You might have heard that in Amsterdam you can find many painted ladies in windows,
but these were the only ones I saw.
The shop was closed, but I loved these artful chickens
and dresses and ?
Perhaps my favorite thing about Amsterdam was that everyone seems so laid back, friendly, and they all share a great sense of humor.
This collection of wacky, dressed up Barbies made me smile.
Unfortunately, I don't have a good natural sense of orientation, and I got lost quite often in Amsterdam. But seriously, who could make sense out of this sign?!
After a bit of searching, I eventually found this tranquil green courtyard called the Begijnhof right off of one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. It used to be convent, but the nuns all took vows of chastity and the group eventually died out.
A peaceful green oasis in the middle of the city, what a treat. Thank you Jen for this tip!
At the charming De Drie Graefjes, another Pia recommendation, I had a pleasant light lunch. Finally, proof that I eat my veggies too ;)
From my table by the window, I peered down over the geraniums at the cobblestoned street.
In a place where it rains often
green moss thrives.
I found the moss particularly vibrant and bright in Amsterdam, and I became kind of fascinated with how it fills every nook and cranny.
The pattern of the green moss in the red bricks was quite beautiful
although sometimes the moss simply took over everything else.
On my last evening in Amsterdam while walking back to my apartment, the sky opened up with a brilliant light, and this building with its windows and shadows reminded me of an Edward Hopper painting.
Thank you Amsterdam! I enjoyed getting to know you better!
Thanks also to everyone for checking by here and sharing your thoughts and encouragement - you keep me going :)
During the next few days, I will be sharing interviews with inspiring artists I met in Amsterdam and two other Dutch cities. You'll meet Dana from Leililaloo, Nina in Vorm, Harriet Damave, and Laurie from Artisanie Europe. More coming soon...