First Paris, then Lyon and finally the last leg of our trip ... Amsterdam. After taking a seven hour train ride from Lyon we arrived at my brother-in-law's house in Amsterdam. We arrived in the evening to a party in full swing. Part of me was so tired from traveling I just wanted to fall asleep, but the other part of me was ready for a drink. The latter prevailed.
We took a boat tour of the canals. Which I'm glad we did because it was great to get a water perspective of the city. And of course, all of the bikes and houseboats.
It is common to find very, very, very narrow staircases in these tall and narrow buildings. The ones in my BIL's building were not only narrow, but were spiraled and I swear each step was only inches wide. This, I learned, is why many (if not all) of the buildings have a crane-like structure at the top (noted by my red arrows) which are used to haul in large pieces of furniture through the windows. What a challenge, right?!
Had to post this little shop because it had the best selection of graphic wrapping paper and other great little paper goods. I was in my happy place.
A great little bookshop. I loved the giant windows that showcased the floor to ceiling shelves of books. So pretty.
I popped into Retro en Chic one day while cruising around town. It was hands down the best vintage store I had ever been in. There were so many amazing pieces from hats and dresses, to shoes and sunglasses (as you can see here). I kept thinking how this place would be a stylists dream.
And last but not least ... mexican food. That's right, mexican food from The Taco Shop in Amsterdam. I know, it sounds cuckoo, but my BIL's really good friend Logan (originally from Colorado) owns this place and we were highly recommended to try it out. It was so, so good I had to take a photo. And rarely do I take food photos on this blog! So if you're ever cruising Amsterdam and get a hankering for mexican food you now know where to go.
I have so many fun pics from Amsterdam that I plan to do a couple of sub posts which are in the works. I'll post soon:)