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Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton

By kuipje  
"sung by John Lennon & Yoko Ono 1969"
This, and next uploads, are about my trip to Amsterdam. That is Amsterdam the Netherlands. Not the 10 Amsterdam's in the USA, nor the 2 in South-Africa or the one in Colombia and sure not in Germany.
No this the real Amsterdam. Just a Dam in the river the Amstel. Home of the famous soccer team Ajax (even I heard of them and I'm no soccerfan). The smallest house only 2.02 meter (79,52 inch). There is an old Dutch children song that says "Amsterdam die grote stad, die is gebouwd op palen. Als die stad eens ommeviel, wie zal dat betalen" (Amsterdam that great city that is built on piles. If that city falls over who will pay)
Yes the (old) city is build on piles. Not that this is unusually for Holland. Especially in the western part because of the soft soil. Most of that land was water and it was a swampy area. But Amsterdam is one of largest (oldest) cities that is build with wooden piles. About 11 million of them. Everything is oke when those piles stay under waterlevel. Once above the waterlevel the piles start to rot and the houses will start to sink. Next uploads show how crooked some houses are like the leaning tower of Pisa.
The main picture is one of Central (train) station, of course, also build on piles. (about 8600 of them) they start building 1882 and finished in 1889. it was not an easy job. One of the reason was the soil (waterlevel) and the heavy construction. It took three years more than planned. Since 1889 it was renovated several times. Only a few years back they had a very big renovation. Now it's still a very old (looking) building with easy access to the Metro (Undergroud system) trains and busses..
In the next uploads I'll follow the route I took through the city.
Hope you have a sunny, loving day

Tags: The netherlands Amsterdam Landscape and travel Canon eos 5D Reeuwijk Kuipjedebats JC Kuipers

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Bantu 9 7 1 India
2 Sep 2016 10:07AM
Interesting story and captures Jos.

12 5.7k 130 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 12:00PM
A wonderful and interesting narrative supported by three excellent images.

A joy to view, thanks for sharing Jos

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
10 505 11 Australia
2 Sep 2016 1:14PM
You have taught me a lot about Amsterdam interesting...great set
nonur 14 18 13 Turkey
2 Sep 2016 1:17PM
Great writeup and info for these images of the wonderful city, Jos.
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
2 Sep 2016 2:45PM
Looks a beautiful city and very interesting write up.
Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 3:34PM
That's an awful lot of piles Jos. Hate to think what would happen if they rot.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
2 Sep 2016 4:15PM
Very interesting images, Jos, I've never been to Amsterdam, but would certainly like to see it one day.
Irishkate 12 45 121 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2016 9:42PM
Unique and instantly recognisable - shows how man can overcome all sorts of problems with the land. Had a weekend there once - I'll look forward to more images Jos.
Kate Grin

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