Dit is een kunstwerk
Just in case you didn’t notice, this paintend wall is an artwork (Dit is een kunstwerk), so please don’t graffiti on it. This is more or less what that hugly yellow sign says. Au cas ou vous ne l’ayez pas remarqué, ce mur peint est une œuvre d’art (Dit is een kunstwerk), défense de graffiter dessus. C’est grosso modo ce que cette hiddeux panneau jaune raconte.
Het Koggeschip is a Roman catholic primary school (Rooms Katholieke Basisschool) in Geuzenveld-Slotermeer. Geuzenveld is a district built in the 50’s at the northwestern edge of Amstedam. At that time long and borring blocs of houses were very trendy. As the school building was getting old, they decided to build this new one. GSG architecten B.V. delivered this brick rectangle in 2005. The...
This place is abandonned. It looks like it was a shopping center with the name of the nearby street, or the name of the nearby metro station that gets its name from the same street. Kraaiennest means crow’s nest and is a navigation term for the upper part of the mainmast on old boats. All streets in the district (K buurt) starts with a K. Cet endroit est désafecté, il semblerait que ce...
On the Jetty
I want to look closer at the boats, got on the jetty. Watch out Drooderfiets, don’t fall in the watter. Je voudrais regarder les bateaux de plus près, je vais sur la jettée. Attention Drooderfiets, ne tombe pas dans l’eau.
This squat is closed
A group of squatters occupied three houses in the middle of the Pijp. They turned it into confortable dweling and even had a café. But one day they had to leave, real estate agents get good value in the Pijp. They are now fences all arount the block and windows and doors are removed to prevent and new confortable occupation. Un groupe de squateurs occupaient trois maisons au beau milieu du...
Borneo Sporen bike bridge
I showed you the Borneo Sporenbrug a long time ago. If you clicked on the architectural link, you might have discovered that there are in fact two of these award wining bridges. You deserve to see the second one, unlike the other, bikes can cross over this one. Je vous ai montré le pont Borneo Sporenbrug il y a un bon moment. Si vous aviez cliqué sur le lien architectural, vous aurez découvert...
I wish you a merry Christmas. Je vous souhaite un joyeux Noël
Climbers are taking their last briefing before the get lost in Amsterdamse Bos. The big park at the south of Amsterdam has a wood fool of canopys and other wooden constructions. If you want to play there, you can contact Fun Forest. Des escaladeurs sont en train d’écouter les dernières recommandations avant de se perdre dans le bois d’Amsterdam (Amsterdamse Bos). Ce grand parc au...
This is just a new district in the south of Broek in Waterland. Houses try to imitate the traditional wooden walls of the area in the north of Amsterdam but colours are more fancy. C’est just un quartier neuf au zud de Broek in Waterland. Les maisons essayent d’immiter les murs en bois typiques de la région au nord d’Amsterdam seulement, les couleurs sont plus fantaisistes.
Fietspad on a polder
This field on a polder has a wetering, a small draining canal alog its border. It is a good idea to draw a bike path (fietspad) along this wetering, this is almost the shortest way back to Amsterdam (zuidoost). Ce champs de polder est entouré d’une wateringue, un petit canal de drainage. C’est une bonne idée d’avoir tracé une piste cyclable le long de cette wateringue....
This statue of a turftrapster (turf collector) is a tribute to what was the main activity around Amstelveen from the 16e till the 19e century. Collecting turf around the river Amstel and selling it to Amsterdam paid better than just farming. But it was also breaking the back of all workers. This statue commisioned by the local Rabobank and realised in 1979 by the famous sculptor Pieter de Monchy...
I want to cross
I want to cross the ”Holysloter Die” and get to the Waterland on the other side. The only way to do so is to get on the barge. Je veux traverser le ”Holysloter Die” pour aller de l’autre coté à Waterland. Le seul moyen est de monter sur le bac.
PC Hoofstraat stands for Peter Corneliszoon Hooftstraat. This is the poshest street in Amsterdam where you find shops like Hugo Boss, Armani or Cartier. On Staturdays the street is saturated with big Mercedes and SUVs and the pavement is crowded with siliconed blonds. PC Hooftstraat est le petit nom de la rue Peter Corneliszoon Hooft. C’est la rue la plus huppée de la ville, où l’on...
Colorful graffiti and girl
The graffiti artist FAKE took several days to achieve this painted wall, in front of a building site of the Prinsengracht. Colourful graffiti under the sun, that matches the colours of the girl, passing by in front of me. Le graffiti artist FAKE a mis plusieurs jours pour réaliser cette fresque sur une palissade du Prinsengracht. Graffiti coloré au soleil qui s’accorde avec la fille...
Albert Cuyp is Closing
The biggest market in the Netherlands, Albert Cuyp Markt is ending, booth are closing. There is still many people trying to finish shopping on time. Le plus grand marché des Pays-Bas, Albert Cuyp Markt est en train de se terminer, les stands se ferment. Il reste encore beaucoup de clients qui tentent de finir leurs courses à temps.
