Ice skaters on Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

Ice skaters enjoying the late afternoon sun on Prinsengracht.  

In the distance is the Westertoren — the most sung-about church tower in the Netherlands.  In the diary of her life during the Second World War, Anne Frank wrote that she could hear the bells of the Westerkerk. 
The house where she and her family hid during the occupation is just a stone’s throw away from the Westerkerk.

Amsterdam Old Church at sunset

The tower of Amsterdam’s oldest church — the Old Church (Oude Kerk, in Dutch) — silhouetted in the late afternoon winter sky. Actually, the Old Church is the oldest building in Amsterdam. It was built in several phases between some time around 1300 and 1578. Every time there was enough money the church was expanded … Read moreAmsterdam Old Church at sunset