Monday, March 20, 2017

Walking where they walked almost 400 years ago

Photo by Patrick Jones. Amsterdam, 17 Mar 2017.
Back in January, I wrote about Philippe Du Trieux and Susanna Du Chesne, my 10th-great-grandparents. They were married in 1621 and lived on Runstraat, a nice little street in Amsterdam between the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Over the weekend I had an opportunity to visit Amsterdam after meetings in Copenhagen. The photo above is from a little bridge where Runstraat goes over Prinsengracht. The next photo shows the street sign on the corner of Keizersgracht and Runstraat.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Runstraat, Amsterdam.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Runstraat, Amsterdam.
Photo by Patrick Jones. 10 Runstraat.
The street now has shops on the ground level and homes or apartments on the upper levels. It is nice to see the neighborhood where they lived nearly 400 years ago. The next photos are of the Prinsengracht canal. While the buildings may have changed from their day, the canals are in the same place, and this gives me a good sense of their neighborhood.
Photo by Patrick Jones. End of Runstraat. 17 Mar 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. 17 Mar 2017.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mural by the London Police. 18 Mar 2017.
The photo above was taken further up the Prinsengracht canal, with a mural by artists the London Police behind a row of houseboats. I've captured art by the London Police in Dubai and Miami, so this was a nice find in Amsterdam.

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