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Instamonth: March’ top 10 Instagram pictures

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of March.

1. Spring weather expected

TGIF enjoy your weekend all! Spring weather expected on sunday! in #amsterdam #amstel #cyclechic #tgif #spring #nofilter

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2. Chit Chat

3. Amsterdam style: cycling home after an holiday

4. Mum and daughter on a Dutch bike

Mum and daughter on a Dutch bike. Suddenly it is cold again! #familycycling #bikeams #childseat #cycling #amsterdam #cyclingtogether

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5. Is that Jennifer?

6. Cycle to the music

7. Faster than the rain

Faster than the #rain in #kerkstraat #vlaamsebroodhuis #backpack #greenbike #amsterdam #cyclechic #nofilter

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8. Hotel Bike Only: Count-the-bicycles-game

9. Free Bike Parking at ‘De Hallen’

10. Waiting on the ‘Magere Burg’ for a boat to pass

Waiting on the #magerebrug for a boat to pass on the #amstel #amsterdam #fjallraven #wind #storm #cyclechic #nofilter

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Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.

Cyclist of the Month… Ingrid, author ‘Hotel Kids Only’

“There are more and more tourists in Amsterdam. And what I see quite often is that the kids of tourists are playing on an IPad or checking their phones, or they are simply bored when waiting in a restaurant. That’s why Charlotte and I decided to make the book ‘Hotel Kids Only’. With this book we want to activate the creativity of kids and at the same time ‘teach’  them something about Amsterdam. It is the perfect book for young children who visit Amsterdam for a holiday, for the kids of expats and as a nice souvenir to bring home after an Amsterdam visit.”
Designer & Illustrator Ingrid
Hotel Kids Only

Hotel Kids Only

The book ‘Hotel Kids Only’ is filled with fun things for kids to do; Game of the Goose along Amsterdam’s canals, a colouring picture of Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch, a map of the city for kids, amongst many other things. It is the perfect way for children to spend hours in their hotel rooms, on the plane to Amsterdam or waiting in restaurants or cafes. Ingrid: “Of course there are many bikes in the book too; there is a game where you have to count all the bicycles, there are bikes in the memory game, and in the ‘Game of the Goose’ you miss a turn when you stand on the ‘bike fell in the canal’ field.”
Hotel Kids Only game Hotel Kids Only -  Skinny Bridge

Ingrid the designer

Ingrid Robers (ingridrobers.com) is an illustrator and designer, she does a lot of illustrations for children. Ingrid: “I had not always planned to do so many children’s illustrations. I don’t have kids, I like kids just as I like other people, but I like the creative and pure mind they have. When I make illustrations for children I always think of my own childhood. What did I like when I was a kid? When making this book I also looked at the city imagining I were still a child. What would draw my attention?” The other author of the book ‘Hotel Kids Only’ is Charlotte Borggreve, she founded the well-known ‘Kinderkookkafé’ (restaurant where children cook), and together they wrote another book ‘Kookologie’ (a playful cookery book for kids).
Hotel Kids Only bike game

Amsterdam city centre

Ingrid lives in the city centre of Amsterdam, just a 5 minute walk from the Central Station, in a ‘red light alley’ near Spuistraat. “I live in this apartment for almost 17 years and I love the neighbourhood. Even though the area is becoming more and more touristic, it still has a local feel. I actually became friends with quite a few neighbours. When the weather is nice we take chairs out and sit in front of our houses with a glass of wine. One neighbour lives on a typical Amsterdam house boat, that is also a great spot to hang out in summer. The ladies who work in the red light district are my next door neighbours. Most of them work in this alley for many years. So in these past 17 years, I really got to know them.”
Designer and Illustrator Ingrid

Ingrid’s Amsterdam tips

Ingrid does most of her grocery shopping at the many markets in de Jordaan (the Lindengracht, the Noordermarkt and the Westerstraat). Another area she likes is the Zeedijk (Amsterdam’s Chinatown) “There are great Thai and Chinese restaurants in that street. My favourite store is the Chinese department store Dun Yong, a three story building full of Chinese food and other products. I love to go there and try food I don’t know. The nice thing is that they have little cards with information about each product.” When Ingrid has meetings for work she mostly goes to café Kobalt, where they have nice coffees and a relaxed atmosphere. Her favourite bar in the area is ‘Café In de Wildeman’: “It is a typical brown café with many different beers. There is a nice mix of locals and tourists and always when I go there I end up talking to new people or neighbours, it is a place I even go alone, because there is always someone to chat to.”

Peddling to Bob Marley

Wasn’t today just amazing? On these types of days, I have Bob Marley stuck in my head. Though it was cold, the sun was shining and the weather was sweet. Makes you want to move your peddling feet. Sunday, here I am!
Peddling to Bob Marley

Bare hands on the handlebars!

The Dutch word for ‘gloves’ is my second all-time favourite Dutch word: handschoenen. Literally translated as ‘hand shoes.’ Yep, that’s what they are: shoes for the hands.

And just as I was getting quite comfortable toting these things around everywhere I go, it seems like it might be time to put them away (the jacket and scarf can stay handy though). Because 15ºC of sun calls for bare hands on the handlebars! Weeeeeeee!

Bare hands on the handlebars!

Instamonth: 10 best Instagram pictures

We missed a few Instamonth posts, so in this post we show you the top 10 of our Instagram pics of December, January and February.

1. National Tulip Day in Amsterdam

National Tulip Day in #amsterdam #flowers #bikes #cycling #amsterdamcyclechic

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2. Christmas tree cycling

Mumma will be proud when she's sees these three turn up! #cycling #christmas #christmastree #bikes #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic

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3. 5 O’clock rush hour

4. Perfectly coloured pair

Perfectly coloured pair #amsterdamcyclechic #amsterdam #cycling #family

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5. Let it snow!

Good morning #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #bikes #snow #canals #cycling

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6. Foggy and cold Amsterdam

Foggy and cold amsterdam..is it going to snow? #nofilter #iamsterdam #cyclechic #fog #winter #amsterdam

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7. Baby chill modus on daddy’s bike

Baby chill modus on daddy's bike with no #bikeluggagerack cycling in #amsterdam #cyclechic #chill #iamsterdam #nofilter

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8. Christmas tree in panniers

Bike-sized. #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #bikes #christmas #christmastree #cycling #pannier

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9. National Tulip Day at Dam Square

National Tulip Day #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #flowers #tulips #red #bikes

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10. Bike love in London

Instamonth
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.

Does it make you smile?

Sometimes it’s cold. Hailing. Wet. Cloudy. And then sometimes we get lucky with nothing but sun. Yep, that makes us smile, smiles like these two. No gloves or hats even. That’s what being on your bike does — makes you smile.

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