Colors of Amsterdam

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I bought my first “real” camera just few weeks before I moved to Italy in 2011. Since that I have been taking photos weekly, and I think my photo collection currently has more than 50 000 photos. Crazy! After changing to smaller Olympus last summer, I have been taking more photos than ever as it is so easy to take everywhere with me. But the amount of photos also means that there is more editing. Anyone who takes more photos knows that editing is big part of the “job”, and can take so much more time, than taking those photos. So to be honest here, from my time in the Netherlands I still have hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of photos waiting editing. Sometimes I feel I should not even edit and post those “old” photos anymore, but there is so many stories still to tell. And that´s why last night I edited few sets and today I am taking you to colorful Amsterdam.

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In the Netherlands I was living in Breda, which is about one hour from Amsterdam with train. Despite the short distance, I ended up visiting Amsterdam only three or four times I think. I am sometimes so sad about this, but same time I am happy I can go back there later and experience still a lot. For sure the best day spend in Amsterdam was with Miss V, who visited me in November. The day was sunny, not too cold, and we ended up seeing exactly that Amsterdam we all dream when scrolling photos around social media.

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Saturdays (well truthfully all days) are crazy busy in Amsterdam, but if you leave the few main streets, you can actually enjoy your stay! We were mainly walking around beautiful Jordaan district which is packed with small boutiques, restaurants, cafés and interesting architecture. You can take those iconic canal photos and see locals living their every day life.

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We did not have many “must see” places on our list for our day in Amsterdam, which ended up being a good solution. This way we did not have stress about visiting this and this and this place, and we could just wonder around. We found the most amazing Ramen restaurant, and I highly recommend you to go and try out Fou Fow ramen if you ever visit Amsterdam. We also visited the tulip shop, which is part of the Amsterdam tulip museum. Who know there is so many beautiful tulips in this world?? I wish one day I have my own garden and I can fill it with different tulips. Talk about life goals haha!

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A little tip buy the way for you, who are dreaming the beautiful flower market in Amsterdam. The Dutch people take their flower business seriously, so always double check if taking photos is allowed, and be especially careful which flowers you can touch. Also do not hesitate to ask tips from the people selling the flowers, as they truly know everything about flowers, which bulbs you can take to your country, how to make them grow and how to take good care of them. But be also ready for surprises, as my mother who bought two different colors of amaryllis bulbs, ended up having two same colors. What a unfortunate disappointment, but can easily happen!

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Amsterdam offers incredible amount of interesting museums, monuments and districts with different activities. I advice you to check the opening hours, but also the rush hours. It is not a joke when people say there is so much people in Amsterdam. Lines can be long, and you don´t want to end up waiting half of your visit. And if you want to do something iconic like the Anne Frank house, now a days you need to make a reservation well before your visit to be sure you get in, as it is so popular.

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Just before going back home with Miss V, we visited the iconic Red lights district. You should go there late in the evening as the amount of time we walked around the area to see more than closed windows is somewhat hilarious, as we went there already around 8 pm. In this area you need to be ready to see, that nothing is left for you to only imagine. There are real ladies (and gentlemen) behind those windows, real people using the service and a lot confusing looking people (even families with children). It is one of those places you kind of want to watch, but same time feel stupid to stare half naked ladies. There is also a lot shops and museums, and you can even have guided tour around the area.

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For these photos I used little different style for the editing, and would love to hear how you like this “little too much color” theme? Hope you have a nice Thursday!

xoxo,

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One month to Christmas -inspiration x 5

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I truly cannot believe that Christmas is here in one month – why the last months of the year always seem to fly by so fast? Christmas in by no means my favorite holiday of the year, and I love doing different DIY projects for the holiday season. I make Christmas cards every year myself, add some decoration, spend ridiculous amount of time designing how to pack gifts, make advent calendar, door wreath, candle and flower arrangements and and and..the list is endless! So what I try to say is, that I love the holiday season and all the small projects you can do around it. But the sad part of this year is, that I am not having actual home, where to do all these projects, and all my crafting materials are in Finland. So I still need to figure out, if I can do something, or is this going to be the first project free holiday for me in years. How sad is that?

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As today is Thursday I decided to do a little combination of throwback Thursday and Christmas inspiration. I listed here from last year few DIY project I did, and two small gift ideas, as many of us are having a lot small Christmas parties the upcoming weeks.

