Amsterdam

 

IMG_0764Amsterdam is literally my favorite place on the planet.  If I could go between Palm Springs and Amsterdam for the rest of my life, I would be one happy girl.  Some of our favorite Amsterdam spots…

Begijnhof – started in 1150, by a group of women who came together to live in a religious community and care for the sick.  This hidden courtyard and church are absolutely beautiful.  Step inside the courtyard and you feel a bit like stepping back in time.  The area is so peaceful and beautiful.

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FOAM – a top at FOAM is always in inspiration.  The photography museum of Amsterdam offers a rotating cast of exhibits and the canal house setting can’t be beat.FOAM

Foodhallen – I am obsessed with food halls and food markets.  The Ferry Building in SF, Pine Street Market in Portland, Granville Market in Vancouver, Reading Terminal in Philly – I love them all.  Foodhallen combines my love of all things food with all things Amsterdam.  Please spend some time here on your trip!foodhallen

Hutspot – They call Hutspot a concept store, it’s a really beautiful space that houses curated clothing, home goods, a cafe and even a barbershop.  There’s a bar next door that I really wanted to check out, but unfortunately it wasn’t open yet when we stopped by.  I think my favorite part of the experience was the Photo Booth – I really love a good Photo Booth.

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Art Zuid – the Art Zuid festival happened to be going on while we were in Amsterdam.  If you’re planning to be in Amsterdam between May and September, this sculpture exhibition is absolutely worth seeing.  An added bonus is that the Zuid (South) district in Amsterdam is beautiful!

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CT Coffee & Coconuts – this cafe was built in a former theater and is one of the most interesting spaces I’ve ever been to.  AND, the food is delish!

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Stach – You can now find outposts of Stach all over the city.  Such a great place to pop into for a sandwich, snack or bottle of wine.  The Stadionplein location just opened and looks super cute!

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Stedlijk – The Stedlijk Museum is a must for any design lover.  Check the website for current exhibitions, and put this on your must do list!

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Enjoy!

xo, MJ

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Flights. Booked.

On Saturday we booked our flights for a September trip that will be one to remember.  We’re going back to South Carolina for our 2nd annual (golf) trip with friends.  And from there heading to Amsterdam, St. Andrews and London.  The planner in me is already plotting out some must dos.

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Here’s what I’ve come up with so far – I’d love to hear any suggestions!

Amsterdam 

Bar Hutspot

De Pijp

Begijnhof

Amsterdam Verzetsmuseum

Cafe MP – probably our all time fave bar in Amdam

CT Coffee & Coconuts

De Foodhallen

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St. Andrews & Edinburgh

Still trying to figure out the highlights here.  Will definitely post an update sometime in the next six months (yes, I’m definitely ahead of the game).

London

**this will be my first time to London and I’m pretty pumped.

Buckingham Palace

Tower Bridge

Tate Modern

Millenium Bridge

Oxford Circus

Liberty London

Harrods

Selfridges

Victoria & Albert Museum

Borough Market

Definitely planning to check out the Design Sponge city guides for Edinburgh & London.  And of course a few guidebooks.  September here we come!

xoxo

MJ

Space Invaders

I really like things.  Not in the super materialistic sense (although sometimes I’m guilty of that too), but I like stuff.  Often my interior decorating borders on cluttered and I like collections.  I think that’s one of the reasons that I’m so drawn to street art like Invader.  When I travel to places where I know there are Space Invaders, I love to both stumble upon them and seek them out.  By taking pictures I feel like I can collect them.  So far I’ve only got Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne and NYC on my list but I hope to add more.  Some of my faves below…

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                    Paris along the Seine

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                Amsterdam

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Brussels near Manneken Pis

Cologne

                                Cologne

NYC.  Happened to look out the cab window on the way to airport last week.

NYC. Happened to look out the cab window on the way to airport last week. 

xoxo,

MJ

The rest of my finds–