Waterlogue Wednesdays: Dutch Bricks, Bikes, and Beauty

bicycle, bike, netherlands, holland, flowers, fiets, falling-off-bicycles, watercolor, julian-willard, schoonhoven, waterlogue, tinrocket,, dutch-facades, Julie Willard
Épanouissement
bicycle, bike, netherlands, holland, flowers, fiets, falling-off-bicycles, watercolor, julian-willard, schoonhoven, waterlogue, tinrocket,, dutch-facades, Julie Willard
Illustration
bicycle, bike, netherlands, holland, flowers, fiets, falling-off-bicycles, watercolor, julian-willard, schoonhoven, waterlogue, tinrocket,, dutch-facades, Julie Willard
Épanouissement

For your Waterlogue Wednesday today, I am sharing a few photos that I took this week at a random (to me) town I visited recently. My friend needed to run an errand in the area, so we went to the center of a town called Schoonhoven, the Netherlands. Wandering through, I saw that it really was the quintessential Dutch town… bikes everywhere, cheese shops, a canal or two flowing through, and that typical Dutch architecture. When I saw this façade, I had to shoot it. Unfortunately, the street was too narrow for me to capture it in its entirety, so here you have it in three parts. 🙂

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Dutch Love

Amsterdam, Netherlands, canal, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Dutch architecture, Waterlogue
Naturel
Utrecht, Netherlands, flowers, roses, canal, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles
Éclatant
Utrecht, Netherlands, bike, flowers, roses, canal, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles
Épanouissement

For your Waterlogue Wednesday today, I am sharing a few photos that I shared on Instagram this week. I have had fragrant flowers on my mind and am suddenly eager to go cycle around Dutch canals once again. I love enjoying some amaryllis and hyacinths in January, so I had to share some bundles I spotted at a Dutch bloemenmarkt one time. The last photo was taken in the Spring of 2014 in Utrecht with my friend Merrit, who lives there. We met thanks to Instagram.

Many more Springy photos to come, but they’ll probably return in a couple of months…

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Southern Netherlands

Waterlogue, Julie Willard, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Watercolor, day trip from Amsterdam, Bergen op Zoom
Color Bloom
Waterlogue, Julie Willard, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Watercolor, day trip from Amsterdam, Bergen op Zoom
Illustration
Waterlogue, Julie Willard, Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Watercolor, day trip from Amsterdam, Bergen op Zoom
Illustration

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good façade. My recent travels to the south of the Netherlands took me to a city I didn’t expect to be super special in terms of architecture, but I found even the row houses in Bergen op Zoom are charming. Thanks for the watercolors, Waterlogue.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Typical Scenes

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Anne Frank House, Waterlogue
Color Bloom
Julia Willard, Julie Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, bike Paris, photographer Paris
Profilé
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, figs, fall, autumn, Paris
Luminous
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Anne Frank House, Waterlogue
Color Bloom

Seasons are associated with colors and tones for me, so as Fall approaches I find myself more and more attracted to bold tones and the colors of the changing and falling leaves. This Waterlogue is a little tip of the hat to this autumn season that I love in both Amsterdam and Paris.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Orange Bike

It's Technical
It’s Technical
Streamlined
Streamlined

Seasons are associated with colors and tones for me, so as Fall approaches I find myself more and more attracted to bold tones and the colors of the changing and falling leaves. This Waterlogue is a little tip of the hat to this autumn season that I love in both Amsterdam and Paris.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Stoops and Angles

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Paris photographer, parked bike, watercolor, waterlogue
Vibrant
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Waterlogue, watercolor
Illustration

As you know by now, I tend to shoot straight on at façades, but there are times when I approach – especially in Amsterdam – a stoop all decorated with pots of flowers and maybe even a little bench from which residents people watch on nice days and have to shoot that, too. The angle is one I sometimes have to force myself to notice, but in Amsterdam I find it’s yet another great angle to get the gist of a beautiful façade, while still getting the depth of the front “garden” and maybe even the size of the steps. Wondering why the steps matter? In Amsterdam the front staircase was, once upon a time, an indication of a family’s wealth and status in society. These images were painted in my favorite, the Waterlogue app.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Westerkerk View, Amsterdam

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Anne Frank House, Waterlogue
Vibrant

Well, it took me long enough! After so many years in Paris always looking for the next great view from above, and having only found a couple of cool high-up views in Amsterdam, I finally decided to look into potential view spots in Amsterdam last year. Although there are no options like the Tour Montparnasse or the Eiffel Tower to boost you well over the surrounding buildings, there are a few decent options, namely in the city’s church towers. It wasn’t until this Spring, that I made it to the top of two of the towers. I can confirm that they are indeed Amsterdam’s best options for letting people enjoy those gorgeous gables from a higher perch. In June, I enjoyed views from the tops of the Oude Kerk in the Red Light District and the Westerkerk on Prinsengracht. Each tour includes local Dutchies giving 30 min. tours for about 7€ each.

This week’s Waterlogue features a couple of the views from the Westerkerk, which can be found at the crossing of Prinsengracht and Raadhuisstraat. The church is situated next to the block of houses where Anne Frank was in hiding with her family during World War II. The queue for the museum – not so visible in the watercolor – was longer than I have ever seen it when I was peering down; I suspect it’s among Amsterdam’s top five tourist destinations. A definite must for your visit to this beautiful city, but please make your reservations in advance!

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Prinsengracht, watercolor, waterlogue
It’s Technical

Check out information here on visits to the church towers: http://www.westertorenamsterdam.nl

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Montmartre

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Paris, Paris photographer, Montmartre, Waterlogue, watercolor
Natural
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Paris, Paris photographer, Montmartre, Waterlogue, watercolor
It’s Technical
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Paris, Paris photographer, Montmartre, Waterlogue, watercolor
Illustration
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Paris, Paris photographer, Montmartre, Waterlogue, watercolor
Profilé

Beautiful Montmartre as seen during my Discover Walks Paris Tour taken back in May. I used four different Waterlogue styles on with this group, and I think they all look fabulous.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Parked Bikes

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Paris photographer, parked bike
Natural
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Paris photographer, parked bike, watercolor, waterlogue
Natural

Two adorable parked bikes in Amsterdam “au naturel” for your Waterlogue Wednesday today. You’ll be seeing plenty more of these, since I can scarcely pass any bicycle in Amsterdam without shooting it, let alone a cute one!

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Parked Bicycle in Avignon

Avignon, France photo by Julia Willard Falling Off Bicycles

Today’s Waterlogue is from an image I took at a church in Avignon. As you probably know by now, I go to Provence regularly, since I have an adopted French family there. I took a few days away from my sweet family to explore a few French towns on my own. I had been to Avignon a couple of times before, but I had a completely new experience with it this most recent time. It’s so charming and has such a strong bike culture! (I can’t help but wonder if I was oblivious to it before or if cycling is on the rise there.) I loved getting up early and wandering the streets by myself. Those beautiful French doors, the framing of the churches beautiful stonework, and the bicycle all together naturally caught my attention.