December 10 - 16, 2017: Issue 341


The Muntplein in the centre of the city.


by George Repin
Although The Hague is the seat of government in the Netherlands, under the Constitution of the country Amsterdam is the designated the capital.  With a population of 851,373 within the city proper and 2,410,960 in the Amsterdam metropolitan area it is the most populous municipality of the Netherlands.

Another square in the city.

The Royal palace on the Dam - built on 13,659 piles "no more - no less".

Its name derives from the city’s origin around a dam in the River Amstel – the Amstelredamme. Starting as a small fishing village in the late 12th Century, by the 17th Century – the Dutch Golden Age – it became one of the most important ports in the world. Today it still remains the fifth largest seaport in Europe.

The 17th Century canals of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Tourist boats used for sightseeing along the canals.

Most of the trees along the canals are elms which are well maintained by the city authorities.

There are bridges across canals in residential areas - note the parked cars.

Houses fronting a canal with boats parked in front of them.

A distinctive draw bridge.

The Amsterdam Stock Exchange in the city centre is the oldest stock exchange in the world.

Amsterdam is a delightful city to wander in – its main attractions being the canals, many lined by trees, and museums. The Rijsmuseum houses paintings by Rembrandt including his masterpiece The Night Watch. The relatively new Van Gogh Museum is devoted primarily to works by Van Gogh, while the Stedelijk Museum exhibits modern art.  The magnificent Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs in the Concertgebouw which is the site of some nine hundred concerts and other events in its multiple auditoria each year.  Keukenhof and the periodic Floriade on Amsterdam’s  outskirts attract flower lovers from around the world. 

(See the REFLECTIONS articles on Keukenhof 1954 in Issue No. 82 October 28 - November 3, 2012 and Floriade – The Netherlands – 1982 in Issue No. 243 December 6 – 12, 2015  of this publication.)

 The Van Gogh Museum.

Amsterdam is said to be the world’s most multicultural city with at least 177 nationalities represented.  It draws more than 5 million international visitors each year.  

An old church.

Part of an old fortification in the harbour area.

One of the many open air cafes which are very popular in the warmer months.

Display of cacti in the flower market.

Coloured clogs - for the tourists.

A large antique balance which was used commercially for weighing goods.

Photographs by George Repin in 1982.

Previous Reflections by George Repin 

The Nineteen Thirties  Remembering Rowe Street  The Sydney Push  Saturday Night at the Movies  Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram  A Stop On The Road To Canberra  City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten  An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes  Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s  Hill End  The Paragon at Katoomba  Seafood In Sydney  How Far From Sydney?  Cockatoo Island Over The Years  The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991  Busby's Bore  The Trocadero In Sydney  Cahill's restaurants Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making  Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service  Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection  Gloucester and the Barrington Tops  A Millenium Apart  Have You Stopped to Look?  Gulgong  Il Porcellino  Olympia  Durham Hall  Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia  Hotels at Bondi  Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone  The Goroka Show - 1958  A Gem On The Quay  Staffa  The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls  The Coal Mine At Balmain  The Hyde Park Barracks  The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky  Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain  J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant  Waldheim  Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955  King Island Kelp  The Mercury Theatre   Around Angkor - 1963   Angkor Wat 1963  Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli  Chairman Mao's Personal Physician  The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross  The Oceaographic  Museum  in Monaco  The Island of Elba  Russian Fairy Tale Plates  Meteora  Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska  Cloisonné  Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories  Not A Chagall!  Did You Listen? Did You Ask?  Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand  Borobudur  Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells  Murano  University of Padua  Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi   Pula  The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre  Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park   Aphrodisias   The Divine Comedy Caodaism  Sapa and local Hill People  A Few Children  Cappadocia  Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre   Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island    ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997  Hotere Garden Oputae  Children of the Trobriand Islands  Page Park Market - Rabaul  Rabual   Kotor, Montenegro   Galleries of Photographs I   Lascaux  Galleries of Photographs II   The Cathedral of St. James – Šibenik, Croatia  Ivan Meštrović  - Sculptor   Delphi   Gallery of Photographs III  The Handicrafts of Chiang Mai Raft Point  San Simeon - "Hearst Castle"  Floriade - The Netherlands - 1982  Russian New Year  Mycenae  "Flightseeing" Out Of Anchorage Alaska  The White Pass and Yukon Route  Totem Poles  Tivkin Cemetery  Krka National Park - Croatia   Tavistock Square and the BMA  Orthodox Easter  Wieliczka Salt Mine  A Walk on Santorini  Indonesian Snapshots Ephesus - The Library of Celsus  Ephesus - Some Places Of Interest  Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Valley United Nations Headquarters 1958  A Miscellany of Flower Images Gardens Bath St. David's In Wales   Zion National Park Nicholas Himona - Artist  Kraków  Lilianfels  Collonges-La-Rouge  Gingerbread Houses   Cape Sounion   Delos  Wroclaw  Colonial Williamsburg  Gruyères   Strasbourg  Coventry Cathedral  The Roman Theatre at Aspendos  Turkish Carpets The Duomo of Orvieto  Rovinj  The City Walls of Dubrovnik Monaco - Snapshots   Bonifacio, Corsica  Autumn in New England USA  The Great Ocean Road  Pompeii  Didyma  Lawrence Hargrave 1850-1915  The Corinth Canal  Malta

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