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Fashion Stalking in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fashion Stalking in Amsterdam's Airport, all images captured by Paula Erskine

Now, before you say, “she’s gone too far,” you must admit, it all makes for entertaining fashion stalking in Amsterdam’s Airport. all images captured by Paula Erskine

Me watching them watching buskers on the street.

Me, watching them, watching buskers on the street.

Berget Lewis, free concert in the park. A great oppournity to fashion stalk. Love that Rihanna hair, Berget.

Berget Lewis, free concert in the park. Work that jumpsuit! Love that Rihanna hair, Berget.

Spectators at Berget's concert in Vondelpark.

Spectators at Berget’s concert in Vondelpark. You go girl!

Gwen Stefani might approve all this stripe fashion.

Gwen Stefani might approve all this stripe fashion.

Fasjoon meets function.

Fashion meets function. So inspiring.

Waiting for a decadent eggs benedict at a popular cafe on the canal, and noting the naturally fashionable Dutch style.

Waiting for a decadent eggs benedict at a popular cafe on the canal, and noting the naturally fashionable Dutch style.

Casual and boating the canals, Amsterdam.

Casual style and boating the canals, Amsterdam.

Downtown Amsterdam, orange pants and messenger bag.

Downtown Amsterdam, orange pants and messenger bag.

On the train to the airport, Amsterdam

On the train to the airport, Amsterdam. Anything goes.

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Amsterdam’s Vondelpark Free Concerts

Amsterdam's Vondelpark Free ConcertsArticle and photos by Paula Erskine

Just a few minutes down the same street as the Rijks Museum is Vondelpark and Vondeling Restaurant where we enjoyed free, live entertainment. Vondelpark is brimming with locals, bicyclists and tourists alike seeking solace among it’s artful ponds and green space. Sights and sounds of Vondelpark included the aroma of sizzling dutch barbeques, bicyclists, roller-skaters, and the unmistakeable singing coming from the centre of the park.

Luckily we followed the sounds of a free outdoor concert on Sunday at Vondeling Restaurant equipped with a bandstand, bleachers and platforms. We grooved to Berget Lewis debuting her album and decided she was Chaka Khan meets Beyoncé.

Berget Lewis at her Album launch at Vondeling Restaurant, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Paula Erskine

Berget Lewis at her Album launch at Vondeling Restaurant, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Paula Erskine

We locked up our bikes and chilled to her wide range of song styles. In Europe, it seems that artists don't have to stick to any particular "sound" which I suppose is something our North American music industry shuns. Free concert goers cannot be choosers. We really enjoyed people and fashion watching. It really reminded me of Central Park in New York City in the summer. Amsterdam's artistic community and families gather here for a city-park daycation. Blending into the local ambiance was easy breezy in Vondelpark and I highly recommend putting it on your list of self-made bike tours of Amsterdam.

A serene view of Vondelpark's many vistas. Photo by Paula Erskine

A serene view of Vondelpark’s many vistas. Photo by Paula Erskine