If you need inspiration for Christmas cards or a Christmas themed decoration, check Christmas DIY – Golden reindeer -post. For a simple Advent calendar Old favorite can give you an idea, and if you want to have a little green in your decoration check out the Green and rustic

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If you need a small gift, check Sweet luxury and Surprising combinationsLakrids has their new tastes for this year (amazing again, saw the pop up -boutique in Dusseldorf few weeks a go), and all the products of Nicolas Vahe are not only tasting, but also looking amazing (if you are in Finland, go check Cobello for these and so many other amazing gift ideas). From my opinion, two easy and still luxurious gift ideas!

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Have you started to prepare for the upcoming season already?

xoxo,

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TBT: BredaPhoto 2016

 

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Michael Wolf (DEU)

As I did not have time to post about this cool event earlier, I am now taking you back to sunny autumn days and introduce few cool photographers. So it is throwback Thursday time!

What I love in Breda is the amount of different kind of events. It is amazing how this city seems to be hosting totally different events almost every week. This autumn for 7 weeks Breda was hosting BredaPhoto 2016 event, which brought 80 000 visitors to see the work of 73 photographers in 15 different venues and 47 events. AMAZING!! I was originally planning to visit much more events

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Alone (2016) – Károly Effenberger

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Why I Love Tattoos – Ralf Mitsch (DEU

BredaPhoto was happening around the city for 7 weeks, and this years theme was YOU. It is a international photo festival that is organized since 2003 in Breda, with help of local volunteers. The festival offers a mixture of work from fresh and already widely known artists. And what I liked a lot, was how the events were also a mixture of different kind of things for a different kind of visitors. Something for those who just want to look something interesting for free around the city for a afternoon, and same time something for professionals, students and others who would like to enjoy afternoon in a workshop or take part of interesting conversations. Amazing amount of things, and as it all happened in a long period of time, you did not feel pressure to see everything in one weekend.

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Why I Love Tattoos – Ralf Mitsch (DEU)

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The appleseed necklace – Alexey Shlyk

All works presented in the festival were linked somehow to the theme YOU and I cannot tell how interesting photos and stories there were. Each photographer had so different style, and I realized once again how there is no right and wrong when it comes to photography. Look example the work of Michael Wolf, so amazing and so unique! I am still feeling so inspired, and I definitely found many new names to follow.

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Why I Love Tattoos – Ralf Mitsch (DEU

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Michael Wolf (DEU)

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Why I Love Tattoos – Ralf Mitsch (DEU

I think there is no need me to more analyze the work I saw, and I hope that the photos will give you some inspiration. I also linked all the artist, so please go and check more their work as there is AMAZING things! I loved how they had mixed new and “old” photographers, as this is a nice opportunity to show your work. And especially nice were all the stories explaining the photos, as it gave so much more understanding. Some stories I was reading before i look the photos, but sometimes I did it other way around, as then it was interesting to see, if I had understood the work the way the artist was thinking. But like in any art, I think it is beautiful how differently we see and feel about things we experience.

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The appleseed necklace – Alexey Shlyk

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Scrublands – Antoine Bruy (FRA)

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Scrublands – Antoine Bruy (FRA)

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l’Ange Blanc (The White Angel) – Niels Ackermann (CH)

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CARAVAN – Pauline Niks and Jesse Cremers

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Michael Wolf (DEU)

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CARAVAN – Pauline Niks and Jesse Cremers

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How to Be a Photographer in Four Lessons – Thomas Van Den Driessche (BE)

The work of Thomas Van Den Driessche was one of my favorites, as it was so different. And of course because it had a little link to Helsinki.

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How to Be a Photographer in Four Lessons – Thomas Van Den Driessche (BE)

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Aeronautics in the backyard – Xiaoxiao Xu (CHN)

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Absolutely delicious lunch! I was positively surprised and keep dreaming of blue-cheese and pear still every now and then. Why is it that you eat something nice somewhere and never remember to try the same things home?

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Everyday Annoyances – Bianca Sistermans (NLD)

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Michael Wolf (DEU)

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Michael Wolf (DEU)

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The appleseed necklace – Alexey Shlyk

xoxo,

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