1. The Leaning Buildings of Amsterdam

I love how wonky the buildings are in Amsterdam :-)
Look at the way the gap between the Chinese emporium and the building to its right (dated 1644) increases.
I’d love to look inside one of these houses to see if they’re just as wonky inside.

Because landspace was limited, many buildings were built very tall and very narrow. The sideways leaning is due to the weight of the heavy brick structures bearing down on wooden piles that are buried deep into the mud and sand below.

Do you also see the beams sticking out at the very top of the buildings? Their purpose is to hold a hook so that furniture can be hoisted up from the ground and brought in through the windows. The internal stairs are far too steep and narrow to bring furniture in that way! Apparently, the houses also lean forward a bit too, to make the job of hoisting easier.   

Well now you know :-)

    The Leaning Buildings of Amsterdam

    I love how wonky the buildings are in Amsterdam :-)
    Look at the way the gap between the Chinese emporium and the building to its right (dated 1644) increases.
    I’d love to look inside one of these houses to see if they’re just as wonky inside.

    Because landspace was limited, many buildings were built very tall and very narrow. The sideways leaning is due to the weight of the heavy brick structures bearing down on wooden piles that are buried deep into the mud and sand below.

    Do you also see the beams sticking out at the very top of the buildings? Their purpose is to hold a hook so that furniture can be hoisted up from the ground and brought in through the windows. The internal stairs are far too steep and narrow to bring furniture in that way! Apparently, the houses also lean forward a bit too, to make the job of hoisting easier.

    Well now you know :-)

  2. Tilt & Shift #9

Amsterdam.

    Tilt & Shift #9

    Amsterdam.

  3. Tilt & Shift #4

Another attempt at a digital tilt & shift effect.
This one was more tricky. I’ve tried to concentrate on just the houses and cars on the other side of the river.

This was taken from the top floor of the library in Amsterdam.

    Tilt & Shift #4

    Another attempt at a digital tilt & shift effect.
    This one was more tricky. I’ve tried to concentrate on just the houses and cars on the other side of the river.

    This was taken from the top floor of the library in Amsterdam.

  4. Need a Bong?

    This shop is one of many in Amsterdam selling smoking paraphernalia. They have bongs and other smoking devices in every shape, size and colour you could imagine. It was actually a really pretty spectacle :-D

  5. A beautiful, classic Citroen DS I happily spotted on a street in Amsterdam. One of my all time favourite cars because of its unusual lines and sweeping curves. I especially love the twin headlamps ensconced in a pair of big wide ‘eyes’.
It was manufactured between 1955 and 1975 and was known for its futuristic aerodynamic body design and innovative technology.  
I love it! <3

    A beautiful, classic Citroen DS I happily spotted on a street in Amsterdam. One of my all time favourite cars because of its unusual lines and sweeping curves. I especially love the twin headlamps ensconced in a pair of big wide ‘eyes’.

    It was manufactured between 1955 and 1975 and was known for its futuristic aerodynamic body design and innovative technology.  

    I love it! <3

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