Why not begin with the end, since it is so fresh on the brain. Hard to believe that the trip is over. We were all getting very used to spending so much time together. Modenus treated us so well that they had to schedule our rides to the airport to make sure we left. If you had seen the hotel, you would understand. We all wanted to move into our incredible rooms and stay in Amsterdam forever. Ready to see photos? I warn you, my posts in the next few days will have a lot of photos, yet only a small representation of the thousands I took. Let’s get started with the adventurous design day in Amsterdam, the final day of BlogTour Cologne sponsored by Modenus. !!!
We arrived by train from Cologne early and went straight to The College Hotel, which Veronika had chosen – a posh little boutique hotel that is one of the coolest places I have ever stayed, located in the center of Amsterdam’s fashion and Museum district. Veronika has great taste.
We were only there to drop off our bags and head straight out to make the most of the short time we had in this lovely city, lead by the lovely Louise of 30sMagazine and representing Meet The Blogger. Most of us had never been to Amsterdam so she gave a group of us a pretour before we came back to join the rest for our infusion of Amsterdam Design. If you ever want a walking design tour of Amsterdam, contact Louise.
It was so completely heavenly that for a moment I wondered if perhaps I had been mowed down by a cyclist while stepping back to take a photo…they go fast and it is best not to think of the only ice-free areas (bike paths) as foot worthy for even a second. They’ll get you.
locals who were kind enough to spend the day shopping with us
We were lead by Louise de Miranda of 30′s Magazine, Patrick of Interiorator.com, Desiree of Vogesparis, and Nienke Zendervan, editor of Eigen Huis and Interieur Magazine on a tour of Amsterdam design hosted by Eigen Huis & Interieur Magazine.
My favorite store was Moooi, above. The Amsterdam Design vibe is edgy, modern & chic.
Then the Blogger event- Meet the Blogger, where we had drinks & snacks with local bloggers and welcome wifi. Here are more of the bloggers: Iris Havekes, Sabine de Witte, Ulrike Jurklies, Souraya Hassan, Sonia van der Swaan, and Wendy -not pictured, sorry. (how did I not get a photo of the professional photographer?!)
We continued our walk through the beautiful streets to dinner, then back to the hotel
for a final nightcap with the entire group.
And then to bed…pure bliss.
Many thanks to Modenus for a memorable and inspiring trip. You and the sponsors (Mr. Steam, Miele, Blanco, Axor, Du Verre, NKBA) were so good to us. We will always treasure the memories and new friendships.