archive for the ‘amsterdam’ category

birthday tulips

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

seems so long ago
for birthday #39
amsterdam
april 13, 2013
expired polaroid 600 film

cheese

Friday, November 15th, 2013

oh, amsterdam...
window shopping on utrechtsestraat
amsterdam
april 14, 2013
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amsterdam alley

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

amsterdam seems so long ago...
behind begijnhof
amsterdam
april 14, 2013
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cafe krom

Friday, June 28th, 2013

where i met someone i thought i'd see again but i was wrong
utrechtsestraat
amsterdam
april 14, 2013
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wrong lunch

Friday, June 7th, 2013

i didn't order the chicken sandwich!
with la ninja
amsterdam
april 13, 2013
expired polaroid 600 film

juice bar

Friday, May 31st, 2013

post-birthday zombie walk
utrechtsestraat
amsterdam
april 14, 2013
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rokjesdag

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

it was a very good day.
prinsengracht & brouwersgracht
amsterdam
april 14, 2013
expired polaroid 600 film

utrechtsestraat

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

one of my favorite streets
sunday morning coffee walk
amsterdam
april 14, 2013
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amsterdam zuid

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

still not sure where to hang it...
this is the painting by gineke zikken i brought home from amsterdam. titled amsterdam zuid, it’s a scene from amsterdam south. i loved the hints of orange and the construction crane.

blue sky

Monday, April 29th, 2013

missing amsterdam.
along the amstel river with la ninja
amsterdam
april 13, 2013
expired polaroid 600 film

amsterdam

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

fries + mayo + ketchup = happinesstulips!clog magnets at bloemenmarktcafe kittycentraal stationgineke zikken's new york paintingfishing village north of amsterdamlunch with ginekebirthday tulips

when i arrived in amsterdam (last friday the 12th), it was raining hard and it was cold. but the rain soon cleared, and i was able to begin my wanderings. i actually didn’t do a lot the first day, other than wander, and end it with reading a book at a cafe while the danish young men sitting right next to me were raucous and rowdy.

on saturday, i met la ninja for a late lunch and we did a walking tour, stopping at the library where we went to the top floor and had a great view of the city from a high vantage point. we later had dinner & drinks and contemplated joining the other 13,500 people that were visiting the rijksmuseum (it was the first day the entire museum was open after 10 years of renovations), but we missed the cut off at 10pm, which was ok, as i’m not a big fan of large crowds.

on sunday i took the ferry to amsterdam noord, and gineke picked me up and took me to her studio. i lusted after her new york painting pictured above, but it was too big for me to take home, too big for any walls in my tiny house, and too big for my budget. (i did bring home a much smaller painting of amsterdam zuid — i’ll share a photo of it soon.) we then hopped into gineke’s car and she drove me even further north and through old fishing villages along a dike that is holding back the north sea. we had lunch in the noord, and then i slowly made my way back to the hotel via prinsengracht. sunday was rokjesdag, which translates to skirt day, and it’s the first day of spring when the girls are wearing a skirt with their bare legs. i love that the dutch have a word for that first awesome day of spring! i’m adopting it and hope to use it this weekend in minnesota.

and then it was time to head to berlin. i would have loved to stay in amsterdam a few more days, but i was also excited to see prenzlauer berg! i’ll write about that part of my trip in tomorrow’s post.

 

europe birthday

Friday, April 12th, 2013

travel journal
travel journal
travel journal
last night i got on a plane and i should be arriving in amsterdam any minute now for my sorta-annual europe birthday trip.

i’ll stay in amsterdam until monday, and then i’ll fly to berlin and will spend 4 days there. i’ve got a list of things to do and places to see for both cities, but what i love the most is just wandering, taking my time, having a beer in the middle of the afternoon, reading, pretending i’m a local and not a tourist. and eating a lot of cheese. i’m looking forward to seeing la ninja and painter gineke zikken in amsterdam, and will be meeting artist stephanie levy in berlin!

(pictured above is the travel journal i made for the trip. i make one for every europe adventure.)

happy spring!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

i wish spring really was here.
amsterdam, april 2008

idea…

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

amsterdam polaroids
my amsterdam polaroids sit on my studio table in a glassine bag, a neat stack waiting for the next big thing. i flipped through the stack last friday and revisited my trip, and i decided that i really must figure out what the next big thing is for these polaroids. it’s probably a book of some sort, and i briefly considered trying to get one done before the end of the year. then the reality of time and cost smacked me in the head, and i decided this isn’t a project to rush into.

but it now has a higher priority on my list of things i need to do.

summer colors week : red

Friday, July 1st, 2011

red

red

top: red chair outside of second life music on prinsengracht, april 11.
bottom: red light district off of singel, april 10.

(it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : rainbow

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

rainbow

rainbow

top: sugar bowl at bagels & beans on haarlemerstraat, april 10.
bottom: flowers along lijnbaansgracht, with la ninja, april 9.

(yes, i’m pushing it a bit for poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : blue

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

blue

blue

top: vintage chair outside of bebob on kiezersgracht, april 12.
bottom: vintage mini on leidsegracht, april 13.

(it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : pink

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

pink

pink

top: hearts hanging in ndsm in amsterdam noord, april 10.
bottom: tulips in bloemenmarkt, april 10.

(it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : yellow

Monday, June 27th, 2011

 tulips outside of ivy on leidseplein, april 13.

graffiti on spuistraat, april 10.

top: tulips outside of ivy on leidseplein, april 13.
bottom: graffiti on spuistraat, april 10.

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it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week, and i’m playing along with polaroids from my spring amsterdam trip.

amsterdam polaroid magnets

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

amsterdam polaroid magnets
new in the shop! amsterdam polaroid magnets.

i’ve put together a set of magnets using some of my favorite polaroids from april’s amsterdam trip. it was hard to chose which images to use! but i think this set is a good visual representation of amsterdam… a bike, begijnhof, chairs outside of an antique shop, handmade soaps, hearts, and tulips. take a look!