Monday, August 11, 2014

Around Town: Sunday in the Nine Streets

I recently spent a warm Sunday afternoon wandering around Amsterdam's charming Nine Streets district with my friend Jen, her husband and their cheerful, chubby baby. Luckily, the trio snuck in a few days in Amsterdam during their recent trip to Germany and France and we got to enjoy a bit of Dutch summer together. We were first introduced though our blogs a few years ago when Jen and Justin were on an expat adventure living in Amsterdam (and Italy). Funny enough, we all share similar roots from the same area in Florida!

Clustered within a scenic strip of Amsterdam's canal district, the Nine Streets are filled with posh shops, quaint cafes and unique boutiques. We strolled along with baby Ezra, peeking into shop windows and taking lots of pictures along the way. Luckily, sunshine followed us all afternoon and we stopped for a break one of my favorite terraces for a round of biertjes, kaastengels and watching the world go by.

They're currently living in Brooklyn but we missed a chance to hang out during my quick trip to NYC last month, so this was a fantastic alternative. Actually, the timing couldn't have been more perfect, since I've recently returned to Amsterdam myself and am enjoying a few relaxing weeks to settle in before my masters program starts this autumn.

As our walk continued, we approached the Prinsengracht around the same time my Dutchman and friends were boating in the canal! Standing canal side, my Dutchman hopped out to sneak a kiss and said "Hello" to my Florida pals and before taking off for more fishing. That sweet moment reminded me just what a tiny world Amsterdam is.

As the four of us made our way back along the Prinsengrahct, we added a stop at Ijscupje (my favorite ice cream here) to our agenda. Ice cream is always a good idea, especially on a warm, summer day! I chose a scoop of bokkenpootjes (a Dutch chocolate-almond cookie) with a scoop of tangy blood orange on top. We enjoyed our cones canal side while baby Ezra giggled happily while his chubby cheeks were completely covered in ice cream.

Sunny Sundays are the best, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a few more before the seasons switch. Here are a few other photos from our day...

P.S. You can browse more of Jen & Justin's travels on her blog and check out Freshly Picked, Jen's lovely flower styling company, full of dreamy bouquets.

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