Brussels and Amsterdam

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Here are some photos from our time in Brussels and Amsterdam! :) Lots here – cafes, canals, architecture, art, etchings, chocolate, even sunflowers! Some of the museums let you take photos, some didn’t, so when it was possible I was able to photo some beautiful paintings, sculptures and displays too. You weren’t allowed to use the flash though, but I quite like the way it made some of the pictures look – like the ones of the vestments.

I give a bit of background about the hidden church in the attic and other scenes that you’ll see here in yesterday’s post. It’s kind of long but it gives more of the story to the photos, like the Van Gogh art we saw, this gorgeous little boutique-type cafe we came across, the stunning pulpit you’ll see a bit of here – so if you’d like to read more of the background, just click here.

Otherwise, I hope you enjoy these :). The first part is of our time in Brussels, and then onto Amsterdam. I hope they give a bit of sense of some of the things we saw in these amazing cities. Lots of blessings to you.

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~ by Birgit on September 3, 2009.

9 Responses to “Brussels and Amsterdam”

  1. Oh yay:) I kept checking to see when you would post the slideshow. I loved loved loved it! Clearly Brussels is chocolate heaven:) but I really loved your pictures of Amsterdam, I have always badly wanted to go there, and this just proved to me that I should! I also loved the Van Gogh paintings and Cafe Hansie en Grietjie because that is my own language (Afrikaans)- Hansel and Grettel!:) And the scriptures verses at the bottom of the photos, and the photos of you guys, and the coffee houses… ok ok I loved it all :) Thanks Birgit, it was wonderful!

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed them Rain :) As someone who loves chocolate like me, you would love Belgium :) – those fountains are so huge and amazing! And Amsterdam, wow, there’s just so much to see there, and it’s so beautiful. Do you think it’ll be possible for you to go across when you visit the UK next year?
    Thanks for saying which pics you liked – that’s so great you were able to pick up on the Cafe Hans en Gritje one ;) Lots of love to you xo

  3. Wow! I would have such a lovely time site-seeing with you. You see all the details and enjoy the most exquisite things! I loved the spires, the chocolate, the CHEESE, the flowers, the canals, the boats, the bicycles, the townhouses, the cafe, the bridges, the pottery, the tiles, the statues, the attic, the bedroom…SO much to see. How fun!

    Thank you for sharing. Again, I feel I’m right there with you. Loverly!!!

  4. You don’t disappoint, Birgit. The cheese ones were my favorite. Oh, but the ones of the tiny blue figures painted on the tiles were mesmerizing. Your smile just takes over your whole face, doesn’t it; the close up Michael took was simply lovely. :-)

  5. Thank you for sharing these with us. They are wonderful pictures. You have such an eye for the little things!

  6. I would love that Michelle, we’d have so much fun! There you go, another reason why you and Phat have to visit this part of the world again ;) I love that you enjoy the little details too :) Lots of love to you xo

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    Weren’t those parcels of cheese amazing, @ngie? The size of them was incredible, and I loved the display of them too.
    And the tiles – I know what you mean, I loved them! Every single one was different and each told a little story – so beautiful.
    That’s really nice what you said about the close-up one, ha, ha, I’ll tell Michael you liked it! :)

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    Thanks so much Susanne, I’m so glad you got to see them! :)

  7. Just beautiful! You are so gifted!xxx

  8. Hi Birgit, I am really planning to travel a bit when I go to the UK. The idea is to only spend very few days in the UK reminiscing and then travel from there. I’m still trying to work out an itinerary hehe, there is so much I want to see and all over, I have to go to Spain and Italy, I want to go to Ireland and Scotland, I simply must go to Amsterdam… then there is Austria… a little more time in France… Haha, so much to see and so little time. I think you guys had the right idea travelling all over with your rail tickets but also the right amount of time:) I don’t know what I’ll do, I hope it all works out somehow, maybe I shouldn’t try to do so much in one trip… Happy sunday:)

  9. Thanks so much for your lovely encouragement, Laura :) xo

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    How amazing Rain, that sounds really exciting. So true that there’s so much to see, you will have a fabulous time. And the planning is also part of the fun :) A wonderful thing about travelling through Europe I find, is the proximity of the countries. So of all the beautiful places you mention above, hopefully it will be possible to see many of them! I so look forward to hearing more :) lots of love xo

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