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© John Linton
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UploadedMay 17, 2010
TakenMay 6, 2010
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There were many views of Amsterdam's dancing or gay houses along the Blue Boat canal tour. More than 60% of Amsterdam was built on reclaimed land and the homes that are 3 and 4 hundred years old were built on logs driven deep into the ground. As they have rotted the houses have shifted. I did not find one of these older houses that was plumb. Our canal tour guide called them gay houses because she said they have no intention of ever being straight.

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  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2010):

    I went to Amsterdam several years ago but didn't know that about the houses... thanks for sharing! love the photo and narrative

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (17 May 2010):

    I believe I could see my life clearer

    Walking in Amsterdam

    There's an ocean between

    Who I am and who I was

    Walking in Amsterdam

    Now I run

    Everyone of my days have become

    A pursuit of what I once had

    Can I get it back

    Can I get it back

    Can I get back to the time

    When every step had purpose

    I was so clearly defined

    Someday I'll resurface

    Walking in Amsterdam

  • Anti

    Anti said (17 May 2010):

    I have a plan to go Amsterdam next month. I hope I'll find this place ;)

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2010):

    Sweet. I love the description AND the shot.

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (17 May 2010):

    beautiful photos. i was there once many years ago for a few months when nixon was president and i thought it was the end of the world. maybe it was. anyway, i love the images youve made.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2010):

    This postcard shot is beautiful, John. I love the little tidbits of info that go with it. A great capture of this unique architecture.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 May 2010):

    Very nice, good read too!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (17 May 2010):

    I love the shot and the story behind it. (My weakness is remembering detail after the fact. LOL)

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 May 2010):

    Do they still have mirrors on their houses similar to the side mirrors of a car?

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2010):

    Love the image and the narrative! The houses seem to sit like crooked teeth.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (19 May 2010):

    Beautiful composition and tones! I like this place.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (20 May 2010):


  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (21 May 2010):

    wonderful idea to compare both cities

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (7 Jun 2010):

    Super! Really, it is VERY interesting and beautiful place. One can feel there very fine.

  • Keith de Solla

    Keith de Solla gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    great shot. Interesting story.

  • Dilshad Aroos

    Dilshad Aroos (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2010):


  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (2 Mar 2012):

    cool shot been down the street ourselves and on the canal tour AMSTERDAM Is indeed an interestig place

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