In less than a week we will move to our final destination, Paris. Hard to digest everything that we have experienced since starting this adventure last September. My life has been forever altered...but we will come back to that later. We still have things to do before I write that chapter. The last couple weeks have been a bit gloomy and rainy but we are hoping for a better final week here. We celebrated our 15 year anniversary this week and will be in Paris for MJ's birthday...how's that for planning. Tonight we are going to see the Brooklyn band Woods at Bitterzoet in Central Amsterdam. A couple nights after that Kurt Vile and The Violators are at Paradiso. We are trying to squeeze every little bit out of this city as we can in our final week but we are both ready see what awaits in Paris.
Met a local street photographer today and shot together for a while. I find it a great way to get a different perspective on photography and to learn a little about the city that may not be in the books or blogs.
The cottage we rented while here was part of a citywide garden tour and we were the hit of the event! We had thousands come through over three days. Many planned their vacations around the tour with some coming from as far as the US, Australia, and Japan.
Experienced the brilliance of Helmut Newton at Foam
I just found myself referring back to my last batch of images to help remember everything that has gone on these past couple weeks. It's been a good run here in Amsterdam and we still have 3 more weeks to enjoy. We started using our museum passes by visiting the Van Gough museum during one of their Friday Night at the Van Gough series. We also took a day to hang out at Nemo, the Amsterdam science center located on the waterfront. It has a killer roof top and is great for looking over the city rooftops, watch ships cruise by, or do a little people watching. Amsterdam has a lock on places to just hang out. Lots of parks and open spaces. One of our favorites is the Museumplein, a park that boarders many of the best museums in the city. It's also a great place to stretch out on the grass and watch jet contrails. On the weekends, the NDSM area comes alive. A waterfront area that is dotted with independent cafes, galleries, ramshackle trailers, and student housing. It's also home to a gigantic building that was converted (or squatted) to artist spaces 10 years ago. We were also lucky enough to have our host invite us to her cabin in North/East Netherlands for the day. On the way, we crossed the huge dyke system that keeps the country from being under water. Next week we're planning a quick trip to Belgium- It's like driving from Rochester to Buffalo. We have been to catch up on some live music while here. Father John Misty at Tivoli in Utrecht and Andrew Bird at the legendary Paradiso. Next up is James, Woods, and Kurt Vile. Never a dull moment here, at least not never an excuse for one. Check back later for more!