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Apr 142015
 

I wonder what it’s like.  Living in a relatively small space out in the public view.  Do they both live there?  Do they move from place to place or stay in the one spot?  They look quite relaxed.  Just reading the newspaper in the warm sunshine.  Would you call this living the good life?  A bit too small and public for me.  I’ve gotten used to more space around me.  I wouldn’t mind riding around on the canals, though, exploring the sights and sounds of Amsterdam on a private boat.  I think a week sounds about right.

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Jun 172014
 

Not me, but someone.  Canals are just part of the topography in Amsterdam.  Such a beautiful city, too.  It’s Europe.  It’s old.  At least compared to the western U.S.  The architecture is old and spectacular.  I imagine this particular speed boat demon racing to his favorite breakfast eatery.  Or, maybe he’s a delivery man, off to deliver his wares.  Whatever he’s doing, there isn’t much traffic here on the canal.  Of course it’s never like a freeway.  There always seems to be a relative ease tooling around on an Amsterdamian canal.

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Aug 152013
 

I’m not sure what it is about statues, but no matter where I am or what kind of statue it is, I’m often compelled to capture some kind of image of it.  Why is that??  Maybe it’s a call to the history of the area.  Maybe it’s just someone’s art that I appreciate; an artist’s unite kind of thing.  OK, stop it.  I think I just like statues.  This one of Multatuli is in Amsterdam.

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Apr 052013
 

Two things you’ll fine a lot of in Amsterdam are bikes and boats, and plenty of them.  Cars too, of course, but to navigate the infamous canals you’ll need a boat.  And having a bike makes getting around town simple and easy.  Now, I had neither when wandering around the city, but next time I’m renting a bike.

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Aug 182012
 

Clean, elegant Copenhagen, Denmark.  Friendly too.  We ended up staying in a hotel above this iconic canal with its colorful shops.  During the day it’s buzzing with people, street musicians, expensive lunches.  Also an easy place from which to explore the rest of the city, so easy to walk around in.  Here, the crowds are starting to wind down as the sun begins it descent; the colorful shops soaking in their last bits of light for the day.  I, in my hotel room happily watching the scene and getting ready to explore the city at night.

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Jul 102012
 

So, are these flags there to warn low flying aircraft?  A warning to canal boats that are too big?  Are they simple prayer flags, put up by the locals to bless their little section of canal heaven?  Whatever they’re for, they, along with everything else in and over, just adds to the character of the canals of Amsterdam.

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