Archive for June, 2011

Duly Chastised

June 20, 2011

I was recently informed by my very young 80-ish aunt that ever since Facebook came into being, I haven’t been blogging enough.  NOTED!

So what have I been up to lately?  Plenty!  Kid Number 2 graduated from HS.  In our house, rather than throw a big graduation bash, we head off on a European adventure.  Last year Kid #1 and I hit the streets of Paris.  Kid #2 and I had a little bigger trip.  And so, to the quilty-ish part of our tour.

Amsterdam is my new favorite city.  I really had no idea it was so beautiful.  And peaceful (although that might be a result of the nice smells wafting out from the coffee houses . . .)

I adored strolling around, enjoying all of the wonky architecture along the canals.

We found exactly one colorful house inside the Singelgracht (outermost canal in the older part of the city.)  There may have been more, but I’m sure there must be historic restrictions.  And this one was on a small alley.  And right on the #5 Tram line, just a few steps away from Koninklijk Palace and Nieuwe Kerk . . . .

Birdblocks Quilt Shop!  I passed by on the tram a few times on our way to and from our hotel before I was able to finally stop in during regular business hours.  Merel (Mrs. Scissors!) was there with a smile–and some gorgeous colorful yardage!

Next door, there is a sweet, upscale traditional Dutch fabric store.

I tried to find some of the market fabric vendors that I read about in advance online, but didn’t have much luck.  Nor did I have enough time to pursue them too heartily.

Being avid cyclists, my son and I really enjoyed all of the bicycles–although we didn’t ride anywhere in the city.  We’re saving that for our return trip.  I do believe I will be going back to The Netherlands.  Next Up:  Deutschland!