Wieger and Anne Marie love to go out for dinner, visit art galleries, and look for nice boutique hotels or B&B’s for their next city trip. So why not turn their passion into their work? That’s what they did, they started their own B&B in a typical Amsterdam house in the popular neighbourhood De Pijp. It is called Ollies Bed and Breakfast. The breakfast is lovely, they have cool photography in the rooms and they made their own mini-guide of the city so that their guests can enjoy Amsterdam as much as they do.
Food and Art
Wieger and Anne Marie love art. The museum district is only a 5 minute walk from their B&B. Wieger: “The Rijksmuseum is really a must see, both for the art and for the cool designed building. It is amazingly done.” Anne Marie: “But we actually prefer to visit art galleries and especially photography galleries. In weekends we love to walk around de Spiegelkwartier. We always pay a visit to Jaski Art Gallery and the Yellow Korner.” The Spiegelkwartier has been the heart of the art and antiques trade for the past 80 years with over 70 specialised art and antique dealers.
Their other hobby is to go out for dinner. Anne Marie: “We love restaurant Sent just across the street. It is a small and lovely place where they cook with a Green Egg. But we have so many other favourites like Vis aan de Schelde [Close to RAI. “Michelin-star quality food, and a very relaxed atmosphere”], Toscanini in the Jordaan [a very popular Italian place, so make sure to make a reservation], ‘French-bistro-style’ restaurant Rijsel in a side street of the Amstel, fine dining at Fyra just off Vijzelgracht and Bar Americano [along the Amstel, where you can eat Italian food and stay till late at night for drinks at the bar].”
What to do in Amsterdam
Wieger calls himself an Amsterdamophile: “Amsterdam is the best city to live in. The size is perfect, everything is walking distance. And after living here for almost fifteen years, I still enjoy the beauty of the city.” Anne Marie: “There is always something nice to do in Amsterdam; concerts, expositions, new pop-up stores opening and there are many festivals. I am not that much into electronic music festivals but I love food and art festivals like De Rollende Keukens in the Westerpark, the Food Soul Festival and the Affordable Art Fair in Amsterdam-Noord. For shopping I recommend the 9 Straatjes and the Pijp. Just a few minutes’ walk from our B&B you have the Gerard Doustraat. Since a few years a lot of nice stores have opened there. It is becoming very trendy.”
Bikes and Boats
“The best way to see Amsterdam is by bike or boat”, says Wieger. “My favourite cycling spots are the Vondelpark, the old canals and the cycle path under the Rijksmuseum.” Anne Marie: “On sunny days we take a boat, bring some food and drinks, friends and nice music and sail through the canals.” They would both recommend tourists to rent a bike and go through the city like locals do. Wieger: “I think it is recommendable for tourists to plan their cycling trip a bit before they start cycling. Cycling can be quite hectic. But there are nice routes and neighbourhoods like the Jordaan are great to discover by bike.”
Ollie’s Bed and Breakfast
Ollie’s Bed and Breakfast has got three rooms. Anne Marie and Wieger live on the first and second floor and the rooms are on the third and fourth floor of a typical ‘de Pijp’ building with steep stairs in a cosy street. “Working together is going really well. We have a good division of tasks but we also work a lot together,” says Anne Marie. Wieger: “We have the same taste of style and paid a lot of attention to detail when furbishing the room. We would love to have guests over who share our taste for interior design and our love for photography.”
Beijing-based website OVIEW360 contacted us. This fancy Chinese online magazine freshly started in 2014. They provide detailed coverage of European Architecture, Interior, Industry design, Building products, and Travel & Life Style to Chinese viewers. Although there are many such websites in Europe, OVIEW360 is almost the only one in China!
OVIEW360’s European editor, Fanpei, wrote a great article on “Dutch Bike Culture” in their “Travel & Life Style” section, see here:
关于Amsterdam Cycle Chic：起源于丹麦首都哥本哈根的自行车文化。2007年记者，电影导演兼摄影师的Mikael Colville－Anderson以博客形式发表了哥本哈根人们使用自行车的照片，他的博客启发了全球自行车运动，展示给世界骑自行车可以是非常时尚的并成为日常生活中的一部分。Amsterdamcyclechic 既是全球自行车运动的一部分。
Well, I am telling you the article is great, not that I speak chinese, I trust Fanpei who confirmed me the translation was as follow:
“It’s a common site to see citizens traversing the city with panniers fully loaded, a child on the back, and the cyclist grasping anything from a framed artwork to a bouquet of flowers. Likewise, more and more visitors to Amsterdam want to experience the freedom afforded by a life on two wheels. It’s for good reason! Cycling is the easiest way to get around and see the city. Amsterdam is home to approximately 880,000 bicycles, which is slightly more than the population of the city itself. (original text from Iam amsterdam, translated and edited by oview360)”
They asked us permission to use some of our pictures. They have choosen themselves and picked some of our last instant classics:
Here is the link to the article for the full collection of pictures.
Buenos Aires is becoming more and more a cycling city. We love it, and we love to be involved in events promoting cycling in the Argentine capital. This year we were part of the jury of a photography competition organised by I Bike ABC and Motivarte. The theme of the competition was “The bicyle in the urban lanscape” and the jury (consisting of our team member Aude, Mikael Colville-Andersen from Copenhagen Cycle Chic, Else Siemerink, founder of Buenos Aires Cycle Chic, Silvia Rottenberg from NIBA, and Jonas Papier from Photography School Motivarte) had a tough time choosing a winner. But they managed, and these are the winning pictures:
Amsterdam Cycle Chic has worked before with I Bike ABC. In 2012 a selection of our pictures were printed in large sizes and shown around Buenos Aires to promote cycling.
Keep up the Bici Love Buenos Aires!
