Vivid Amsterdam

Photos from Amsterdam, February, this year. In vivid colors on a sunny day. Enjoy!

Fotos desde Amsterdam, hechas el mes pasado. Colores vivos por un día soleado. ¡Disfrute!

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Amsterdam Museum

I know I had a busy end of the year with two flights in November and two more in  December so I’m practically covered in photos and emotions to share with you… and I’m still having photos from the last summer that must be shown here (oh, the typical Swedish outfit in the Heaven’s Gardens and some others that I never posted… ufff). I’m forced to hurry up a little so I’m mix all the travels and photos. Today: Amsterdam Museum, a must-visit if you’re traveling to the Dutch capital. Very interactive, full of interesting information regarding the formation of the city, its conquerors (did you know that Napoleon once ruled the city ? And the fact that the Dutch flag was made after the French flag but the colors are disposed horizontal ? And also the main part of the city is under the sea level ?) and its population. But let’s see the photos.

Me doy la cuenta que tuve un fin del año muy ocupado, con dos vuelos en noviembre y dos más en diciembre, así que estoy prácticamente cubierta en fotos y emociones para compartir con vosotr@s … y todavía tengo fotos del verano pasado que tengo que mostrar aquí (¡oh!, el traje típico sueco en unos jardines espléndidos y algunos otros que nunca he publicado… ufff). Necesito apurar un poco, así que estoy mezclando todos los viajes y fotos. Hoy: Museo de Amsterdam (Amsterdam Museum), una imprescindible visita si vas a viajar a la capital holandesa. Muy interactivo, lleno de información interesante sobre la formación de la ciudad, sus conquistadores (¿sabías que Napoleón una vez gobernó la ciudad? ¿Y el hecho de que la bandera holandesa fue tomada después de la bandera francesa, pero los colores están dispuestos horizontal? ¿Y también que el parte principal de la ciudad está debajo del nivel del mar?) y su población. Pero vamos a ver las fotos.

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Flora Holland – the world of flowers

Yes, I’m back home now after the second “Amsterdam experience”. The conclusions will be in the last post about this trip; if you wait for an answer if it worths to visit A’dam, there should be only a full YES, but there are things that must be analyzed more. That will be in the last post about this travel. Now it’s time for a visit to the Flower Market in Aalsmeer. This is the largest flower auction in the world. Some statistics about it:

number of auction rooms: 13

number of auction clocks: 40

number of employees: 4,500

turnover (per year): 4 billions euros

number of flowers and plants sold (per year): 12 billions

number of flowers and plants sold every day: 48 millions

The auctions starts every day at 6 A.M. and ends around 8 A.M. and everything happen exactly like in a financial market. Everyday the transactions are around 16 millions euros which is impressive. The most of the flowers goes to Africa and Israel. Flora Holland is a cooperative, this means that the members – approximately 6,000 growers – are the owners of the business. With an extremely good management, the time between the moment when the flowers are at the farm and the moment that the same flowers are in a different country ready to be sold is less than a day. Now you can see some photos and a small video (pay attention, the sound could be annoying, set the volume to low). I hope you’ll enjoy, it’s something that you can’t see everyday, that’s why I thought will be interesting to host it on my blog. I was there Friday morning, but not that early to actually see the auctions. If you click on the pictures, you can see the full size. Enjoy.

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