In regard to my last post, I just wanted to add a brief thought …

I’m watching Michael Palin’s New Europe and it drives home my appreciation for how old buildings — like the one from 1584 that I posted earlier — are still used in day-to-day life here. They’re not just museums. It’s wonderful that these old buildings are still strong enough to stand up to everyday life and are just a part of life, even 400+ years later. Talk about recycling!

Hidden Gems

I took a quick walk today to see a couple of Reitveld store fronts here in the city center. That post will come later, but for now, I’ll mention a few other buildings I saw today. I was back behind the Stadhuis (City Hall), which has a lovely variety of buildings, ranging from modern (as seen in the next photo) and very old (as seen in the photo above).
I stopped to look at the buildings, including the one with the date Anno 1584, because of this little corner.
Fenced In
It’s a decorative and old-looking corner, with the beautiful iron gate topped with gold tips. The building the gate protects is a lovely brick building. Simple, but with great little rooftop details.
Hidden Corners
The fall of changing color leaves on the bush/tree in the front adds to the sfeer (atmostphere). The basket-weave pattern of the brick over the windows is also a nice touch.
As for the old building, here’s a larger view of it, standing next to the little gated corner. The little turret on the side is eye-catching, as well.
Old and New

Pictures of the Plompetorengracht

Always the Domtoren
I wrote briefly about the Plompetorengracht last week and the history it has had moving from trade to noble residences to business over the past 600 years or so. I was walking along the canal last night after taking my dad to see the windmill here in town, and I got a few more photos that I thought I’d share. These are all looking south toward the center of town — as evidenced by the Domtoren in the distance. If you look closely in the photo above, you can also see a bit of the apse of the cathedral poking out on the left behind the lamps. I also liked the reflection of the Domtoren in the canal.

This is one of the bridges on the northern end of the canal.
And here are a few of the buildings on the street. Most are fairly simple, but still elegant and obviously built for wealthier residents.