{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+}

{Barcelona: La Boqueria & Lunch al Fresco}

One of the first things we did upon arriving in Barcelona was walk La Rambla up to La Boqueria. It’s another very famous site in the city, and if you don’t already know, it’s a huge market. You can pretty much find anything you would ever need there, from fruits, veggies and meat to fish, cheese, wine, delicious tapas and the most incredible freshly squeezed juices. This place is a giant maze of deliciousness.
It’s not surprising that as we walked around we worked up a huge appetite. We slurped up some fresh juice and snacked on fresh pineapple we bought for €1, but we were ready for some real food after that! Jeanelle (one of my best expat friends here in Holland) used to live in Barcelona and she suggested we go to Les Quinze Nits for lunch. It’s located in a gorgeous plaza (conveniently close to La Boqueria), which made for a perfectly picturesque al fresco lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed our food and our sangria – it was my mom’s first time drinking sangria and she really loved it! There’s always a line out the door for this restaurant, but the line moves quick and it’s worth the wait! If you’re ever in Barcelona and you’re near La Boqueria – I’d definitely recommend it!
{Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}

{Weekend Snaps}

I’m kind of addicted to the latest iPhone photo editing app, VSCO Cam. So I thought, what better way to showcase my love than sharing weekend snaps I took using the aforementioned app. Here’s a bit of what we were up to the last few days (captions below). 

Hope you had a stunning weekend!
Loving every minute of being reunited with our sweet pup, Henry.
2 & 3 
Kentucky Derby party! How handsome does the huz look all dressed up? 🙂
4 & 5 
Enjoying the most delicious cappuccino I’ve ever tasted (and perhaps the prettiest too!) while doing some research for our next trip (Positano in 3 weeks!).
Stopping by the Sunday Market in Westerpark & admiring the awesome outdoor terraces in the area. This is one thing Amsterdam definitely does better than Portland – incredible and huge places to dine & drink al fresco!
7 & 8 
A lushy ladies brunch at G&T’s Very Nice Place. We chatted and sipped bellinis for 3 hours!

{A Perfect Little Friday Night}

Well, things haven’t slowed down around here, but I still managed to find some time to enjoy a few amazing moments this weekend. We’ve been having some incredible weather the last couple weeks and one of my favorite things about Amsterdam is how when the sun comes out everyone swarms the city to find and enjoy their sliver of it. It might be a big sunny terrace, it might be sitting at a tiny set of table and chairs on your stoop, or many times it’s just grabbing a beer or a bottle of wine and sitting along the edge of the water and soaking up the rare, blissful rays of sun. It has taken us a little while to get used to this whole consuming-alcohol-anywhere-you-want thing, but we decided to embrace it on Friday. I picked up a special bottle of Dutch IPA and we headed to a bench situated right on the Amstel River. Between Corey studying for finals and me having a busier than usual work schedule we haven’t had a lot of time to just sit and catch up, so that’s exactly what we did. Then we grabbed portobello burgers around the corner at Burger Bar and ended the night seeing The Hunger Games.  Friday night was all kinds of perfect, and I never want to forget it.
{blazer: necessary objects (similar), scarf: nordstrom, skinnies: J. Brand, striped top: lucca couture from urban outfitters, shoes: river island, bag: cole haan, sunglasses: D&G}

{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

{Seville: Metropol Parasol}

After exploring the Real Alcazar we headed over to the Metropol Parasol. The structure is a new build, designed by architect Jüergen Mayer H., and opened in March of last year. Its honeycombed roof is made of polyurethane-covered wood and held together by a new type of glue (and is supposedly the world’s largest glued structure). It’s 450 feet long and seven stories high. At the base of the structure you can see a collection of ruins that were found in a parking lot in 2004, where the structure now stands. While I wouldn’t put this on a “must-see” list for Seville, I will say that it was a great way to get a beautiful view of the city, and it’s an incredibly unique structure that I had fun taking photos of!
We ended our stay in Seville with one last glimpse of the gorgeous Cathedral. If you visit the city, grabbing a drink from a rooftop terrace with a view of the Cathedral is a must. Our favorite was the terrace at Hotel EME. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow me to use my camera up there, so no photos, but it was amazing. Super swanky. The drinks were expensive, but the view and atmosphere were worth it! Below is the view from the terrace at hoteDoña Maria, which was also nice, but not as impressive as the terrace at EME.
And back on the ground in the main square:
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

Well, I’m finally done with Seville posts! Make sure not to miss my post from yesterday (yes, I posted on a Sunday!) on the Real Alcázar, one of our absolute favorite sights in Seville.

