hello you. i'm just here. writing you this postcard from my b&w canal house. it's just dandy!
as are the passerbys, the cafes, bicycles, cobbled streets, canals, and trees trees trees. the air has a slight autumn chill, but so far the trees look like they're in the blush of summer. we'll see how this changes over the next weeks.
there are some magnificent large scale oil paintings here by the artist joep van delft. i painted some of his cats into my travel journal yesterday. the lady in the orange shift is the owner of the apartment where i'm parking it for the next couple of weeks. when i exclaimed my pleasure in these paintings she let me know that i could meet the painter if i wished. they are friends. he is in a houseboat nearby. i know i should take her up on such a generous offer, but i'm already meeting a new person in haarlem on tuesday and you know my sociability has its limits. but we'll see!
of all places to dine i found an argentinian steakhouse last night! surely it was the best ribeye ever. on the planet. i ate it and watched the lively street. eavesdropped on dinner conversations. and afterwards wandered through the breezy night streets. all the way to home.
to my sweet apartment with the crooked worn steps leading down to the kitchen and up to the bath. this is just exactly where your great great maiden aunt hilda would have lived in the amsterdam version of the belle epoch 100 years ago. holding salons for free thinkers, poets, artists, writers, book lovers.
and for you, i found a hotel around the corner. reserved you the room with the small balcony. where you might sun yourself in the mornings and sit out in the evenings with your g.g. aunt hilda's shawl. later you can come to my place. we'll have a sketch party sitting in 2 little tables i set up for us in front of the canal windows. okay?
if you're well behaved and not too terribly chatty i'll have you come back for breakfast. how about a sausage croissantesque baked good and a crispy waffle? beverages can make or break a good meal. don't worry, i've got you covered.