Last may I had the privilege of going to four European countries and one of them was The Netherlands! While in Amsterdam, my sister, friend and I decided we would go on a tour ride on the canals and while we were being super touristy we learned a few things that I would like to share with you guys 🙂
1. Most of Amsterdam’s canal houses were built with gables and facades (top of the buildings) during the city’s golden age (16th and 17th centuries). Each house on the Canal Ring has a unique gable distinguishing one house from another. The style of gable determines how old the building is and was used to identify one home from another before the numbering system was introduced in 1975.
2. These homes were built on top of swamp like land so the buildings are supported by wooden stilts. However, just from walking around in Amsterdam you can notice how some of the buildings have started to sink into the ground and tilt over the years due to water damage.
3. Because of how narrow the buildings are it’s not possible to fit large furniture or goods through the doors. Consequently, they use pulleys and hooks to carry the items up and through the large windows, making moving in and out of these houses a difficult yet interesting process.
C&C is a lovely cafe with a warm, spacious atmosphere. It is actually within what was once a theatre built in the 20s and is perfectly placed right near all the touristy sites such as Vondelpark and Van Gogh Museum. If you’re in the area, check it out and let me know how you like it!
Madrid, Spain you should definitely check out Palacio de Cristal! This majestical landmark was built in 1887 and is mostly made out of glass and metal. It was originally a greenhouse as it is located in Buen Retiro Park, but it is now used to display art for tourism purposes. The palace was designed by architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco who also had a part in restoring the famous Alhambra and Mezquita landmarks in Southern Spain! Interestingly enough it was modelled after London’s Crystal Palace, which unfortunately was destroyed by fire in 1936. If you love nature, art, history and beautiful architecture this palace is definitely a must see!
Address: Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain