We live in a two bedroom flat in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam on the Brouwersgracht, recently voted the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam by a major Dutch newspaper. The flat is approx 100 m2 with a large living room with doors opening onto the canal and an open kitchen with dishwasher. The master bedroom has a large bed and sleeps two. The second bedroom has a bunk bed (sleeps two) and a balcony overlooking the enclosed garden, large enough for a small table where you can enjoy dinner on sunny summer evenings. Our flat is on the third floor of a building with a lift. We have two sons, ten and three, so we are kid friendly and have plenty of toys (LEGO paradise) and books. We are avid readers and have plenty of books but also have a TV, stereo, DVD player and wireless internet. We have a nice sized bathroom with a shower and tub and a washer and dryer. We don't have a car, but we do have bicycles which you are welcome to use while you're here.
We are tucked into a quiet corner of the city that has the atmosphere of a village, but all the conveniences of the city. Our apartment is conveniently located to the many museums and theaters of Amsterdam, most withing walking distance, all within easy cycling or tram distance. We are surrounded by fantastic restaurants and cafes where you can spend the long evenings sitting by a canal enjoying the atmosphere. We have a wonderful organic farmers market every Saturday which attracts visitors from all over the city. Just across the canal is the Westerpark where you can spend time at one of the many playgrounds, visit the children's zoo or relax with a coffee at one of the many cafes. You'll find a plethora of small shops in the neighborhood for anything from chocolate to designer clothes to books and everything in between. Our building is very international with neighbors from all over Europe who are always happy to help each other out. By train you can take day trips to the beach in Zandvoort, the Hague, or Delft all in less than an hour. Paris is now less than 4 hours away by high speed train.
We are an American couple who have lived in Amsterdam for ten years. Dan works for a publishing company and Maria is a stay at home mom. We have two sons, ten and three, and a house full of boy toys. We are a pretty relaxed and down to earth family and would enjoy getting out of the city to somewhere green and relaxed where we can explore new places and the kids can spend some time outside. (I'd love to take care of your garden!) We're tied to school holidays and would welcome offers to exchange during part of the May holiday (April 28 - May 13) or for two or three weeks during the summer holidays (July 21- September 2). Also welcome the possibility of long weekend breaks in Europe.