As a member of the Modenus #BlogTourCGN Team I spent just one brief day in Amsterdam, it was the last day of my #BlogTourCGN experience. From the moment we arrived at the train station it was a whirlwind walk thru the snow covered streets of Amsterdam. Our lovely tour guide and fellow blogger Louise de Miranda, author of the blog 30s Magazine, met us at the train station to help us navigate our way to our hotel. We dropped our bags off at our Hotel - The College Hotel, and we were ready to explore Amsterdam. We gathered together and were joined by Nienke Zondervan, editor at Eigen Huis & Interieur Magazine and Dutch bloggers Patrick Kooiman and Desiree, along with Louise to be our guides on our walk thru the streets of Amsterdam.
|clockwise from top Nienke, map,Patrick,Desiree, Louise|
We were giving a map and off we went...
Our first stop was Hotel Droog, and though the name implies it is a hotel it is in fact a one room hotel, surrounded by so much more.
We toured through Hotel Droog where we saw and experienced some unique and unusual products and we were treated to tea and sweets in the Hotel's singular guest room/suite.
Frozen Fountain - a beautiful store filled with fun and funky stuff for the home. We all took a seat while Cok de Rooy, one of the owners spoke to us of how the Frozen Fountain store came to be and how they opened to be a shop where they would sell things as art or as a gift, how they help to organize a lot of exhibitions with designers and their products.
We then had an opportunity to take a quick look around, had a quick drink and a bit of cake and then we were off and walking...
Moooi Amsterdam showroom.
Sjoerd Vroonland, who designed the extension chair for Moooi. It is more than just a chair, it is every bit as much a showpiece as it is a multi functional chair.
Store Without a Home ('SWAH') another fabulous interior design boutique filled with quirky, surreal items for your home.
Sukha, a eco-friendly, clothing and home decor boutique in the center of Amsterdam. The clothing was impeccable and virtually all of the the items they sell have a sustainable background and are carefully selected by owner Irene Mertens. We had a nice glass of wine, spent some time enjoying Sukha, which means 'Joy' in Sanskrit and I agree Sukha is a bundle of joy!
Hutspot, a concept store run by a group of young entrepreneurs.
It was a long day, a lot of walking, amazing shops and fabulous new friendships. I felt like it was such a whirlwind and we only just saw a smidgen of all Amsterdam is. I can't wait to return and continue my walk thru Amsterdam....and next time I will also take a bike, a boat and a car...there is just so much to see, the architecture was amazing, the people were so friendly and I was truly enchanted.