Bordeaux | France | Quai Richelieu | Week 33

Bordeaux [spanish: Burdeos; arabic: Būrdū], founded by Celts in the 3rd century BC, lies close to the Atlantic coast in southwest France, 450 km north of Barcelona, 450 km west of Lyon and 500 km south of Paris. It is the largest city in southwestern France and the 9th largest city in France.

Population: 250.000 [2015] | 210.000 [1990] | 263.000 [1931] | 257.000 [1901]

The Romans called the city Burdigala and made it the capital of their province Aquitania. Later it was also the capital of Guyenne during the time of english rule. The city has always profited from its strategic position along the cost and several trade routes, which guaranteed wealth via trade, especially of its wine, still renowned worldwide today. Today it is the capital of the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, seat of an arch bishop and the historic centre is a UNESCO world heritage site. It has also been the capital of France for three short periods during german invasions in the last 150 years.

The complete old town of Bordeaux has been awarded an ensemble UNESCO world heritage site status. It is nicknamed the Port de la Lune (Port of the Moon) and is known for its consistent architectural character, created in the age of Enlightenment. Above we see the front along the river Garonne and the Quai Richelieu. In the centre we see the Porte Cailhau, one of the main sights of Bordeaux and the former main gate towards the harbour (errected in 1495).

Photography by Victor Lavilla.

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France Bordeaux Quai Richelieu

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Bordeaux Quai Richelieu

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Amsterdam | Netherlands | Oudezijds Voorburgwal | Week 5

Amsterdam [Yiddish: Mokum], first mentioned as Aemstelredamme in 1275, situated centrally in the Netherlands on the mouth of the Amstel and the Ij into the Ijsselmeer, largest city of the Netherlands, 41st largest city in Europe.

Population: 826.000 (2015) | 695.000 (1990) | 757.000 (1930) | 524.000 (1900)

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but not the seat of its parliament (Den Haag). It is known worldwide for its canal system, the so-called Grachtengordel, and its architecture (also an UNESCO world heritage site). In the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age, it was probably the wealthiest city in the world. The offices of the East India Trading Company became the first stock exchange in the world in 1602. It was also for centuries a safe haven for europe’s jews and they called it the “Jerusalem of the West”. Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam. Today Amsterdam is home to several world renowned museums.

This night view of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal depicts the typical dutch gabled houses along Amsterdam’s canals. It lies within the De Wallen district of central Amsterdam and is also part of Amsterdams Red Light District (dutch Rosse Buurt), as can obviously be seen with some of the red windows and sex shops here. The Oudezijds Voorburgwal is one of the most frequented canals in Amsterdam and one can find more than a hundred national listed buildings along it, including De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest church. This view of the iced canal is relatively rare and was taken in february 2012.

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Panorama Amsterdam Red Light District

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Amsterdam Canals Grachten Panorama