I Bike ABC
I Bike ABC is an organisation in Buenos Aires that organises events to promote cycling in the Argentine capital. ABC stands for Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen. I Bike ABC is an inititiave of the Danish and Dutch embassies in Buenos Aires and NIBA (Netherlands Institute in Buenos Aires).
Give a lift, or carry your friend’s bag. These two friends have it down.
Paulien is a very friendly business woman with a huge smile all over her face. When I asked her not to smile for some pictures on the shoot, it was so unnatural for her that we would both burst out laughing after a few seconds. So the smile you see is real!
Crazy for bags, Paulien always wanted to create her own brand. So after obtaining a bachelordegree in history, a mastersdegree in international relations and an internship at the Dutch foreign affairs office, she decided to go for her dream in 2010. She worked hard on her concept and on her first creations, and sold her very first O My bag in 2011.
Willing to bring something good to society, she decided to create her bags fairly made. She believes that the consumer is responsible for the world he wants to live in and for what he believes is right, so for the choice he makes while buying. Her motto is « you vote with your wallet ».
Paulien also wants to raise awareness for the production process. Therefore O My bag also shares lots of pictures of the people working in the O My bag factories. She has choosen her factories after travelling to India to look for the best factory for her concept. O My bag is now working with 4 factories in Calcutta. In Amsterdam O My bag has 4 employees and 4 interns. Their office is located in a fantastic place, an ‘antikraak’ location which means a place « anti-squatting ». As you might know, it is legal to squat a building or house in Amsterdam that has been unoccupied for over a certain period of time, so owners prefer to rent the place for a bargain to avoid the risk of squatters !
If you are in Amsterdam, you can get her bags in several stores but you can get them in many other European countries too and even in USA, Russia and South Korea ! For all others ; O My bag ships all around the world if you order online.
Paulien bikes on a standard Dutch bike, she has got it since 3 years. But she is going to get a business bike soon. A bike from the brand Lekker. Both brands share the same space and spirit in the pop up store Gekaapt, together with 6 other brands.
Paulien has a collection of lights on her bike. You may think she wants to be seen in these dark days of winter. But that is not the case. None of them is working ! She laughs. (Paulien always laughs !) It became some kind of decoration of the bike. She says all those lamps can’t survive the rain. And she is right, most of these little lamps can’t take all the rain falling in Amsterdam !
It only takes Paulien 20 minutes to ride her bike from her home to the office. She has differents ways to do this ride. If she is not in a hurry, she prefers the ride through the Vondelpark. Otherwise she goes through the city, on the Willems Parkweg or the van Breestraat. Very curious, she loves to look inside the Dutch homes, especially at this time of year because it’s dark early and Dutch families hardly close the curtains so you can have a look at all these beautifully enlighted homes.
Paulien’s home is very special too, it’s a ‘woonboot’ which litterally means ‘livingboat’. She shares her home with 2 other girlfriends. After University they moved together to Amsterdam and have been happy flatmates ever since. As you can see it’s a very cute, special home with a hood and thatch roof. It looks a bit like a chalet on water. It’s on a promenade path, so in summer they often hear passers-by that wonder « who would be living here ? » Well now you know it’s Paulien, the O My bag woman..
Reportage by Aude
Alexander is a true Amsterdammer. He owns a beautiful flower shop in the speigelquartier in the centre of the city. His customers cycle up to his store on the Prinsengracht canal and cycle away with handfuls of gorgeous flowers neatly tucked away in their arms, bike crates or panniers. He lives and breaths flowers – he even lives on a street called the Bloemgracht! (flower canal). You may have seen Alexander or his staff zipping through Amsterdam on their bikes delivering daily flowers to locals in the sunshine, rain or even snow.
Why did you become a florist?
The story all started in the area of Nieuwendammerdijk, in Amsterdams North where I grew up. This area provided my inspiration as a small child where I played in the forest behind my family home, building huts and creating my own garden. I used to make floral necklaces for my grandmother in my little secret hideaway. Floristry came naturally as I love working with my hands and creating special and unique things and getting to know all different kinds people. I love it.
Where are your favourite places to ride?
In the Summertime I love riding my racebike to the fishing village of Marken. This 45km cycle route is the best way to spend a summer day and it is also a popular route amongst locals and tourists. You can take a quick ferry ride from Amsterdam, cycle along the picturesque dyke houses all the way through Durgedam. Its a beautiful cycle route. In Spring and Fall I love cycling through forests such as Amsterdamse Bos or Hoge Veluwe which is outside of Amsterdam. I even take my bike to other cities such as Brussels when I have weekends away. It’s the only way to travel.
What bike do you own?
I have an original Gazelle that my Grandfather used to own, a racebike, an opa fiets (Grandpa bike) which has a big wooden crate to make my flower deliveries with – and I recently received a beautiful hybrid bike for my birthday which is half race-bike, half mountain bike. Each one has it’s own purpose.
A.P Bloem services Amsterdam and across the Netherlands with their arrangements and displays for local homes, birthdays, weddings and special events. Their signature style draws inspiration from the Golden Age and wild fields in the true essence of nature. “We genuinely love what we do and we wish for people to share and experience the beauty of the special things we source and create” says Alexander. You can keep up to date with their flowery adventures here.
Amsterdammers know how to dress for the cold, the wet, the cloudy, and the ugly. And they do it in style!
What is the best way to recover from a leg/knee/ankle injury? Just to keep on cycling? Or are they just nice people taking care of their injured friends? I always wonder when I see this phenomenon. And sometimes I get caught in the act!
Yep it’s that time again–dig out your scarves, hats, and long coats … because, ladies and gents, it’s fall.
This is my catch for you this week dear followers..I knew he saw me but what a look!