Less than two years ago I visited Amsterdam for the first time as I was visiting my brother, who lived there. I loved the city. I went in early autumn, when the leaves are just starting to change colors. There were still flowers all around. I found a colorful city full of life. A busy city that never stops and, at the same time, a place where you could have a slower life: less traffic, lots of bikes all around and close to nature. You can see photos from that trip here and here.

My brother has now moved to London. And we went to spend with him his last days in Amsterdam. This time, I enjoyed having my brother guiding us through the city, telling us interesting stories and facts about it and taking us to his favorite places. We walked through beautiful Vondelpark and the busy streets and canals in the city centre. We admired Van Gogh’s work in his museum. It was cold and the weather wasn’t as good as during my first visit. Wind and storms accompanied us most of the time, but there was also time for beautiful sunny moments.

I didn’t take as many photos as my first visit to Amsterdam. But I loved to wander around Amsterdam and to see my brother saying goodbye to a city that has made him happy for more than three years.

Here are some of the photos I took there. I hope you like them!

Thanks Fran and Nata for being such wonderful hosts in Amsterdam! We loved sharing with you your last days in Amsterdam! I wish you all the luck and happiness in your new adventure in London! Love you!!


  1. Francisco Javier Catalan

    We will come back at least to visit!!! Thank you for coming over!!!

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a mil Fran!! So so happy you like Amsterdam through my lenses!! It’s been so great to enjoy the city having you as a guide! We couldn’t have had a better one!! 🙂 Next time, London or Zurich!!

  2. Again, beautiful pictures! I’m looking forward to seeing your London pictures when you visit your brother there!! How wonderful to have family in different countries. You get exposed to so many cultures, but it does make family holiday dinners difficult.

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a lot, Anne!! I enjoyed so much my first visit to Amsterdam that I needed to show it to my husband before my brother moved to London, hehhee. And it was super fun to have my brother as guide again! 🙂
      Oh, yes, family dinners are getting more and more difficult!! All of us travel to Madrid for holidays, but as we get older and we start getting married, having kids… things get more complicated every year! But it’s so fun when we all get together! Those are memorable days!!! 🙂

  3. Being guided by a local is the best thing <3 Hope he's enjoying London, too

    • mercedescatalan

      I loved that he could take us to all his favourite places! And I was surprised to see how much he knows about the city! I’m not sure I know Zurich that well, hehehe (maybe I know more the mountains :P)
      He hasn’t arrived to his new city in the best of times, right? UK is not as bad as Spain or Switzerland, but I’m sure they are already taking measures there too… Hopefully, he will enjoy the city once everything is calm again!
      How are things in Finland these days?

      • They banned events today, I’m looking forward to my employer deciding people should work from home, not quite there yet 😬

        • mercedescatalan

          I hope they had already taken a decision! Here in Switzerland we’re already in lockdown for a whole month. It’s going to be a long one!! I hope it works at least reducing the number of people in hospitals…
          Hope you and yours are safe and healthy!

          • Things are happening fast. They closed schools but daycare is still open. My employer said we can work from home. So there’s some improvement but as long as hubby’s still going to work and the boys to daycare, it’s not really proper protection

          • mercedescatalan

            I understand what you mean! Swiss government took already some measures last Friday, but seeing what is happening in Spain or Italy, these measures seemed too weak. Yesterday they announced the lockdown… but I can see people meeting outside, children playing in parks and so on… There’s no really social distancing yet. I’m afraid the strong measures are still waiting around the corner, and we’ll experience them in a few days and for weeks! (maybe I’m a bit upset because we’ve been longer working from home and not going out unless we really need it)
            I hope this month goes away quickly… 😛

  4. I especially like that first shot, Mercedes. And what is it about bikes? 🙂 🙂 Stay safe, hon!

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a lot, Jo! The weather wasn’t very good during those days in Amsterdam, but the city looked very photogenic with those dark clouds and the sun shinning sometimes through the thick clouds 🙂
      And the bikes…. well, I haven’t seen so many bikes as I did in Amsterdam! I find crazy how they use them even when it’s pouring rain or it’s too windy! I wouldn’t dare!! Hehehe. But I come from Madrid, where bikes are an extravagant way to move around (although even there it’s becoming more popular now that people are starting to be worried about the environment and climate change).
      I wish the same for you and your family! Stay safe and healthy!

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