We lived a short while on the corner of Herrit van der veen straat and Beethoven Straat, in Amsterdam. The best cheese shop in Holland was a few steps away. Just a little further down Beethoven Straatt was the best butcher shop – Willum the butcher.
Down the street was my favorite shop. The most elegant and decadent of chocolate shops. Along with the most heavenly selection of chocolates were exquisitely created cakes and desserts. Life truly became a box of chocolates.
The flowers in Amsterdam were so magnificent, so plentiful and so inexpensive. Ten feet from our apartment door a flower seller set up his displays every morning. We never needed an excuse to catch the tram to the open air Albert Cuypmarkt or the Flower Market on the Singel Canal to find the perfect flowers.
Our favorite florist gave me the two best tips when arranging flowers, and having them last. I pass them on to you.
One – don’t use too much water. Don’t fill your vase with water. The stems need to breathe.
And two – cut the ends of the flowers every day. They self-heal – cutting off the water flow.
Following this expert advice I have had roses last up to two weeks. And, Casa Blanca lilies last even longer.