With the sudden rush of sunshine and the promise of longer days, we thought we’d take the camera out and about in Amsterdam before the clouds came back.
With spring not being in full swing yet, bursts of colour like these are really noticable at the moment:
Only Twinkies, cockroaches and patio furniture survived the apocalypse.
The next couple of pictures were taken in a courtyard in the centre of Amsterdam, surrounded by houses, which are for single women only: the Begijnhof. Visitors can enter through an inconspicuous wooden door and have a look around the courtyard, but can only walk down certain parts; the rest is reserved for residents.
The atmosphere in the courtyard is almost impossibly quiet, because on the other side of the door lies the Spui, a square which is frequently used for book and art markets and always busy with tourists. When we went in, however, the only sounds still audible were those of a couple of busking musicians.
The warmer weather really does transform Amsterdam, you just have to look at the behaviour of the locals. Every seat in a patch of sun is taken, boats roam the canals and all the trivial nuisances in life, like going to work, for example, are abandoned for soaking up the fleeting sunshine with a beer.
We can’t wait for summer….