- Ton university teacher
- Cecile direction secretary
- Merijn student
- Anne student
December 27 — December 31, 2015
Our family had a really wonderful stay here. It was our first exchange and a great success. Ton was incredibly helpful, arranging for a bike seat for my (then) five-year-old daughter and borrowing tubfuls of Playmobil toys, which both my children went wild over. (It was hard to get them to leave the apartment!) The apartment has a great deal of historic Amsterdam charm; it's in a residential neighborhood that feels very authentic, with a variety of ethnic restaurants nearby and a beautiful old canal where my children loved stopping to watch the bridge rise and lower as large boats went through. We were in Amsterdam to visit family so we spent most of our time away from the apartment, but it was in easy reach of trams and buses, and a real pleasure to come "home" to. The apartment is on three steep levels (like many old Amsterdam homes), so if you don't want to climb stairs, it may not be the place for you! But we really loved its architecture and the airy, well-thought-out layout. For me, the best part was sitting out on their tiny balcony overlooking an enclosed courtyard every morning, drinking a quiet cup of coffee and watching the neighborhood cats and the people starting their daily routines.
We stayed for ten days in this bright apartment in a nice and quiet block with doormen and had a beautiful time! The apartment is really very well located with excellent subway connections to Manhattan, but it also has the splendid Prospect Park just around the corner, a perfect place for jogging, cycling or a picknick. We were also very happy to find a very well sorted supermarket within walking distance. So for everyone who comes to New York for the main attractions of Manhattan but also appreciates a quiet place to relax after the bustle of the town, this is a very good place to stay!