Last Sunday we made a tour to memory lane and watched the house where we once lived in Amsterdam from 1972-1979. The house with the tree! on top is the one we hired, the third floor and a part of the attic. These houses date from the 19th century and are renovated now I can see with the shops below closed and some empty floors.
We started with the two of us to live here but after some time we got a family with two children. The window left and the doors with the "French balcony" were the living room. The window right was a very small room for the children. We slept in the back of the house.
That rooftop terrace is new, we didn't have that. I have seen many houses in Amsterdam have one now. We used the attic to play table tennis, it was a big room with enough room to jump around the table. After renovation the houses will be sold by floor for very high prices.
Around the corner was the milkshop where I did my daily shopping, no supermarkets at those times yet. I made an every day walk along the bakery, the greengrocer, the milkman and the butcher. At every shop the kids got something to eat from the shopowner, a carrot, a slice of cheese, a bread stick and a slice of sausage. They were fond of shopping!
A last view at the street, it is mostly a busy street with tramways and traffic, but not on a Sunday.