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photoblog image On the Street Where I Live

On the Street Where I Live

Our apartment's street in Amsterdam is Elandsgracht, which literally means Moose Canal.  It was, in fact, a canal at one time but was obviously filled in.  It's in the southern end of the Jordaan district, for those of you who know the city.

The street is only two blocks long.  Halfway down, on the sidewalk, sits this plaque of sorts, approximately 24 inches (60cm) in diameter.  So now I know just about how far away you are from me whenever I'm in A'dam!  :)

[But today I'm in Atlanta!]


On the Street Where I Live

Our apartment's street in Amsterdam is Elandsgracht, which literally means Moose Canal.  It was, in fact, a canal at one time but was obviously filled in.  It's in the southern end of the Jordaan district, for those of you who know the city.

The street is only two blocks long.  Halfway down, on the sidewalk, sits this plaque of sorts, approximately 24 inches (60cm) in diameter.  So now I know just about how far away you are from me whenever I'm in A'dam!  :)

[But today I'm in Atlanta!]


comments (16)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 20 Apr 2007, 01:58
Great proof once again of the importance of looking up and down when out with the camera. This is SO my sort of photo, Ginnie! Excellent.
Ginnie Hart: So glad to please you with your kind of photo, Jimbo. I now dedicate it to you. smile
They have these all over Europe as plaques or sign posts. I always wonder why they want to emphasize the distance to major foreign cities.
Ginnie Hart: In Hannover there is one near the train station that is 12 feet in diameter! These are the only 2 I have ever seen but now I'll start looking for them, based on what you've said, Martin. Thanks.
I love taking shots of street signs and plagues . In ages past at ports and in places travelers converged plagues or boards showing direction and distances to major cities were very popular !!!! .
Ginnie Hart: They're really fun to read, Shakara, aren't they. Everyone wants to find their own city, or at least thereabouts!
  • paul
  • 20 Apr 2007, 09:12
What, no mention of anywhere in Yorkshire! Nice pic
Ginnie Hart: HA! But I think they expect you to do the math from London?
And we know how far away you are smile
I've been in Amsterdam a couple of times, lovely city.
Ginnie Hart: Let me know if/when you're coming back, Magnus. I have a feeling I'll have the potential to see more bloggers in Amsterdam than in Hannover. grin
try to convert it to B&W and it looks even better
Ginnie Hart: HA! After all the conversions I've done lately, Chantal, you'd think I'd have thought of that. Never once. So weird, right? But I think you're absolutely right. This would have been perfect for a conversion! Thanks for the suggestion.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 20 Apr 2007, 12:32
Do you know if this spot is something special/important? I'm thinking of Point Zero in Paris, for instance. Cool!
Ginnie Hart: Not that I know of, Ruth, other than that it sits outside the the store front of Edison Tapijt. I need to find out more about what that company is/does. It looks like it's a carpetry store and when I go back to look, I'm quite sure I'll see lots of carpets in the windows. Kinda rings a bell.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 20 Apr 2007, 12:33
Oh, and ONE MORE DAY!!!! grin
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes! I've been singing "Tomorrow, tomorow. It's only a day away!" smile
  • mal
  • 20 Apr 2007, 15:38
it is weird that we are all so far apart but with the press of a button, we can communicate at our leisure and just for fun to. mal
Ginnie Hart: You are so absolutely right, Mal. It's a small world after all! Thanks.
  • chris p
  • the swifts have arrived now too!
  • 20 Apr 2007, 16:06
Now, you think they would have added the Isle of Wight on there!!! grin
Ginnie Hart: HA!. Indeed. What's wrong with them!!!

Watch out for tomorrow's pic. grin
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 20 Apr 2007, 16:54
Sometimes it makes sense to look where you're stepping on. wink Well seen!
Ginnie Hart: I usually look down, Julia, when I walk. It's looking up that I'm trying to get used to! But this one was like a treasure to be found, wasn't it! smile
like simple snapshots like these because more than anything tthey let me look elsewhere...
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Sam. Thanks for your comment.
  • Louis
  • 20 Apr 2007, 23:46
Martinis wrong there are no major cities on that cover. I miss Atlanta and Pretoria. smile

Jordaan is the jewish quarter of old in A'dam. Since I got to know the dutch I know that the jews do their apprenticeship in trading in A'dam. Very astute when it comes to buying and selling - the dutch. When I make remarks like this I get chased around the house. Another exercise period coming up smile

Great find, Ginnie and a fun picture.
Ginnie Hart: No major USA cities at all OR SA. Pity!

Thanks for the added tidbit of info, Louis, even if if does mean you have to run around the house. Thanks. smile
  • Ellie
  • 20 Apr 2007, 23:49
Makes me wish I worked in kilometres! I've just been trying to work out how far is is from Lisbon to Helsinki, where hubby's been this week!

I too think it would look good in mono, it's so sharp and with such good geometry I reckon it'd look brilliant
Ginnie Hart: Are you saying you work in miles, Ellie, like I do??!! But you're definitely right, because I have to do the math as well. UGH.

I still think its hilarious that I never once thought of converting this. See what I mean about my brain. grin
Too crisp, I like
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun. Have a great weekend.
Very well done Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zeb.

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