Behing the Artis zoo, there is an area with a parking, gardens and a sort of waste ground where you can find this wodden horse. Because in Artis there is a lot of statues of animals which children clim on, it is important to state that this wooden horse is too fragile for that. “Niet opklimen” means Don’t climb on. Derrière le zoo Artis d’Amsterdam, il y a un espace...
De Otter is a wood windmill located in the Westerpark district of Amsterdam. This is the last windmill out of a group of windmill that was built between th 17th and the 19th century on the western part of the Singelgracht. At that time, the Singlegracht was the canal drawing the border of the city. De Otter windmill was achieved in 1631 and is the oldest of all five windmill of that sort...
This sign says it: it is dangerous to cycle with too much alcohol in the blood. 10% is strong enough. Ce panneau dit tout: il est dangereux de faire du vélo avec trop d’alcool dans le sang. 10% c’est déjà très fort.
This strange building is the acomplishment of a Belgiun project gathering companies to ask them to design the house of the future. This house was opend in 2003 with the help of HP, Unilever and Philips. It is closed since 2008. Cette étrange construction est l’aboutissement d’un projet belge qui demandais à des sociétés de définir la maison du futur. Ce bâtiment a overt en 2003 avec...
Amsterdam was a european city with a big jewish influence. People still refer to Amsterdam as Mokum that means city in yidish. Before second world war a lot of jewish use to live around the portugese synagogue near a place call Waterlooplein. Most of them have beed deported and killed and this district was almost empty after the war. This monument is paying a tribute to these many victims of...
The piramides is a complex building that consists of two triangle towers at the south of the island Marcanti, just under the national food market. The two towers, completed in 2007, are house for 82 flats and a kindergarden. The architect Sjoerd Soeters designed these towers whose steps reminds the dutch houses of the 17th century. Les piramides sont un complexe de deux tours triangulaires au...
Disteldorp (Litteraly Distel village) is one of the garden city that has been created in the north side of the IJ during the 30’s. Architects of these projects were Berend Tobia Boeyinga and J.H. Mulder they assimilated garden city ideas and created a few villages of similar houses, open on an inside courtyard or small garden. These villages were projected by the local housing service to...
This photo could have been part of the Fall post of Amsterdamize. But unfortunately there is no biker passing by, only a tram. Cette photo aurait pu faire partie de la série automnale d’Amsterdamize mais hélas, il n’y a pas de cycliste qui passe sous les arbres.
In 2009, Abcoude inaugurated its new railway station, with new bike stalls. It is located north of the river Gein, closer to the city centre while the former station was in the south. To finish the works they built a new bicycle track between two stations. This red bridge over the Gein links the north and the south part of the new track. En 2009, Abcoude a inauguré sa nouvelle gare. Elle est...
There is not such craze for food in the Netherlands such as herring. New herring is even more specific. It starts in May when it is said the the fish has the perfect biologic state to bring the best taste. This main dish for Dutch culture is sold everywhere from supermarkets to wagons in the street. These wagons are a easy to spot with there three colours flags. Il n’y a pas de folie...
Thanks to good urban plans, some street are not busy with cars. A wide pavement can then be use as a playground with no risk for children. Cars are running slow on secondary streets thanks to speed bumps and chicanes. Grâce à un aménagement urbain judicieux, certaines rues ne sont pas utilisés par beaucoup de voitures. Un trottoir large peut donc être utilisé comme aire de jeux sans danger pour...
Here is another view of one of the modern canals biult in 2000 on Java island. After Lamonggracht, here is Majanggracht. Like the other canals, this one has two rows of modern houses align as traditional dutch canal houses. A set of three bridges for bikes and pedestrians link both sides of the canal. They were designed by Guy Rombouts and Monika Droste. Another biker seams to like it...
Wooden houses in Weesp
Weesp is a village on the defense line around Amsterdam. Because of this situation, some areas near the village had to stay clear in case of volountary flooding to protect the big city. Also areas around the fort was kept clear of vegetation and buildings. Small houses were allowed, but only of wood, so that the garrison could burn them quickly if the enemy approached. The expendable wooden...
This bridge over Admiralengracht canal is only for pedestrians. Bikes can get on if they know how to climb the stairs. This is not difficult though and thanks to that I can enjoy the view. Ce pont au dessus d’Admiralengracht est réservée aux piétons. Les vélos peuvent l’emprunter s’ils arrivent à monter les escaliers. Ce n’est d’ailleurs pas très difficile et grâce...
It’s in a large planted avenue designed in the fifties that you can find this statue. A woman helping a dove to fly away, the alegory of peace. Vrede (Peace) is the name of this bronze artwork from Hans Reicher, placed here in 1962. C’est sur une large avenue plantée vraisemblablement construite après guerre que l’on peut trouver cette statue. Une femme donnant son envole à...
Along the river Gaasp, on the Stammerdijk, stands the remains of the Stammermolen (Stammer windmill) or Gemeenschapsmolen II. This was the second of two windmills build in 1872 to dry the Gemeenschapspolder. In 1926 a diesel engine was installed by the first windmill. This second one has been beheaded and some parts has been used for the rebuilding of the Gooyer windmill. Le lond de la rivière...