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  • Amsterdam, October 2012

    Looking back to my visit to Amsterdam in 2012, I remember it so fondly. It would be one of those cities that I could picture myself happily living in. The biking culture, the history, the water, the art, everything is just wonderful. 

    Our Airbnb host was wonderful and offered to pick us up at the airport. He then took us on a little tour of the neighbourhood our apartment was in, and even brought us to a local grocery store to pick up a few necessities. (The ginger cookies were so good!)

    Our first night in the city, it was pouring rain so we stopped a local spot for a dinner of some delicious comfort food, before heading to our apartment to open up a bottle of wine. We then took some time to explore the city, before stopping a cute bar for a drink. (And by cute, I mean that there was an adorable black cat in there!)

    It was extremely hard to have any self-control with delicious looks pastries like these at every turn!

    We accidentally locked ourselves out of the apartment on this day, so before we could start our day of sightseeing we had to wait for the (extremely patient) Airbnb owner to come back! We took the time spent waiting as an opportunity to grab a couple of shots of the area surrounding the building.

    See the spider? Sorry!

    The first thing we did was take a canal tour around the city. We were so lucky to have such perfect sun shining down on us!

    We opted not to rent bikes as it was a bit daunting in a city we had never been to before. Perhaps next time we will!

    I highly recommend getting pies from Pieminister, they were perfectly flaky and filled with a wide assortment of options, we were in pie heaven.

    We also went into a Hermitage Museum for a few hours where they had a temporary Van Gogh exhibit. At the time we visited Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum was undergoing some renovations so they had moved part of the collection over The Hermitage. It is always breathtaking seeing such great works of art in their original form. 

    Sadly we didn't get to take a Heineken tour (arrived too late!), but we did explore the gift shop.

    A dream world for cyclists!

    Such a magical city at night.

    By far, the absolute best split pea soup I have ever had. I have dreams about this soup!

    A traditional dutch pancake at The Pancake Bakery

    On our last morning in Amsterdam, we went to the Anne Frank House. It was something that I have wanted to see since I was a young child reading her diaries. Words cannot express how moving and devasting seeing it in person was. Sorry if this picture is tacky, but I wanted a memory that I got to be there and see such an huge memorial to an amazing young girl and her family. 

    We then hopped on the Thalys train to Paris, photos to come soon! 

    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Cuba - Part One


    Just as the mornings are growing chilly and frosty, I decided it was a perfect time to look through and post some memories from my Cuba trip.
    This part one post will be mainly photos around the resort we stayed at in Varadero (apologies for all the nature and still life captures!). After a couple of days we ventured out of the resort and I will feature those shots in future posts! Please do come back and look:)





    Our first few days in Varadero were during the tail end of hurricane Issac. Thankfully, we only had to endure a few rainshowers and some cloudy skies. It was still extremely hot, the drinks were flowing and the water was warm so we were still able to have a great time before the sun joined us.




    My adorable Mom and Sister!





    The man who taught me so much of what I know.








    Our first (much needed) drink after our 6am flight.



    Honestly? I wasn't a fan, but it was neat to try a piña colada while in Cuba.









    It was a pretty cloudy day at the beach when we arrived. But it's okay, we were in a warm, gorgeous place.





    The sun peeked out a little!





    We saw a million cute kitties (and puppies). Don't worry, in the upcoming post there are even more to be seen.






    Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for many more Cuba photos and stories to come.


    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Osheaga iPhone Recap



    Last weekend the boyfriend and I went to Montreal for the wonderful Osheaga festival! I haven't been to Montreal since I was a teen, and I'd honestly forgotten what it was like. But, this past weekend, I fell in love. The people are friendly, the apartments are quaint, the food is delicious (but mainly hard for me to stomach), and the city is just wonderful to wander around in.  Since I took most of my photos there on film, I haven't had a chance to have them all processed yet. So I figured I'd do a little iPhone update post. Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@withcamera) may have already seen a few of these.. If you haven't followed me on there yet, please do!



    The long early morning drive there.



    Our very cute Airbnb apartment for the weekend.



    The little patio set at the apartment.



    Late night wine on the patio!




    The very informative metro signs.



    Thunderstorms rolling in at the park.



    A very tasty popsicle on a very hot day.




    Brand New



    Sigur Ros




    M83



    We wandered around Old Montreal for a few hours before the festival on Sunday.





    Interrupted this bird taking a nice little bath.




    Oh, there's Chad!

    Overall, it was an amazing weekend. I can't wait to plan my next trip (move?) to Montreal!


    All photos taken using my iPhone4 and processed using the VSCOCAM App.

  • Mother's Day 2012

    I went home to Brampton for Mother's Day back in May to see my beautiful Mom. It was a wonderful day spent with lots of food, peaceful nature, and lovely company.

    Bokeh panorama, 9 photo stitch.



    We started the day off with some baked cinnamon french toast that I made from this recipe. So tasty, but a little to much sugar so I'd probably only make it for special occasions.


    These two ducks have taken to swimming in the standing water on the top of our pool cover, they seemed joyously happy there!



    We then took a long walk through a conservation area in Brampton that was surprisingly beautiful. The weather was perfect.









    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens.

  • Another Day

    Bokeh Panorama, 13 photo stitch.


    Reliving Spring memories today with a few shots of a walk we took on a beautiful May afternoon. 


    Laundromat, furrowed brow self-portrait.


    Full of Beans Cafe on Dundas St W.

    Stealing the neighbours' lilacs!




    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens.

  • A Black and White Spring

     




    I made this doormat for Katie's birthday, thanks to a wonderful tutorial by Sincerely Kinsey.


    Fancy mussels dinner with Katie.

    Of out focus birthday cake for Chad! Espresso flavoured, yum.



    Weekend antique shopping.



    Cupcakes for Brynn's birthday!



    fun. at Kool Haus.




    The first signs of Spring.


    All photos taken between March and April 2012 with my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8 and Ilford HP5 PLUS 400.

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