10-20-09 Seeing Red: Amsterdam

If you were hoping for a photo of the famous “red light” district of Amsterdam, sorry. I’ve heard that taking photos there can be very risky – the women working there want their privacy protected.

Instead, here’s a photograph of a fairly typical dwelling in Amsterdam – very narrow and several stories tall. You can’t see from this angle, but the buildings are slightly sloping, with the top hanging out over the sidewalk. The reason for the slope is that furniture is lifted to upper floors by a winch attached to the roof rafter on the outside of the building. The stairs have too many twists and turns.

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