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July 20: Amsterdam – boat tour 1

To start with, we headed out on some northern and eastern waterways, around and through harbors.

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The tour boats were parked at Open Haven, just west of the Centraal Station. They had fully glazed roofs for optimum rubbernecking.

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We slunk under the tracks to get out to the IJ. Can you find ALL THREE modes of transportation???

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The Overhoeks area across the IJ to the north side, now also home to EYE. It seems like the tower is currently in transition.

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Catching some air and waves, looking and heading east toward the west end of Java-eiland (Java Island).

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UHHH

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UMMM

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Oh phew.

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An intense footbridge, with both enclosed and open levels, along the south shore of the IJ, in the area near Veemkade (kade means quay or wharf).

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Java-eiland is a bar-shaped island recently redeveloped into housing.

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Near the east end of Java-eiland is this wild circular edifice with this wild ironwork screen. You can see clear through to the other side, just barely.

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We turned south into the Zeeburg. Here, the excellently named Pythonbrug (Python Bridge) arches over the Spoorwegbassin.

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A nicely varied palette of individually austere houses, on the back side of the tongue-twisting Scheepschimmermanstraat.

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Looking over the Entrepothaven (Warehouse Harbor) toward some insistent horizontal rhythms along Zeeburgerkade.

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Near the inner end of the Entrepotshaven is this wicked overgrown platform, or maybe it's a houseboat even??

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This wavy place straight-up crosses over the Entrepotshaven, just west of C. van Eesterenlaan.

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Note the colored glass slats on the receding façade at left, just barely visible in this light, looking up Keerwal west of the railroad bridge, along Cruquiuskade.

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A solarified glimpse of the windmill De Gooyer as we proceeded from the Lozingskanaal into the Nieuwevaart, both of which are canals threading through the eastern part of the city.

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A shipping engine museum, it would appear, at the end of Kruithuisstraat, on the Nieuwevaart.

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Another mysterious overgrown realm at the south corner of the Overhaalsgang bridge...

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...and west of that bridge on the north side of the Nieuwevaart.

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Tall people gotta watch themselves under these bridges. This is the Prins Hendrikkade bridge. A lot of them have this nicely finished look to their support structures.

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The imposing Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum) at the western mouth of the Nieuwevaart.

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Across the way, the intriguing NEMO Science Center, also imposing but in quite a different manner.

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So let's see, that's a boat named NEMO and... a building shaped like a boat named NEMO.

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From the west side of NEMO, a look west over the Oosterdok toward the city center.