It must be getting a little bit tiresome reading about my holiday visiting my family, this is the last post I promise!
These pictures are all from Amsterdam.
I wasn’t too sure how I felt about visiting the city I was born, but I fell in love all over again. The last time I visited was 18 years ago, when my dad passed away, so there weren’t too many happy memories of that time.
And even though I really went to visit my sister, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, this was an amazingly, family bonding trip.
It was busy. There wasn’t one day that I just hung around and did nothing. The 2 weeks were chockablock full with visits, outings and stuff.
I saw my brother for the first time after 18 years. And i met my nephew that I never met before.
It was brilliant.
One night, my sister my sister and I went to see a stage show about the life of a Amsterdam singer. I have fond memories of (drunkingly) singing and swaying to his music before I left for Australia. Andre Hazes was a drunk, and really his voice wasn’t that great. But he epitomised what the true Amsterdam people liked and loved. The songs in the play were great, the play itself not so much but still great fun. The singer is called Andre Hazes and you can see some one of my favourites: a dutch rendition of She believes in me
HERE (warning: not everyones cup of tea, but just look and listen to the audience in this clip from his performance in 2003)
Afterwards, my sister and I went to the Leidseplein. Again, many fond memories of going out on the town in our teens. My dad used to make us get home on the last tram of the night and it so happened we did the same thing again that night!
This is where some of the bars are that we used to go out in. We felt a little out of place between all the younguns, sipping our wine and just people-people watched.
We saw quite a few hens parties walking past, ready for a night out in their onesies. There was an open air skating rink too, and the atmosphere was amazing.
IMG_1512 < click on this to see a video of the equivalent of a kebab after a night out.
Another great was organised by my sister: Vogue Nederland Beauty Night Out.
We were spoiled by hairdressers, representatives from Givenchy, Chloe, Philosophy and so much more.
So much fun and so many goody bags!!
Bikes. Synonymous with Amsterdam. We were told on the Canal Cruise that there were twice as many bikes as people in Amsterdam. Go figure.
It has been a wonderful trip. We made many more memories and I will treasure them.
I am not going to leave it another 18 years before I go back, that is for sure.
Til next time,