video, here’s my first vlog attempt- a little record of our time in Amsterdam. I hope you like it- I’ve tried to show that there’s another side to my favourite city than the red-light, coffee-shop reputation it sometimes gets.
Music- Sunset by Evgeny Grinko via Free Music Archive
Technically, these are what we would call ‘coffee shop’s but in Amsterdam, that’s a whole different thing! These are some of the ‘chains’ that we regularly visit on our trips, but I have to say that the Dutch generally do very good coffee (better than here!) and I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed.