I lived In this neighbourhood in Amsterdam for about nine years and never noticed the beautiful houses.
All the corners have a tower.
I think I had a to busy life in the seventies, first full time working and than raising two kids from baby to todlers. My focus was on the ground to keep the kids away from dangerous traffics, I just did not have time to look up!
Amsterdam has many drawbridges. We were just walking over this bridge when the alarm bells got off and the barriers went down. It is always a miracle to see the street suddenly moves up in the air.Watch the wires of the streetcars that move up too, they have an ingenious system that can come loose and close again.
This was the boat that had to pass.
And the cyclists waiting. The cars and streetcars have to wait at more distance from the bridge at the right. We have a popular saying here that when you arrive too late at school or at work "I can't be blamed the bridge was open!"
In Rotterdam people could enjoy a weekend visiting rooftops of high buildings. This "Hoge Wiek" building was the first we went up. It used to be an apartment building for nurses next to the "Harbour Hospital". Now it is inhabited by students..
From below we could spot the visitors on the roof already. Lucky there was an elevator to the 16th floor an then a few steps.
We had a great view over the Maas river. Unfortunately the weather was a bit misty.
But you got a good impression of "Manhattan at the Meuse"