Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amsterdam - 1953 Retro and Chic

I am tempt to say that this is the best vintage shop in Amsterdam, but sadly it seems more likely to say the best vintage ... museum - because actually it is far too expensive (70 for a 60s blouse, 150€ for a rather simple dress...) but I could have spent hours there just admiring the treasures!

Ready to go in there? Well, then follow me ;)

It felt like entering my personal idea of heaven!

All those cute dresses! A 50s frock hanging next to a "downton abbey" gown!

And oh my favorites: the cabinets filled with antique obects!

I am still in love!

So if you visit Amsterdam go there (here is a link) and be prepared to fall in love! Maybe you have to part (like I did) heart broken, because you could not afford your favorite treasure, but I assure you, its worth a visit ;)
And if you have money you want to spent on something beautiful, you will find it there for sure!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Amsterdam - Tuschinski (Art Déco Movie Theatre)

We were just exploring Amsterdam, walking through the streets randomly, when suddenly a building caught my eye. Back in the hotel I looked it up in our guidebook and saw a picture of the inside. Then I read that the Tuschinski was still a movie theatre and we decided right away we had to visit it!
The next day we've bought the tickets saying "Hello, we would like to watch a movie in the big auditorium. It is quite irrelevant to us which movie".

I had to do a panorama of this, isn't it the most beautiful cinema you've ever seen?!
So we watched "The Dark Knight Rises" from the upper balcony (drink and snack of your choice included). I could not decide where to watch. The architecture or the movie?! It was really the best visit to a movie theatre I can think of! The movie was all right, the seats comfortable, the atmosphere enchanting, the "Grolsch" (dutch beer) delicious!

via (entrance)
"The interior and exterior are a spectacular mix of styles, as designed by Hijman Louis de Jong; Amsterdam School, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau and Art Déco. The main auditorium is considered as one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world. The building contains Asian influences while the lobby was designed in a way to offer theatergoers the feeling that they are stepping into an illusion."

"The Tuschinski's main auditorium has served as both a movie theater and a live performance space since its opening. In addition to a film screen, it also contains a stage and an organ."

You can read the history of the Tuschinskie here. It's very interesting as well as a bit sad (during the German occupation...).

(Photo 1, 3 and 4 are not taken by me. My camara coud not take many decent photos because of the dimly lights. I linked the images back, so no harm intentend - quotes wikipedia - ah, and maybe someone noticed I use photobucket now. Well, my "blogger storage space" is full. To admit I did not even knew there was one... I hope Photobucket was a good choice :) ...)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Amsterdam - Museum Van Loon

the Garden and the Coach House

The Museum "Van Loom" was my favorite among all I've been in Amsterdam. In one of the finest canal houses of the city people can get a glimpse of what life was in the 17th century for a rich Amsterdam family.

In the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht stands the house of the regent family Van Loon (Willem van Loon co-founded the Dutch East-India Company in 1602).

And now prepare for lots and lots of photos:

My favorite room! I could have spend hours there!

"Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age."



"In the rooms, a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style, and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house"



"The canal house came into possession of the family in 1884, when the Honourable Hendrik van Loon purchased it for his son Willem as a wedding present. The family’s rich history can be gleaned from the large collection of portraits in the museum, the oldest dating back to the 16th century"


And that are not even all of the rooms! I really do recommend you to go there and discover the many beautiful spots this Museum has to offer. I promise you wont be disappointed! In my opinion it is far more interesting and lovley than the big and opulent palace!

the entrance (quotes taken from website)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Amsterdam, Ik hou van jou! (Amsterdam, I love you!)

 Well, I am back and I have so much to tell you about my trip to Amsterdam!

click to view larger picture :)
 I visited many sights and captured a bit of Amsterdams loveliness! In this beautiful city you can not put your camara down, because behind every corner there is more wonderfulness waiting for you! And just because there are plenty of highlights I want to show you...

... there will be posts about some vintage shops, an amazing Art Déco movie theater, serval museums, the palace, antique canal houses, Madame Tussauds and much more! Now I leave you with this sneak peaks, collages made of photos I took in Amsterdam.

So keep tuned if you want to know about my dutch adventures and feel free to ask me any questions about my trip and Amsterdam. I could recommend you some hotels/restaurants/park options if you think of going there yourself; and that, I highly suggest! ;)
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