This was quite a white weekend in Amsterdam and I was not expecting it. I remember praying for snow shortly before Christmas and being very happy to have it some two weeks before that. Of course it didn`t happen for Christmas (unfortunately), so when it snows every now and then I am simply not impressed. 🙂
Amsterdam definitely looks good in white and today everyone was out on the streets with their camera to capture some of the magic. Children were by far the happiest, playing outside for several hours and getting very red cheeks from it!
For today`s walk I wanted to see something different, which is actually a part of the city I am seeing every day when taking the train to work, but from quite a distance. So, after a short walk in the Centre, I have finally crossed Sloterdijkerbrug and set foot on Prinseneiland and Nieuwe Teertuinen.
I must admit I loved the area, not only because it is so central and yet so quiet or because the air around smelled like burnt wood (like we were somewhere in a village), but especially because of these beautiful houses that reminded me of the ones in Entrepotdock (same basic warehouse look) and by which I am totally charmed.
Can you actually imagine how beautiful it is to live in one of them, to wake up in the morning and open the wooden blinds and let the sun get in, while preparing the coffee, the sun rays hitting the wooden floors et cetera, et cetera?
I have no idea how you feel about this, but I am simply amazed by how simple and beautiful life can be in Amsterdam, especially in areas like these, where all I could hear today were some children playing in the snow in front of the house while their mother was telling them at the window to come in because they were playing since morning and it was already lunch time…
A coffee at Le Pain Quotidien (the one in Oud Zuid) and then a short walk in the Pijp followed soon after, but my mind was still at the beautiful houses in Prinseneiland. 🙂