I remember times a macaroon was a speciality you could only get in France. And it was an exciting treat when someone took it for you from far away. Nowadays we have these shopwindows in Amsterdam, rows and rows of macaroons. The magic has gone for me it is just a cookie now.
When there is no rain,fog or snow the sky looks like this on a winter day, a pretty change. This is a row of old houses at the Singel in Amsterdam. As a nice bonus I got the bird flying in, hadn't noticed him until uploading the photos.
I especially like these two from 1730 with the beautiful decorated tops which are called neck gables. It almost looks they have a curl hairstyle.
Many signs to see in this photo. At the corner is a famous tearoom and pastry bakery "Landskroon" where you can have the best cakes of Amsterdam. The small alley at the right is a doorway for cyclist back and forth. Pedestrians can use a small path at the sides of the alley. Not everybody is aware of that and you can hear a constant bell ringing of the cyclists to evade the pedestrians walking in the middle of the alley.
This is a reconstruction of the Delftsche Poort ( Delft Gate), one of the former city gateways of the city of Rotterdam. There had been three former gates before, the last one was bombed in 1940 by de German air force who destroyed the whole city centre to force our gouverment to capitulation.
In 1995 this gate was raised to remember the 50 years of reconstruction of the city. Inside are some remains of the last gate displayed on plinths.
A foggy day at the river IJ in Amsterdam with the"Amsterdam Tower" in the back. From 1971 these used to be the headquaters of the Shell company but after a renovation the tower reopend in Mai 2016. There is a spectacular look out deck on top of the 22th floor and a restaurant on the 19th floor with a panoramic view.
When the weather is not rainy or foggy I will have a look up.