The Dutch ‘Hanzesteden’ (Hanseatic Cities) are seven towns situated along the river ‘IJssel’. In the 14th and 15th century, they formed a traders union that lead to enormous prosperity and wealth. You can still sense the rich history of the cities Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle, Hattem, Deventer, Zutphen and Doesburg.
Waalseilandgracht (Waals Iisland Canal) is a short, relatively wide canal in the eastern part of the city centre of Amsterdam. On this image we're looking from the monumental Waalseiland bridge across the colorful houseboats in the direction of the river Y.