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Amsterdam Bridges – Lines and Shapes….. Guest Blogger – Penny Peters

February 19, 2013

Penny travels extensively and regularly writes a blog about the interesting things she has seen in her travels for art and textiles. Share your travels with other designers and stitchers and send us a few pictures and a paragraph or two.  Gail

The historic center of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is interlaced with canals and waterways. The canals are in the form of several concentric rings that encircle the medieval part of the city. At one time all manner of goods were delivered to homes and businesses from open iron boats that plied the canals. The boats needed to get from one canal to another. Horse and dog carts and people likewise needed access on narrow strips of land. Low bridges were constructed over the canals to allow the boats access while above people could cross from one canal to another. When we took a canal tour in one of the old iron boats, I became fascinated with all the different bridge constructions, some old, some new, some stationary, some draw bridges. Nowadays cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians use the streets above the canals. The modern steel draw bridges allow access for larger boats to move through the canals. Their cantilever systems were quite ingenious. Captains must be familiar with the various bridges to know just how to get their boats to the desired locations. All manner of boats are moored in the canals including house boats which are often used only during summer months. As always I looked for lines and shapes as we navigated our way through the waterways large and small.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Piepenbring permalink
    February 19, 2013 3:34 pm

    Penny, I’m so glad you travel to such beautiful places. Thanks for taking us along!

  2. February 21, 2013 12:29 am

    I love old bridges!

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