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Instead of flying direct to the US when I go to Guild School I like to fly through Amsterdam in The Netherlands, a city I have only seen a fraction off, a city that some of you call home. One of the things that I like to do in a city that is foreign to me is too just walk in the streets and gaze in wonder at all the buildings that is so different from those in my own country. One other thing I love to do is shop for unusual things that I can't find back home, there are two fabric shops in Amsterdam that sells the most beautiful fabric that I haven't seen here, a miniaturist can never have too much fabric...right...especially if you do soft coverings and/or dolls. The first shop specializes in silk, they have wonderful fabrics and is a must stop for all fabric lovers, here is a photo of some of my loot in 2012 and the link to the shop. http://www.puresilk.nl/company.html The second shop sells beautiful quilting fabrics, many that are unusual and with fine enough designs for miniatures, they also sell reproduction fabrics of antique Dutch quilts, unfortunately not really suitable for miniatures but oh so beautiful. http://www.dutchquilts.net/EN_index_.html Luckily for me the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reopened after many years of renovation just a few weeks before my visit in 2013, I only saw a fraction of this museum and definitely plan to visit it again, there are so much to see here and lots of inspiration for miniatures. I love blue and white porcelain and would love to have a mini of the birdcage in this photo. There are a few house museums in Amsterdam too, my good friend Josje Veneenbos took me to this one. http://www.cromhouthuizen.nl/en Here are two photos of the interior, I loved the carved door and was quite intrigued by the way they build the staircase right in front of the window. When I go again I plan on seeing more of the house museums.