Friday, 19 October 2012

Amsterdam, Venice of the North

Windmills and canal boats are synonymous with the Netherlands and have been part of Amsterdam’s landscape since the 14th century. Back in the Golden Age, during the 17th century, city officials decided to build a series of three concentric semi-circular canals around the old city center.  Eventually, hundreds of narrow streets and smaller canals fanned out from the old center. As the city became   Although there are thousands of canal boats in the country, Amsterdam has approximately 2500 houseboats.  A houseboat can consist of one or more stories or it can be an old converted freighter. Each boat usually has everything a normal house has; a living room, bedroom(s), kitchen, toilet, bathroom and often a small outdoor space or terrace.
Living on a houseboat is becoming fashionable and tourists often prefer to rent a houseboat since they are larger than a hotel room.

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