in the first weekend of every month in amsterdam, there's a flea market in the noord called ij hallen, which claims to be the biggest in europe, but i'm pretty sure every flea market claims to be the biggest in europe (clignacourts in paris for example - my particular favourite)
anyway, it's a big commitment to decide to go to ij hallen because you have to get the ferry over. not too much of a task i hear you think, but the ferry is astonishingly cold. and when you get to the market, again, it is astonishingly cold. i had five layers and a beanie hat on today, which worked well in my favour. the outfit was probably the least sexy i've ever felt, but i was nice and toasty.
it seems i buy weird things when i go there; last time i bought a saki vase and cup set, (lord knows why) and this time i bought, amongst other things, an eric carle mini suitcase thing.
i also bought the Another Fashion Book, which i'm not amazingly impressed by (i'm not loco about Another anyway) but thought it'd be an interesting one to look through. i seem to be acquiring more and more coffee table books, alack, i do not have a coffee table.
i also bought a very nice picture/postcard thing of the beatles sitting under umbrellas however poor paul has to stand up on what seems to be a mini step ladder.