Now on to photos of our weekend in Edinburgh- finally!!! So excited to share this fairytale city with you. I know you’re going to love it!

{Seville: Day 1}

Where We Stayed: While in Seville, we stayed at the Hotel Rey Alfonso X. It had a great central location, the rooms were modern and had a good amount of space and the staff was very friendly. The only con was that the walls are paper thin and we could hear EVERYTHING going on in the hallway. Kind of annoying when the maids are chatting away at 8 in the morning! At 75 EUR/night we were pretty happy with our choice.
The view from our room (definitely suggest getting a room that faces this back courtyard as opposed to the busy street out front):
Our first day in Seville we didn’t have much of an agenda. We dropped our bags upon arrival and quickly made our way to the main plaza by the Cathedral. We met up with Nicole and plopped down in the sun where we caught up over tapas and Sangria. It was the perfect introduction to the city. We then just wandered around the city and made our way down to the river to watch the sunset. It was incredible how many people were out enjoying the day. They just sit right down on the riverbank, bring their own food and beverages and lounge. 
We were just completely smitten with the cobblestone streets, rows of orange trees, the horse-drawn carriages and the crowds of people on every street and corner, living in the moment and enjoying the good life. I could really get used to the laid-back Spanish lifestyle! 
On our walk back to our hotel we stumbled upon this processional happening in the streets. We couldn’t figure out what was going on and felt rude asking. Any ideas?
MUCH more to come on our trip to Seville! 
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

{Seville: iPhone Snaps}

Hi all! We’re back from Seville. It was so amazing it honestly feels like it was all a dream.
Meeting up with Nicole was so much fun. I feel like we’ve been friends forever.
There was sun, 70+ degree weather, sangria, cervezas, cafe con leche, paella, tapas…I clearly indulged 🙂
I am still recovering from my 4:30AM wakeup call on Tuesday & going straight into work after a 3 hour flight + 1.5 train ride.
I haven’t uploaded photos yet, but thought all these iPhone snaps would hold you guys over!
Can’t wait to share many more photos and memories with you from our trip – I think we decided Seville has been our favorite trip so far!!
Hope you’re having an amazing week!
 left to right, top to bottom:
+pitchers of sangria
+sunset along the river
+me + nicole, reunited at last!
+plaza de espana
+mojitos on rooftops with cathedral views… life is good.
+soaking up the sun
+gorgeous spanish architecture
+another sunset along the river
+miles and miles of orange trees
+loving life at the alcazar
+alcazar gardens
+sipping a cafe con leche & sending postcards

{Scenes from a Sunday Stroll}

This past Sunday it was gloriously sunny in Amsterdam. It was also freezing, but that barely phased anyone in the city a bit. When those blue skies come out everyone is happy and the city is bustling (even more so than normal) with people hoping to enjoy the sight of the sun. We had planned on going to a museum on Sunday, but after brunch with a friend I knew I wouldn’t want to spend any more time inside. Corey and I instead spent the afternoon walking around the Jordaan, one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Amsterdam. We happened upon a boat cafe and decided we should sit and enjoy a cup of coffee (me) and a beer (Corey). It was one of those days where we walked around chatting away about how incredibly happy we are that we chose to go on this crazy adventure. There have definitely been dark days (literally and figuratively) but when that sun shines, everything becomes clearer and we know we made the right choice. 

{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

P.S. Thanks to Kyna from Great Expectations for these Photoshop Actions! I’m having fun trying something new with my editing <3

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}