Flower Power

I had lunch at a cafe near the flowermarket today and noticed that the back of the flower sheds has been decorated to look like the front of the market. It looks quite tacky – particularly as the trompe d’oeil effect is spoilt by the water on this side of the stalls.

It’s supposedly the world’s only floating flowermarket, but it’s barely that, the stalls are firmly attached and most of what you see as you wander along the market is set out on solid ground.

However last time I looked these sheds were rough corrugated perspex so this is an improvement.

But I can’t help being a little nostalgic…. a hundred years ago the
flower sellers did bring their produce in on small, flat-bottomed boats, and sell it in this area as shown in the Jacob Olie photo at left.

photo is from the Amsterdam Gemeentearchief website, they have an imagebank where you can download or order photos.

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