Canals in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of canals and 1500 bridges. This one is taken at the intersection of Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht which is a popular spot for photographers for the beautiful reflections as well as the two bridges. You note the lights on the right side bridge was not on. On a second trip to Amsterdam, I passed by the same location and saw no lights at all. A group of 30 plus photographers set up their cameras on tripods patiently waiting for hours in vain and you can imagine the disappointment.
As you can see in the photo, many old Amsterdam houses are leaving forward towards to the street. This leaning is not an accident. Amsterdam houses were built leaning forward intentionally! The biggest advantage of this method of building is that when it rains, the water doesn’t enter into the floor below. Also, Many houses in Amsterdam were not only used for living, but also used to store goods. The goods were hoisted up from the street using the hook on the beam sticking out at the top floor. A leaning facade meant it was less likely that the goods hit the wall or break a window.