Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Windows, Wandering


One of my favorite things about Amsterdam is that there are so many windows to peek in, both storefronts, and private homes. Street level windows tend to be really large and no one really uses curtains or blinds, so I found myself looking(discreetly, of course) into kitchens, living rooms and offices. No one seemed to mind, and I was treated to looking at some pretty amazing interiors. Mostly white and spare with interesting mixes of old and modern. Just my style.

Another thing I loved was how much gardening and outdoor living people did in very small spaces. Container gardens spilled out over people's doorways and into the sidewalk making small city streets places of greenery. Tables and chairs were put right out on the sidewalk for an impromptu patio on a warm sunny day, and people dragged oriental rugs and pillows out to their stoops to make cosy outdoor seating areas.

We spent a lot of time wandering in the Jordaan area. There were so many little corner bars and cafes, all with outdoor seating, each one more inviting that the next. We stopped often, coffee and pastry here, glass of wine and beer there, then bitterballen, olives, and cava at the next place. It's a good thing we were walking.

8 comments:

Rina said...

Jill, thanks for your comments! I saw your bags and pillows... so beautiful!
My husband is traveling this weekend to Amsterdam, I´m so jealous!, I hope visit this amazing city someday.

Mary-Laure said...

I absolutely love Amsterdam too! I agree with you it's crazy how much people garden in those small spaces and how important outdoor living is there - very genial, isn't it?

Mallinkowa said...

Last summer, I was in Amsterdam in the airport for 1 hour. :) Lovely photos.

artycho said...

I love yours pics there! I wish I could have had a sneak at people's home I love interiors too!

Angie@CozyNest said...

Oh, I would love to peek in those windows too! I love the last photo :-)

Mrs.French said...

Oh my goodness...I just posted about this very thing.

karina said...

Jill, I love these pictures!
and I love, too, see interiors of privates homes,jaja

Jill said...

Thanks for all your nice comments, ladies! I wish I could have taken pictures of those lovely interiors to show you, but that would have been too bold!!

Rina, I hope your husband has a good trip! Next time you have to sneak on the plane with him :)

Mary-Laure, thanks for your tip about Runstraat...I had a lovely time looking at all the shops there.