Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Cups

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My contribution for this week’s

Cups

 

A couple of weeks back…

I did post these in my BW Tuesday post.

The black and gold photos…

 are African souvenirs.

While this display was found in

an Ily Coffee Shop

in Amsterdam in 2016.

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Black and White Tuesday

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We purchased, or should I say MGW purchased,

these cups/mugs…
at Johannesburg airport three or four years ago.

 Not just cups but a matching vase…

which was nicely decorated with some form water plant.

In Amsterdam last year we came upon

this display of tea cups in a coffee shop.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Wanderlust

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Wanderlust

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Some previously unpublished photos

from some of the cities we visited

during our travels last September.
Brugges or is it Bruge?

I m never sure and would love to hear/see

how locals spell the name.

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete

without visiting a diamond cutting factory.



Rhineland-Black Forest region.

Vienna.

Florence

Lucerne

Salzburg

Finally, Venice.

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Jo’s Monday Walk2017-Wk-07

Amsterdam-4, Netherlands

 
Still in Amsterdam and just…
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had to post a picture of, what we were told

are called the ‘bicycle flats’ (background).

Thousands of bicycles are stored there each day.

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Within close proximity to the bicycle flats is

the Amsterdam Railway Station a rather grand building I thought.

And While I was no closer than this image appears,

it is apparently in better repair the

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.

amsterdam_irish_0453During our wanderings up popped my (potential) relatives again.

An Irish Music Bar in Amsterdam.

 If anyone does know  could you let me know if there is

a large Irish heritage contingent in Amsterdam, please?

Or is this pub just a one-off thing?

 

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Many businesses had this type of sign on exterior walls.

I don’t know what Fred’s trade is.

Is it a typewriter he is hunch over?

I thought the number my have referred to longitude.

Alas!  No!

Amsterdam is just under 5 degrees east.

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 Many buildings had these hoists at the top.

Furniture is hoisted up via these hoists due to

limited space inside.

 

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As our day drew to a close I spotted these tea cups in an  eatery.

Popped my head in and asked if I could take a photograph.

Response.

“Yes that’s okay. (pregnant pause) It will only cost 5 Euros!”

My heart nearly stopped until I saw a big wide beaming smile

and a twinkle in the eye of the girl who answered me.

Left below.

amsterdam-cheerful_0607We were footsore, or I was, so MGW and I spent

way more than 5 Euros in Illys, Amsterdam that day and

had a nice chat with friendly staff.

After the initial shock of ‘it will only cost 5 Euros‘ had worn off,

it was a really nice interlude knowing that hard-working staff

still had time for some fun with patrons.

I smile each time I see this photo and think how wonderful it would be

if the whole world was as friendly as these girls were.

A credit to Illy.

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Odd Ball

Week 05, 2017

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Being of Irish ancestors I found this sign rather novel.

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I’m not sure why.

Just something not expected to be seen in Amsterdam.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-07

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Amsterdam-3, Netherlands

 amsterdam_0389Although I had been told in primary school that bicycles

were a major form of transport in The Netherlands,

I was not prepared for the speed at which cyclists

propelled their machines along the road.

 

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We were soon no longer in the way of local cyclists…

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opting for a canal cruise and…

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all the sights so foreign to us.

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And yet so wonderful to be able to view these places in person.

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Finally the Leaning Houses of Amsterdam…or some of them, I hope.

Apparently subsidence has caused some buildings to

list sideways or back/forwards, hence the name.

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Amsterdam-2, Netherlands

Our first tourist stop was…

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at Gasson’s diamond polishers.

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A modest 0.5 carat diamond would have set us back

3,026Euros or $AUD4,289

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Something in the 2.02 carat size…

42,000 Euros or $AUD 59,530 or $US 44,933

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These were fake diamonds for visitors to handle

and to demonstrate how they were cut and polished.

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 This, however, was the real deal…


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as I suspect this was.

Apologies for the photos, no flash and ‘things’ popping

into the line of sight upset focus at times.

More of Amsterdam next week.

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Jo’s Monday Walk