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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

#820 Tulips & Windmills-April 14

In the morning we were shown the city of Amsterdam from the vantage point of a canal boat. We also toured the flower market. Later we did a walking tour to see the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Unfortunately we were not allowed to photograph any of the art works.

The following photos are segregated by subject matter.

Canal photos:

The boats were quite interesting. Some of them looked like they hadn't seen a coat of paint since they were launched. Others were well maintained.

Flower photos:

These photos were taken at the flower market. I thought you might find it interesting that the Dutch take a different view about drug usage. Cannabis starter kits are readily available.

Architecture and sculpture photos:

I found the architecture quite fascinating. Amsterdam and Rotterdam both have built some interesting buildings.  The cost of land in Holland is quite high. As you can see, the older houses are quite small.  There is another interesting feature to the buildings, the have a built in device at the top of the structure that accommodates the movement of heavier and larger items into the house. The houses are quite narrow and the stairs don't make it easy to move large, heavy items into and around the house. You will also notice that they have build new buildings around and over older buildings.



Sandee said...

How cool. You certainly travel a lot and I enjoy going along with you. That and the history lesson.

Have a terrific day. :)

Sandee said...

You had my complete interest with the boats. I love tulips too. It's a win-win. What a fun time.

Have a terrific day. :)