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Sun Bathing

I actually took this pic on April 9, right after we moved into our Amsterdam apartment.  So as you can see, even then, when it was still pretty chilly, people were relaxing outside, soaking up the sun.

This is Amsterdam's version of sun bathing because the canal ("beach") is just 40 feet or so in front of them!

If yesterday wasn't enough, relax again today!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Sun Bathing

I actually took this pic on April 9, right after we moved into our Amsterdam apartment.  So as you can see, even then, when it was still pretty chilly, people were relaxing outside, soaking up the sun.

This is Amsterdam's version of sun bathing because the canal ("beach") is just 40 feet or so in front of them!

If yesterday wasn't enough, relax again today!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (22)

I'de like a bit of warm sunshine right now. It's quite cold here at present, colder than usual. Queensland is known for it's warm winters, but not this year.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. A lot of people have been saying that on SC,it seems. It's supposed to rain here today in A'dam but right now the sun is shining!
This situation must be unique to Amsterdam. I was trying to think why these scenes are not part of the urban landscape I am familiar with, and I realized that on such a day as this, people would be stretched out relaxing on the grass or a bench in a park.
Ginnie Hart: Most places also don't have canals in front of their homes, Karen. grin I guess you get creative when you live in a place like A'dam!
  • Ted
  • 15 Jul 2007, 04:17
Wonderful, Ginnie. I love these little glimpses into the lives of Dutch.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ted. Me, too.
Interesting and cute shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Helen.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jul 2007, 09:39
Good morning Ginnie, I bet if you go out today you could make the same kind of shots again!! Lovely capture! visitors of your blog might think living in Amsterdam is like living in a kind of paradise lol
Have a great sunday...
Petra
Ginnie Hart: We had lots of sun first thing this morning and then a nice thunder/rain storm--briefly--and now it's cloudy. If the sun comes out later, you're right, they'll be out sun bathing again, I'm sure. smile Amsterdam IS like living in paradise, Petra. You know that. smile
Hi Ginnie - another good shot. Keep them coming...
Speaking as the arch conservative person that I am I am curious as to why you change your (duo) toning with each shot? Experimentation or to suit the photo? Not a criticism - just that cat killer, curiosity got the better of me. Mike
Ginnie Hart: HA! YOU an arch conservative, Mike?? I thought I was the only one. grin

Actually, my duo-toning is so unorthodox, I'm sure I don't really do it "correctly!" Once I desaturate a pic, I then use Color Balance and start sliding the red and yellow around till I like it. So yes, it is different for every pic, I'm afraid. See, totally unorthodox!
No room at the Inn!!LoL Great shot yet again Ginnie.smile
Ginnie Hart: HA!. No room indeed, Tracy. Thanks.
Very nice picture, I like the way of life there smile
Ginnie Hart: So do I, Zeb. smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 15 Jul 2007, 13:43
This has to be a pretty unique scene outside of Amsterdam, and how imaginative. Those mattresses look custom made for the spot! My goodness, the lap of luxury.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The lap of luxury, indeed, Ruth! Facing a canal! smile
Everyone looks so sad in this photo....especially strange if they'r getting some spring rays. You'd think everyone would look very happy.
Ginnie Hart: Sad or half asleep, Mary. I think the sun puts everyone to sleep here. smile
Great candid shot. Looks like they've got the right idea. All the best, Dave
Ginnie Hart: I think so, Dave! Thanks. smile
That's so cool smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Kim. When are you coming to visit us here???? smile
even more relaxing...the dam looks like such a great place to chill...
Ginnie Hart: The whole city, I think, Sam, is a great place to chill! smile
Serious relaxation. This looks like a great idea.
Ginnie Hart: I think so, too, Martin. smile
I'm still waiting for some good summer weather here in Oslo, thanks for posting this, then I know there is hope...there will be sunshine here as well ... grin
Ginnie Hart: This was from this past April, Aksel. You should have had it by now! grin

And right now, as I speak, it looks like a thunderstorm is headed our way here in Amsterdam!
Hi Ginnie...what a magnificent capture! It's interesting how they "sunbathe" with their jackets on...how chilly was it? Thanks for sharing these pics...now did you say you "moved" to Amsterdam? Keep these images coming, love to see how other parts of the world do their daily nuances! B-) Cheers...
Ginnie Hart: It was probably in the high 50's or low 60's, H. Interestingly, even now in July, the days can be in the high 60s, unless the sun is fully out, when it'll be in the high 70s.

I know it can be confusing, but we have an apartment here in A'dam (we own a house in Atlanta) because Donica's work is in Europe at least half of the year. We go back-n-forth every month! Not quite an expat but close. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jul 2007, 22:03
It is a mind set these people have to do it this way. They have parks and use them very well, but it is like one of my previous comments - once the sun come out, the dutch become very inventive and sometimes uninhibited in their sunseeking. In A'dam next to the Rijksmuseum is the Vondelpark. Go visit it on a sunny day and you should be able to come away with interesting pictures.

Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Louis. I have been to Vondelpark once and have seen the other kind of sunbathing (still, without swimsuits). Thanks for the reminder to go back again! smile
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 15 Jul 2007, 23:39
Interesting group picture, like the tone you have ended up with, suits the feel of the picture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 16 Jul 2007, 00:00
Cool, they seem to all be in a very relaxing pose, now thats the way to enjoy life :d

Suby
Ginnie Hart: A nice place for a nap, Suby! grin Thanks.

Hope you and Sinem have a much better week, healthwise!
Another great 'people' shot, Ginnie. It's great to get out and soak up some sun, one way or another.
Ginnie Hart: Gotta get that Vitamin D! smile Thanks, Red Pen.
  • Kay
  • 16 Jul 2007, 02:49
Lovely image, Ginnie! It's a great capture of Spring yearning for Summer days to come around. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Kay. Thanks!
Hi Ginnie, you do not think that I have forgotten to visit you, but already know that very I am occupied. Here they estan resting on mattresses, but they have glasses in the hand! I do not understandsmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! It's a different way of life, isn't it, Jose!

Thanks for backtracking, Jose, but please know that when you are busy, I do not expect you to do so! You are very kind.

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