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{Snow Day!}

Well, remember last week when I said “Hopefully I won’t have anymore snow photos to share with you anytime soon”… I clearly spoke to soon because Sunday morning we woke up to a beautiful blanket of fresh white powder! But seeing as it was Sunday and I didn’t have anywhere to be (more specifically, a train to be on headed towards the office…) I was giddy with excitement. I practically jumped out of bed, threw on 17 layers of clothes and took off for a snowy morning walk with my boys. It was early enough that most of the city was still sleeping, so we had the fresh snow all to ourselves. I loved every minute of it! Now that it’s back to work for the week I am back to hoping it doesn’t snow again… At least until the weekend 🙂
 {Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}
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{Weekend Snaps!}

After last weekend’s debacle I was really looking forward to a chilled out weekend at home in Amsterdam.
And that’s exactly what I got – complete with the most gorgeous, crisp fall days and bright blue skies. I was a happy girl.
This weekend included lots of long walks with the huz and pup.
Exploring different neighborhoods and discovering new places.
Lots of fresh mint tea.
A trip to the Pure Market for fun trinkets and delicious treats with these two.
All in all it was just the weekend I needed!
{Coat: TopShop, Scarf: H&M (old), Jeans: J Brand, Booties: Sam Edelman, Sunglasses: D&G}
 {Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}
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{Rachael + Christian Engaged}

I still have at least one more Greece post for you, but interrupting for today to show you some engagement photos I took for my friends Rachael and Christian last week!
Rachael, an American expat living in Amsterdam, contacted me months ago after finding my blog. She asked if I would be willing to take engagement photos for her and her fiance! I was so excited. It was the first time anyone had contacted me (that I didn’t know) to take pictures for them! Well, we met for coffee soon after and we totally hit it off. We’ve been friends ever since (and she has since started her own amazing blog – Let’s Be Adventurers – which is packed with gorgeous travel photos!). 
We finally got some good weather and I jumped at the chance to take photos for these two. I think we all went into it a little nervous not knowing what to expect, but it turned out to be a super fun and relaxed evening taking pictures of these two. They are so in love, constantly laughing and constantly smooching 🙂 My kind of couple! 
Anyways, here are a few of my favorites from the session!
 {Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}
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{Weekend Snaps}

Some iPhone snaps from our glorious four-day weekend. Captions below!
We ventured over to Ijburg to check out these floating houses I’m obsessed with. Then we stopped in to Espressofabriek for some muffins, lattes & magazine reading.
We took the train to Hilversum (the same town we work in!) for dinner with family friends. We were a little bored on the train, as you can see 🙂
We spent a day in The Hague with Jeanelle and her boyfriend Steven, who live there. We were very impressed by how quaint and clean it was. Will definitely be doing a full post on the city soon! This is a photo of the Peace Palace.
The sun decided to come out so we grabbed our bikes and cycled to Oud Zuid – a neighborhood we don’t spend much time in – to sit outside and enjoy some snacks & a glass of wine. Afterward we met up with some friends at Barca for dinner & drinks! It was so much fun!
A leisurely brunch at Le Pain Quotidien never disappoints!
Grocery shopping at our favorite store, Marqt. It’s the Whole Foods of the Netherlands – love!
Cycling home our groceries for the week (it’s a short one as we’re off to Italy on Thursday!). 

{all photos taken with my iPhone & edited with VSCO Cam & Camera+}
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{Bike Ride to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel}

A few months ago Carly wrote about her bike ride from Amsterdam to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. It sounded like a fun thing to do on a sunny day, so I kept it in my back pocket until just the right moment. Saturday morning we had no plans and the sun was shining and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the gorgeous weather. 

We rode along the Amstel River the entire way to Ouderkerk and back (a healthy 22km roundtrip). We passed by windmills, joggers, tons of farm animals, peaceful pastures and more kayakers than we could count. Once we got to the tiny little town, we sat along the water’s edge and enjoyed a cup of coffee before turning back around to Amsterdam.

There is something to be said about the peace of the countryside. Amsterdam is very crowded and we live right in the heart of the city, where there are swarms of people constantly around us. Most of the time I like it, but being out in the peace and quiet of this adorable town refreshed me in the best way possible.

{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

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A Ride Through Vondel Park

We’ve had quite a stroke of luck with a few weekends in a row of dry weather here in Amsterdam. We know it won’t last, so last Sunday, despite wanting to stay in and be lazy, we motivated ourselves to take advantage of the weather and go for a bike ride through Vondel Park instead. The park was buzzing with people even though it was freezing out. Beggers can’t be choosers and I think we were all just happy it wasn’t raining! To warm up a bit we stopped for fresh mint tea in the park and watched the sun set. I wouldn’t mind ending every weekend this way.
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}
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{Weekend Snaps}

This weekend was incredible. We had two rare, sunny Amsterdam days in a row!! Here’s a bit about what we were up to:

+Friday night date night – we went out for Chinese 🙂
+Saturday we grabbed a coffee and walked to Museumplein and people watched
+Admired the leaves that have started to fall and the trees changing colors
+Enjoyed a relaxing al fresco lunch while we soaked up the sun
+Finally bought bikes – we’re officially Dutchies!
+Tried a new pizza joint (it was yummmy)
+Rode to the windmill brewery for a couple beers (more on that in another post!)
+Counted our blessings as we marveled at the fact that we live in Amsterdam (holy crap)!
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Weekend in Broek en Waterlaand: Part II

On Saturday we biked to Marken, this adorable little Dutch island about 7 miles from Broek en Waterlaand . We were going to tour a clog workshop and a cheese farm, but once we got there we were just having so much fun riding around exploring the island we skipped all that! We packed a light picnic of cheese, crackers and wine, and stopped along the tiny marina to enjoy it. The scenery during the bike ride was just seriously unreal. I wanted to stop and take pictures every five seconds. I settled for every 30 🙂 We biked through adorable little towns, past farms with cows and horses and sheep, and best of all, right along the water. I had a smile plastered to my face the entire time. It was the most perfect little adventure for our weekend getaway!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}