zondag 28 december 2008


On this cold but sunny sunday I had tea with a friend in the horticultural garden of Amsterdam and I visited the sister of my mother in law who lives in a small but charming appartement in an old monumental building that has a lot of character. My mother in law, Nora, and her sister Vicky both have an eye for beautiful things and home decoration. It's always a treat to drink a cup of tea in their nice homes.

zaterdag 27 december 2008


My daughter Emma, still in Argentina, is visiting the Iguazu waterfalls on the border with Brazil. She's going places!! And so am I, virtually, thanks to Sir David Attenborough,love him, and You Tube. Enjoy!


Richard Avedon - Photographs 1946 – 200413 februari t/m 13 mei 2009

This first retrospectif of Richard Avedon is unique for several reasons.This exibition is shown on just six locations worldwide. After Kopenhagen, Milan, Paris en Berlin, Amsterdam is the last location in Europe where you can see this exibition. FOAM offers you the possibility to see this amount of photos of one of the most important American photographers of the last century. Also Avedon wrote in his will that after his death no more prints of his negatives can be made. This means that there is a limited amount of his work available. Only prints that were made during his life and selected by himself can be seen. Working together closely with the Richard Avedon Foundation, it was possible to show this unique collection to the public.

vrijdag 19 december 2008

zaterdag 6 december 2008


Seasonsgreetings from Holland go into an envelop with a special stamp. Every year a designer/illustrator has the honour of designing these Christmasstamps. This year it was Jet van der Horst.

Beautiful pictures
take a look at the jumping roe deer,
my favourite

zaterdag 29 november 2008

vrijdag 28 november 2008


For a hint of esthetic nostalgia click here

vrijdag 21 november 2008


I love to stumble upon surprises while I'm surfing on the net. "MY TOWN" stories was one of those surprises. You'll find them at psychoPEDIA. Not a blogtitle I would go to immediately .
However, curious to the best adress In Buenos Aires to eat steak, the name 647 dinnerclub kept appearing. It's owner, Terry Walshe, is one of the "MY TOWN" storytellers. One thing leads to another.
The best way to describe psychoPEDIA is to find in "about us". :
psychoPEDIA is a multi-media platform for an array of creative contributors to showcase their work, in turn giving readers and viewers behind-the-scenes access to their worlds.

maandag 17 november 2008

new york bull


urban outfitters

One of the most important discoveries that my daughter did in New York the last few days is the Urban Outfitters Store. Supercool. They have everything an eightteen year old can wish for. Ofcourse I googeld to see for myself. mmmm some things I like but I think I belong to another targetgroup. So much is clear.

dinsdag 11 november 2008

the best of NY

Since a part of me is in NY these days I'm drawn to whatever the world wide web tells me about the Big Apple. For example the Best of New York site is a joy to travel virtually.

frozen in NY

zondag 9 november 2008

New York

Tomorrowmorning at 9.15 am, my Emma will be sitting in the plain that takes her to NY. I'll travel with her virtually. The next nine days a part of me will be in the big apple.

woensdag 29 oktober 2008

vrijdag 24 oktober 2008

Helen Levitt

FOAM, the museum for photography in Amsterdam, where I work, just opened an exposition of the work of Helen Levitt. She started her career in 1939. Soon she became inspired by Henry Cartier Bresson and started to photograph people in the streets of NY. She's still alive, now 95 years old and lives a quiet live in the USA.

maandag 20 oktober 2008

A week in the Provence

Back from a wonderful week in the French Provence.

dinsdag 7 oktober 2008

Wereldagenda van Amsterdam

For everyone who lives in Amsterdam or just loves the city, we made the Amsterdam World Agenda 2009. It is the second edition of this Agenda, filled with useful information about the city and its very different population. Dates and descriptions of Special days of remembrance and festivity of many cultures you will find on the writing pages throughout the year. The best adresses for excotic restaurants, the Amsterdam markets, theatres, you name it, it is all in the agenda as well as some interviews with citizens with foreign backgrounds. A lovely birthday- or Christmaspresent for Amsterdamlovers.
Order via the website

woensdag 1 oktober 2008


Perfect song for a melancholic moment.

maandag 29 september 2008

saturdaymorningmarketflowers plus

Update of the bouquet I made on saturday. Somehow the dill I used, didn't cooperate. Instead I put the yellow heliantus, my mother brought from her own garden, between the lilly's. These sunny yellow flowers are from plants that my grandfather planted fifty years ago in my parents garden. As you can see they are still going strong.

