July 20: Amsterdam arrival 2
There was a good chunk of time in the morning after I arrived before the class was to meet up at our hostel, so I kept walking around like mad, soaking in the cityscapes.
Just past De Bazel along Vijzelstraat, a particularly orderly view over the Keizersgracht (Emperor's Canal), another of the concentric canals.
A rather elegant separator of townhouse entries, along the Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal, yet another concentric one) west of Vijzelstraat.
Looking northeast on Nieuwe Spiegelstraat from the Prinsengracht. It's interesting from a street design point of view how the bollards divide it in three narrow lanes of nearly equal width.
This appears to be a quite Early Modern building, along Kerkstraat northwest of Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. I often find such buildings' materials to have a more human feel than later higher-tech modernist buildings.
The canal bridges of Leidsestraat, here over the Prinsengracht, are bookended by what appear to be lurking-crocodile stones.
An unsuspecting victim standing right next to the crocodile. Prinsengracht pidgie. Pidgiegracht.
A chiaroscuro parking garage, along Lange Leidsedwarsstraat between Leidsekruisstraat and the Spiegelgracht.
A look northwest along the Prinsengracht where the Spiegelgracht (Mirror Canal) joins it at left.
Further east on the Prinsengracht, I took a little break from the walk and sat down at the canal's edge. This is a seated view east to the Vijzelstraat bridge.
And one to the west, back past the Spiegelgracht/Spiegelstraat bridge.
The coots became curious.
A few minutes later, an airplane bilocated above itself as it crossed overhead. —What? Bilocation isn't real? Well then you tell ME why there's only ONE contrail!!
A charming speed bump (how oxymoronic) further along the Prinsengracht, east of Vijzelstraat.
Right nearby, a couple of beefy posts helping out a troubled lintel. I assume this was temporary, but it's actually a pretty cool-looking structure.
At the intersection of the Prinsengracht and the Reguliersgracht, a delicate operation unfolded. First, in under the north bridge...
...now swing 'er around just so...