Tucked away behind a small arched doorway, this lovely residential courtyard feels a world away from the bustling streets of Amsterdam which surround it.
It was originally built for a sisterhood of Catholic women - not nuns, although they lived in similar isolation. While it's no longer restricted to Catholics, the apartments around the courtyard are still made available exclusively to women. Even with the influx of tourists, it still felt like a serene and comfortable place, well suited to quiet contemplation - and certainly somewhere I could happily live. You're not really supposed to take photos inside the courtyard, so I'm afraid these pictures were taken in a clandestine rush!