zaterdag 27 september 2008

saturdaymorningmarketflowers week 39

Again a wonderful autumnday. Lots and lots of people at the market and on the café terrasses enjoying the beautiful weather.

donderdag 25 september 2008

bright autumnday

Around my corner you find "De negen straatjes" or "The nine little streets". Restaurants, fashion, shoes, cakes and more. Today was a perfect day for a stroll. We visited the little streets and sat for an hour in the sun on a bench along the canal Prinsengracht.

zondag 21 september 2008

no cars today

Cars were not allowed today. On this glorious, sunny sunday inhabitants and tourists celebrated Amsterdam on bikes, walking, on the crowded water in boats or in carriages drawn by horses. It was a happy day !

donderdag 18 september 2008

maandag 15 september 2008


My mother is blessed with eternal youth. Today is her 75th birthday. Yesterday she was the queen at her own birthdayparty for family and friends on a sunny sunday afternoon at a beautiful green location. I'm proud of her.

zaterdag 30 augustus 2008

only men aloud

This is the choir that won the BBC choir competition "Last choir standing". They got my vote wholeheartedly

dinsdag 19 augustus 2008

zaterdag 16 augustus 2008

saturdaymorningmarketflowers week 33

This is what my garden would look like today, if I had one .

vrijdag 15 augustus 2008

woensdag 13 augustus 2008


Little girls are growing up. The girl on the poster is Lucy, a schoolfriend of my daughter Emma. Her picture is everywhere all over town.

zondag 10 augustus 2008

last choir standing

On BBC I watch "The Last Choir Standing". A competition between British choirs. Libera boys choir was a guest in one of the programs.

donderdag 31 juli 2008


August 1st. A day of reflection. Is there still something of this child in me? The picture was taken before the time I can remember. Many years later I recognize this face in the faces of our family's children. I find that comforting .

zondag 20 juli 2008


A week in la douce france

donderdag 10 juli 2008


Oebele is the name of a children's TV series on Dutch television in the late sixtees. Sadly, all the material of this briljant programme has been deleted. Only a few fragments have been saved. To my surprise, one of the most beautiful songs is on You Tube.

quatorze juillet 2008

On monday the 14th of July, France will celebrate the national holiday. It is also the first anniversary of this blog. I wont be there because I will be in France the next week. Hope to come back with enough inspiration to feed this page.

dinsdag 1 juli 2008


Congratulations or Gefeliciteerd as we say in Dutch. At the HEMA, a popular Dutch warehouse, I found this guirlande. When you fold it you can put it in an envelop and send it as a (children's)birthdaycard. Put a few matching balloons with it and the party can begin.

donderdag 26 juni 2008

Gerard Doustraat

There is something going on in the Gerard Doustraat. When you walk through this street that is in a nice part of Amsterdam, called De Pijp, you'll notice that the street is changing. New shops and restaurants are beeïng opened and trendy modern offices give this old neighbourhood new allure. For example the brandnew store of BLOND is a great place to be. A lot of space and daylight make this shop very inviting and pleasant to walk through and to buy happy things. Next to BLOND you'll find the "KINDERFEESTWINKEL" or Children's partyshop. A shop full of stuff that make every Children's party a succes. Decorations with a capital D and complete partyboxes with everything for a theme party. Find the right stuff for your prinsesses,
pirats or knights. For dinner in style visit The French Café. I will certainly go back to write more reviews on this interesting and vibrant street.

woensdag 25 juni 2008


I am a fan of the work of Annie Leibovitz
There is a documentaryfilm about her life and work.
From tomorrow to be seen in Amsterdam

zaterdag 21 juni 2008

French destination

I'm invited to visit this chateau in France in july. YES!

donderdag 19 juni 2008


You name it, I want it.
Everything from Pip.
The cups, the bags, the stationery.
Cheerfull stuff

Emma, summer 2008

Just proud to be her mom

dinsdag 17 juni 2008

beschuit met aardbeienday

Today is "beschuit met aardbeienday".
We remember my father's birthday, the 17th of june 1930. He would have been seventyeight years old today. As beschuit met aardbeien, toast with strawberries, was the traditional treat on this day, all the familymembers, whereever they are, will eat this in honour of our great dad.

zondag 15 juni 2008

You gotta be

Good advice from Des'ree

zaterdag 14 juni 2008


Gorgeous roses this morning at the market.
Together with lavender and passiflora
a romantic minigarden in a bowl.

saturdaymorningmarketbouquet week 24

Graduationtime! Emma passed her final schoolexams ! Flowers and cakes!

zaterdag 7 juni 2008