yet undiscovered vintage shop just outside of Amsterdam

Vintage Brands 2Monnickendam is a beautiful authentic village a little north of Amsterdam. It is known by tourists because of it’s beauty and it’s harbour. Recently nice shops have opened their doors, making a visit even more worthwhile.

In a former outbuilding of a primary school in Monnickendam you can find a great vintage store. Currently, sustainable business is trendy. This also fits the new shop: Vintage Brands owned by Babette Schellekens. It comes to women’s fashion brands in the higher segment; Humanoid, Repeat, Hale Bob, Moncler, Marccain, Burberry, Marlene Birger, Day, Diesel and even Gucci. And you also can go there for nice shoes, bags and scarves.

Vintage Brands
Noordeinde 22
Monnickendam (North of Amsterdam)
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12.00-18.00 hours
Saturday 10.00-17.00 hours

Christmas shopping just outside of Amsterdam

White Romance
Monickendam is a beatiful authentic village a little north of Amsterdam. It is known by tourists because of it’s beauty and it’s harbour. Recently nice shops are opening, selling brocante, vintage clothing and more, making a visit even more worthwhile.

On December 7th another new shop opened her doors: White Romance, for those who like romantic stuff, this is a beautiful shop with flea market things, beautiful crockery, candles and pretty dresses. Besides the used stuff they also sell new things like nice cards, forgings, small gadgets, romantically tinged tea towels of brand Claire & Eve, scarves and ponchos. All this in a romantic atmosphere with lots of white and powder shades.
Interested in a romantic party? They do organize high teas for maximum 12 people or parties for little princesses.

White Romance
Noordeinde 48
Monnickendam (North of Amsterdam)
Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.00-18.00 hours

tailor made guide through Amsterdam

Image: Deli Amsterdam

Image: Deli Amsterdam

 

Deli Amsterdam is a new website that produces a tailor made guide trough Amsterdam, based on personal preferences. Just answer a few simple questions and your guide pops up.
I tried it a few times; the guide may not be as tailored as you expected, but it surely comes up with some great places to visit, including brand new hot spots.
Try it!

famous Amsterdam bench goes missing and gets replaced

fault-in-our-stars-05The movie The fault in our stars is insanely popular with teenagers at the moment. It’s about a romance between two young people suffering from cancer. In the movie they take a very romantic trip to Amsterdam and inspired by that, many young people now come to Amsterdam to visit the spots shown in the film. One of the most popular spots is the bench where the two have a special moment and kiss.

A few days ago that bench went missing. Nobody knew what happened, it should have been in its place according to the local authorities, but is wasn’t. It is possible that the bench is taken by some hard-core fans, nobody knows. Luckily it has been replaced yesterday. Just a few minutes later the first fans were noted on the bench, enjoying the view Hazel and Augustus did and – of course – taking many selfies.

blown away by the enchanting performance ‘Blaas’ in Amsterdam

blaas_0Yesterday I saw one of the best performances I have seen in a long time: Blaas. Blaas (in English: blow) was an international festival hit, winning many awards and now it is on show in Amsterdam.

It is hard to explain what Blaas is, everybody will have his own associations and emotions watching Blaas, or should I say: experiencing Blaas. And that’s what makes Blaas special, it’s different, it’s a fairy tail, a trip into yourself and into an unknown world.

I will not say more about the performance, it’s best when you get surprised by it. But I do strongly advice to go and see Blaas. It is scheduled one more week, until Sunday June 20st. And there still are tickets available!

Tickets: € 18,50 – € 22,-

best outdoor places to watch the World Cup in Amsterdam

1352_fullimage_locaties terras_560x350It’s great to see the orange decorated houses, café’s, shops and complete streets. Amsterdam is fully prepared for the World Cup tournament. Tonight is the first match for the Dutch team and we will watch it together with friends, family and complete strangers, preferably outdoors.
If you are in Amsterdam the coming month and interested in football I would advise you to experience the World Cup Feeling the Dutch way.
These are the best places to do so:

Museumplein
If you like crowds, go there. Expect about 100.000 people. Expect gigantic screens. Expect music and party and no other colour than orange. The Dutch matches will be shown here, at least the first 2. After that, check beforehand, the location may have changed.
Entrance: free

Marie Heineken Plein
The international experience you’ll find over here. There’s Barça the place to be for the Spanish supporters, O’Donnell’s the Irish Pub is inviting the Britisch supporters, Café Marie says it’s offering refuge for German fans and Caffe Parma welcomes Italians. Of course all other nationalities are welcome too. These bars and most of the other bars will have several TV screens and centrally on the square there will be big screens.

North Sea Jazz Club
Pazzanistraat 1
Inside the no-nonsense approach: great quality and sound, no fuzz.
Outside it’s the opposite: they had tribunes build, for the real stadium feeling.
After party with DJ’s – even when loosing the game.

Westergasterras
Klonneplein 4-6
A screen of 7 x 7 meters! Thousands of football fans will join to watch the match here. Waiters bring trays and pitchers of beer to the public, so you don’t have to miss a second of the match.

Oranjehaven
Watch the match from your own boat or from one of the large Orange boats that you can get on for free. A fleet of boats will leave for the Oranjehaven at 18.00 from the Europarking in the Marnixstraat. If you don’t own a boat you can take the large Orange boat, it’s free. Food and drinks are for sale of course. And don’t think of leaving early: after the match the party just begins.
Admission: € 5,-

Vondeltuin
Beautiful location: terrace in the famous Vondelpark. Good equipment: 2 large and 4 smaller screens, extra beer taps and a BBQ.  All ingredients for a great experience.
Vondelpark 7

Hannekes Boom
Large screen, terrace at the waterside, waiters serving pitchers all the time.
Only the Dutch matches!
Dijksgracht 4

Roest
One large screen and 68 (!!) small TV’s to watch the matches. Extra advantage: Roest has a small city beach.
Bad weather scenario: Roest is next to a beautiful old factory hall, where the match can be watched on the large screen with hundreds of people. Czaar Peterstraat.

Pllek
Pllek is the city’s most beautiful city beach, at the IJ river. They show the Dutch matches on big screens.
TT Neveritaweg 59

Brandstof
2 large screens and a caipirihabar!
Korte Marnixstraat

Remember: wherever you go – wear orange!

back to the sixties in Amsterdam – photo’s by Ed van der Elsken

zie Wolfsburg-catalogus pag. 106

Photo: Ed van der Elsken – Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 1961

Ed van der Elsken is famous for his photo’s of people in the streets of Amsterdam in the 50’s and 60’s. He used to wander the streets all day long and photograph the daily life of the ‘ordinary’ people in Amsterdam. Nowadays his pictures give a lively and detailed impression of what life was like in those days.
Vintage prints and new material that has never been published before will be exhibited this summer in the Stadsarchief Amsterdam.
Dont miss it! This exhibition is a must do, even when you’re not a fan of photography.

Amsterdam! Ed van der Elsken, vintage photo’s 1947-1970
June 6 – September 14, 2014
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Vijzelstraat 32
1017 HL Amsterdam
Tickets: € 6,-