Boats of Amsterdam 2019

A private canal ride
Tourist canal boats carry you where you want to go!
The garbage scow picked up our ships trash!
The Norwegian Pearl slowly leaves port
Life on the Canal

Water everywhere

Boats of every shape and size

Just like people

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Living on a Canal Boat in Amsterdam

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Can you imagine living on an old boat

along a well traveled canal in Amsterdam?

Watching the days come and go as cruisers float by

Staring into your windows // taking pictures of you

Tired of waving // you just ignore them all…

like a passing freight train in your backyard.

Perhaps it’s the mystique or the novelty of it all

Winter, Spring. Summer. and Fall

The old boat sees it all…

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Today at d’verse, Sarah asked us to write a poem related to boats.  I thought of our trip last summer, which I have mentioned before, and our canal cruise in Amsterdam. I was amazed at how many people lived in old boats tied up along the canal. This is just a glimpse of what we saw that day.

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People of Amsterdam

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Last summer we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a Rhine River Cruise. We started in Amsterdam and traveled up river to Basel. When we arrived in Amsterdam we had a half day to do as we pleased, so we went on a canal ride through the heart of Amsterdam. Below are some of the people we saw along the way.

 

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Wherever we go

People are much the same as

You and me

Photos take in Amsterdam: Dwight L. Roth

Dangerous Liaisons

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Last Summer we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a Rhine River Cruise. It was a wonderful trip full of memories. If it had been this year, it would have been canceled with many different memories. I shot this photo as we took a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Little did I imagine how much the meaning of the poster could change in one year.

Dangerous Liaisons

Takes on a whole new meaning

The world keeps turning

*****

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Bicycles

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Andy Warhol did it best
Arranging the ordinary
Creating images in repeated patterns
Pop Art that makes you look
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Bicycles in Amsterdam
Not just one or two
But rather, hundreds and hundreds
Stacked together in a Warhol masterpiece
Bicycles of every style and shape
Colors plain and simple
Seats to fit every size bottom
I wonder which bike is mine

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, we are exploring the use of Pop Art in poetry.  Andy Warhol and others created art by using the mundane items of everyday life. The most common is probably Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans painted in repeated variations on the canvas. Today I decided to use bicycles I saw parked in Amsterdam. This is my Pop Art version.

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The Wedding Party

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On our canal tour of Amsterdam, we passed a boat load of wedding guests. The Wedding party and the couple’s parents were crowded into the boat. It was interesting to see the celebration beginning as they passed.

Groom and Best Man toast
Floating down the city canal
Flower girl holds basket
Families along for the ride
Party is just beginning
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A basket of wedding flowers adorns the bow of the boat load of celebrants
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The wedding party in all their wedding attire ride in an open boat floating down the canal
Bride and Groom pose in the boat for a photo
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The cute little blonde flower girl still holds her basket and wears an orange plastic life vest!

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

Canal Life in Amsterdam

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I found the canals and the people who live on them very fascinating. We took a one hour canal cruise around Amsterdam. It is a photographers paradise. These are only a few of the interesting things we saw as we rode along.

Old boats recycled

Summer life on the water

Canal people rock

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth