The trip continues, in photos


Micha and I arrived back home in the States yesterday. Sigh, Amsterdam was my vacation from vacation. In Paris I was sleeping on a futon and in Brussels we both shared a mattress pad on the (albeit free) floor of a friend's. In Amsterdam, I had a king sized bed. Alone.

The apartment we rented was wonderful. Big, clean and simple. An old dutch building with tall ceilings and big windows. A washing machine. Most days I slept till noon.



Do you know the website airbnb? It's how we found all of our apartments for the trip. For less than half of the price of the cheapest hotel, we were able to rent our own beautiful place and have separate bedrooms and a kitchen.





The art nouveau Hamlet poster was original to the teens or 1920s and belonged to the owner's father. We both squealed when we saw it.













The owner left us a bottle of wine and fistfuls of dutch candy in our apartment when we first arrived. With such an auspicious start, how could I not fall hopelessly for Amsterdam? Easily bribed, it's true.

26 comments:

  1. Your photos are absolutely beautiful.

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  2. I am looking for a vacation apartment in Amsterdam what luck! Could I ask you which apartment you stayed in it looks wonderful!

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  4. OH MY GOD! That poster itself is worth the trip to Europe! Do you know the artist?

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  5. No, I did NOT know about airbnb, and can't believe I've gotten this far without it. Always full of surprises and excellent suggestions, you Merricks.

    Sigh. Amsty is just magical. And going in WINTER is especially romantic. Welcome home, nougats.

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  6. I LOVED Amsterdam (even moreso than Paris actually, it seemed more relaxed there) - love that photo of the frosty leaves :)

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  7. This place is great, it looks like a real home.

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  8. Wonderful! I like how the owner left you a bottle of wine and candy, so sweet! xo

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  9. I wish I had known about that website when I went to Paris and Amsterdam!

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  10. I mean: thanks God there is An Apple a Day. First reason because I'm going to Paris on new yaers eve and now I know something more to do when I'll be there. Second reason it's because you make my days, darling. I'm totally stucked in this bloody office so if I wouldnt read your blog I would be death. I know you can understand.
    So, now I know who'll get all the antique stuff I found in my granma's house... Bargain on Christamas presents, Merrick ;)
    xxxx

    hugs and hugs from Italy
    (you have to come here... so promise! I have all the king seize beds you and Micha deserve!)

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  11. Um - whaaat?! You went to Europe?! My god, this entry is beautiful. That apartment! I'm saving that website you used, I can't believe it's real. I clearly have not been to your blog in too long, I need to go back and read about your trip.

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  12. Great images! Love everyone!

    http://themessenger-bag.blogspot.com

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  13. i squealed in my head (since i'm at work) when i saw that hamlet poster too...wwwooooowwza! amazing.

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  14. It all seems so dreamy...

    Loving all of your flickr pics too.

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  15. aaahhhhh!! keep these photos coming! i hope you travel more so i can live vicariously through these delightful photos. can you put them on slides? i would totally sit through a merrick sister european vacation slide show!

    p.s amsterdam is eddie's faaaaaaavorite place in europe. gee, wonder why ;)

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  16. I just found your blog and I love it already! From your obvious love for your family, to your obsession with antique and old-timey things, I will definitely be eagerly waiting for more posts. :) I'm so jealous of your trip to Europe! It looks lovely. I've been drooling over the Airbnb site all afternoon too.

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  17. The link for the apartment is here...

    http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/57408

    We loved staying there, it wasn't in the center so you need to take the tram or rent bikes to get around.

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  18. staying in apartments is such a great idea. i wish i had remembered it when we were booking our hostels for england and ireland. staying in a comfortable place really can make a difference for a trip. oh, and lovely photos, too. i've now added amsterdam to my list of places to visit. and bruges.

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  19. These photos are completely amazing & inspiring! I think I'm in love with every single one of them.

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  20. This is so great!! And I love, love dutch peppermint!

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  21. Beautiful photos and what a beautiful poster!
    Just...WOW!

    It seems like the artist's name is Chris Lebeau (if anyone wanted to know)

    I found this:
    http://www.artnet.com/Artists/LotDetailPage.aspx?lot_id=DDE43D93EF0CC997E9014D4EB500A156

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  22. Those frosty autumn leaves are just beautiful.

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