Amsterdam & Snow…OH & beads…


Hi all, hope you are doing well in your world…things are great in my world & the landscape is ever changing…Over the weekend we made a quick trip to Amsterdam, I have always wanted to see this city, hubby had been before, he has traveled the world over…I am just catching up. The bikes & the architecture stood out most to me in Amsterdam…it is a lovely city, with its old and new buildings & there are more bikes than people; we could all learn a few things about life & saving the environment from the Dutch.

The very libertine atmosphere of Amsterdam is a bit different & distinctive from what we are used to…we did take a walk through the Red Light District & blushed as we watched the girls sell their wares..but most of our time in Amsterdam was spent checking out the amazing Van Gogh Museum, the Rijks Museum, the Amsterdam Zoo “The Artis” & a few glass galleries…At the Zoo, most of the animals were much smarter than we, they stayed inside during the cold temps. At this zoo however they have inside exhibits for most of the animals as well, so you can go inside & see them, it was really cool, I particularly liked the butterfly exhibit, not only it was warm in their tropical forest, but you could walk among them, it was magical, I see some beads coming from that experience…

The Van Gogh Museum was awesome too, I learned a lot about the artist, I was amazed to see how many different styles of paintings he had actually done in less than 8 years…you can see the evolution in him & his art..just amazing…
Most of the Rijks Museum was closed due to remodeling, but we did see the Philips wing which houses most of the important collections while the museum is under going renovations, & this is where I met Rembrandt & fell in love with him.WOW…I feel so fortunate to have been able to his & Van Gogh’s art…life is good…

On the way home Sunday night, our flight was delayed out of Amsterdam due to snow fall in London, turns out, our plane was the last one that landed at Heathrow before they shut it down & cancelled some 600 flights…Of course the airport was not the only mode of transportation that was shut down, the buses and most of trains followed, by Monday most of England stopped, schools closed & the news went around about the worst snow storm since the 60s…Tuesday & Wednesday brought some sun & it all melted, only to wake up this morning to 5 times as much snow as what we had a few days ago…I have included all kinds of photos from both our trip & the snow for your viewing…if you click on the slide show it will take you to a larger version of the photos…

I managed to make some yummy beads, some inspired by our weekend outing, I have listed them in the shop; check them out to the right of this post…

The Winner of last week’s Beads is Suzie from Suzifits…send me your address girl…this weeks giveaway is a lovely large (36x22mm) focal bead, I call is Aqua Tidal Wave…very yum…to win it, enter a comment here in this post, about the bead, how cold it is where you are, say hello or what have you…winner picked at random by hubby in about a week…

Thanks so much for stopping by & all the love…

Jelveh

Peace

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