Monday, 27 April 2015

Do it Duplo

Rosa (2) loves to build. Towers and houses are her favorite. Ideally the blocks are divided into categories (rectangles, squares, arches) before stacked carefully. Assistance is rarely accepted and after construction is finished, deconstruction usually follows soon to make place for a new creation. The addition of animals added a whole new dimension to the building art. Her parents are wondering if, skipping the whole Lego thing, stones and cement could be next and are already thinking of a kitchen expansion.







Thursday, 23 April 2015

Rotterdam Part 2

Rotterdam... There was this place called heaven where they sold a funny type of bag (do you know it?  It's this brand called Susan Bijl. It's so cool, you should really check it out. Oh wait, I might have mentioned it before on the blog.... not sure... ;)), but of course there was more! Highlights: coffee at Hopper, shopping at Nen Xavier (one of my favorite shops in Rotterdam, located on the Van Oldebarneveltstraat. Nen is such a nice guy. I didn't manage to take a good photo of him, maybe next time...), lunch at the Fenix Food Factory at Katendrecht, just cycling around town, crossing the river Maas. There was a lot of stuff that I wanted to check out but missed (the 'Oude Noorden' part of town, Objet TrouvĂ©, one or two of the cool museums Rotterdam has to offer), but this means there is still more than enough left to explore next time. :)

p.s. the photos shown on the first photo are part of the graduation project 'Bean shot' of Rotterdam artist Aukje Simone van Rossum






Photo 1-3: @ Fenix Food Factory; photo 4: @ Nen Xavier;
photo 5: coffee at Hopper; photo 6: cycling around at Katendrecht

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Is this heaven?

After the Antwerp afternoon with my friend Josja, I knew it was time to take it one step further: spending a day in Rotterdam, alone. I like Rotterdam, I like (read: need) being on myself every now and then and why not take advantage of the fact that my baby had his first full day at the day care? The perfect treat before heading back to work. Besides visiting some of the usual stuff (Nen Xavier, Wendela van Dijk), there were some new places on my list. And on top - of course - was Susan Bijl's new shop. I had missed the opening (child birth - let's just say I was occupied ;)), but at least I now had the shop to myself - including the owner! It turns out that Susan Bijl is nice as a bag and as a person. If possible (I do doubt that), I'm now even more a fan. Susan Bijl rules.





Saturday, 11 April 2015

Antwerp

From the coffee at Vitrin to the familiar vitrines at Wouters & Hendrix' new shop, Antwerp sure did its best when visiting during the last weeks of my maternity leave* (after the obligatory pumping at the parking - yes, you moms know what I'm talking about - I did think I deserved it though). I realised again how close it actually is to my home town Utrecht and am definitely planning on visiting more often. Antwerp, dank u!

* which ended 1,5 week ago already - I'm so much behind with this blog (again, you moms out there will understand; two kids are more time consuming than one ;)) I promise I'll try to catch up!