Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Painter's Home


Nothing beats the classic combination white walls + dark floors + lots of natural light. 
Some ethnic elements combined with  industrial accessories and vintage furniture... Heaven !  

 This house in Laren, the Netherlands, was built in 1913 and the purpose was to serve as an atelier to a painter. Nowadays it is a family home - but the owner is also a painter. You can see artistic touches here and there.  =D




Credits:
All Photos: James Stokes Photography  www.jamesstokes.net
Via: VT Wonen

The First Flight



Sweet and funny. You go girls !

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Splash !



What not to do during an interview...

Zaanse Schans II (Eyecandy)

Aaah, the Zaanse Schans... Been there several times and I've never get tired of it. Attention please: never, ever go there during bad weather. It is an open air sort of museum and when it rains you will have to jump the puds, cross mudder land and  hide in a clog / cheese / souvenir shop.

Luckily we had a good weather (cloudy but dry). Let's check some photos below, shall we ? 







Bus 391 takes you from a stop near the Central Station to the Zaanse Schans. 
A Dutch eyecandy you should not miss ! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jane in Amsterdam

Bilingual post

A Jane Murback do blog (está de pausa) "Mulheres Impossíveis" combinou comigo de visitarmos Amsterdam juntas. Aqui você vê algumas fotos. Dê uma olhada no Instagram dela que tem mais: http://instagram.com/janemurback (Essa postagem aqui no Greetings é em inglês porque a maioria do público que se interessa pela Holanda vem de fora do Brasil.)

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I have met Jane Murback via blogland years ago (yes, that kind of friendship happens more frequently than you can imagine and is incredible !). I have blogged about my visit to her in São Paulo. Now it was her time to visit the NL, yay !!

She stayed super central at the Ibis, next to the Centraal Station. Handy because she was coming by train from Paris with a friend  (and I from my village with a final stop at the Centraal Station). She is such an EASY person ! We just started chating as old friends the minute she entered in the hotel lobby - as if no time gap had ever existed.

The first evening we had dinner at Humphrey's.
First course, main course and dessert at a fixed price: 25 euros.

Jane had a chicory creamy soup with crostini blue cheese and pear.
She loved it.

My first: a Thai beef salad.
Main course: a veal stew for her friend Gris

My main: Shrimps and coquilles in soy sauce.
I found the portion small because I have a savoury tooth and I am not much a desserts person.
Jane had the risotto - which she found perfect (and  she being from São Paulo... well, this is a compliment for the cook at Humphrey's).

On Saturday we spend the whole day criss crossing Amsterdam on foot.
We visited, for example, the Bijenkorf (make up items on sale), the Begijnhof...



Below, a snapshot at the flowers market, on the water near the Munt Tower.
It is located between the Kalverstraat and the Koningsplein.


There is a canal cruise departing from the Holland Casino, 75 minutes at 15 euros per adult.
A must do ! But first we visited the Van Gogh museum. There is always a long queue, and it is always worthwhile. The museum shop is amazing, they bought some beautiful (paper) prints and I fell in love with some prints of Van Gogh on top quality canvas. (On a short note: lately, I've been ordering more and more some of my photos on canvas as well - I love the result, it's amazing ! And people are actually buying them, YAY !)

 Hubby dropped the kids at his mother's and then joined us.
He is here with Jane's friend, Gris.
 A trip to the Van Gogh museum is at 15eur per adult and you can combine it with the cruise tour for 27euros. Photos are forbidden inside the museum. :(
Above and below: some snapshops of the building around the canals. I took most of them from the boat and through the glass windows - therefore  some photos are  not of a good quality


We had dinner at a Spanish tapas restaurant called Granada at the Leidseplein. Unlimited tapas at 19,50 euros per person. The day couldn't be more perfect than that ! Before midnight we went back to the Centraal Station by tram and made an appointment to pick them up the following day (Sunday) at the hotel for a drive in the Dutch countryside.

More about Jane's adventures in the Netherlands and Paris? I guess she took hundreds of pics.
Check her Instagram: http://instagram.com/janemurback

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Thanks for reading and I see you on the next post.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Castricum

The coastal village of Castricum is located on the northern region of Holland -been there yesterday.
It is a touristical place, with lovely nature.
There is with a very good info / shop / kids entertainment center for visitors.

Scottish bisons free in the fields... 
 Birds roaming free...

Castricum is indeed an excellent place to observe birds...




And there is the beach !