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We had come to the Netherlands to see the tulips. But it had been a late, cold winter and there were no tulips in sight! Then, as we were walking along one of the canals, these tulips in an old planter box next to a houseboat came into view - our first tulip sighting. I could imagine the houseboat residents sitting on their benches on the deck of their boat, enjoying this sign of spring.

Compiled from Rick Steves 鄭msterdam, Bruges & Brussels and from Wikipedia: Amsterdam was built on marshy land on the banks of two bodies of water, the IJ Bay and the Amstel River. By the 13th century, canals were built to tame the flow of the Amstel River, creating pockets of dryer land on which to construct buildings on wooden piles. In the 17th century (the Golden Age of the Netherlands) a series of concentric, semi-circular canals were built around the older city centre, which still defines its layout and appearance today. The city痴 100 canals are about 10 feet deep, crossed by some 1,200 bridges, fringed with 100,000 Dutch elm and lime trees, and bedecked with 2,500 houseboats. In a previous life, the houseboats had been sail-powered cargo boats, but the widespread use of modern cargo ships in the 1930s made the small boats obsolete as commercial vessels and they found a new life along Amsterdam痴 canals.

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