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Travel journal - Northern European elegance

   

Fans of cultural holidays around Northern Europe cool cities, know how magical it can be to visit the city of Amsterdam, especially in August, when most travellers choose seaside resorts. As a cool-temperature lover, this city made me feel completely at ease with its wide open spaces, to which I added my impeccable style full of character and personality, as usual, through my patterned shirts that dressed my days like artist's canvases. Their graphics were the perfect twist to capture the most evocative moments among the city's canals, which offer a view of the colourful houses with their gabled façades. From here, a stop to the museums was a must, places able to attract enthusiasts and neophytes from all over the world. In fact, it was the turn of Anne Frank's house and the Van Gogh museum, easy to reach by Metro (Van Baerlestraat stop). The very modern building is located in an extensive green pedestrian area. The visit follows a path where works are divided by subject on the different floors: the Master's most important works can be founded on the first floor.

We continue our tour with a visit to the Rijksmuseum, where the famous painting The Night Watch is located. But our curiousity and tendency to discover unconventional places and itineraries led us to the Kattenkabinet, the cat museum tofind out these animals'role in arts and culture over the centuries. And as we are always attentive to outstanding details and accessories, we could not miss the Brilmuseum, the eyewear museum, where - in a 17th century building - you can discover 700 years of stylistic evolution of this unique accessory.

Once the cultural tour is over, we go get changed. I choose one of the shirts that mostly matches with the colours of the typical houses of the Dutch capital, whose buildings reflect in the waters of the canal. The shirt with Liberty of London prints is inspired to the major attractions of the European capitals, I couldn't help but take it with me. We decided to go to Gouden Bouch to admire the most famous part of the water route with colourful balconies decorated with all kinds of flowers that we found in the nearby flower market. Here we bought special souvenirs, such as bulbs in tins easy to carry in our hand luggage. And to complete our tour, we visited the Keukenhof Gardens: home to over 800 varieties of tulips, unique art installations and a large pavilion where flower exhibitions take place.


Our tour ends just 15 kilometres north-west of Amsterdam, in Zaanse Schans, a small village with some of Dutch iconic windmills, most of which date back to the 18th century. This medieval-style village can be visited at any time of year, but the windmills are only open from April to October and we couldn't miss it, of course.


 


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