De Pijp


Living back in De Pijp again, a funky little warren of a neighbourhood consisting of corner pubs, the biggest street market in the city, a little (ok, more than a little) litter, and chock full of high-end and low-end dwellings, restaurants, and people.

The past 3 days, the wind has been blowing like mad. Biking here is an experience almost anytime, but being blown into oncoming traffic or lightposts adds another element of adventure.

Some photos from this morning's walk around the 'hood...

Some fresh flowers for Andre Hazes, De Pijp's favourite son. He was discovered at age 8 at the Albert Cuyp street market here, and went on to become one of Hollands's most popular singers. He sung mostly levenslied (songs about life) - essentially Dutch folk music.

A four-seater, with air conditioning

In many countries, this would be illegal

Copyright infringement? Nah, let's just put "67" at the end

Wind damage


Tera K said...

What does the XXX stand for?

Jeff said...

It's actually the logo for Amsterdam - it has an historical meaning... not the XXX that we N.American folk associate it with:

The XXX symbol are actually St. Andrew’s Crosses. St. Andrew was a fisherman who was apparently crucified on an X-shaped cross in the 1st Century AD. The Amsterdam coat of arms consists of three St. Andrew’s Crosses horizontally in white on a black stripe on a red background. The city’s symbol dates back to 1505 when the city was a fisherman’s town and all ships registered in Amsterdam flew this flag.

And that Tera, is today's Dutch history lesson.