If I could fly, from above it would look like that
When I arrive at the bridge I know that I am almost there
The first thing you have to pay attention when you enter Ijburg are the bicycles. There so many and most of them I had never seen in my life. To carry around 3 to 5 children you don't use a car but a bike. Cars are banned in Amsterdam. Bikes are the kings ! The parking spaces even in front of your own house are so expensive that visitors have to leave their cars outside Amsterdam and take a taxi or a tram to go to their family or friends. 2.50 € per hour is normal it can go up of course in some areas you pay until 5 € per hour. Now all this is very nice for the environment, but not for a poor vintage lady like me who sat on a bike at least 30 years ago and is used to drive everywhere by car. There are good transport links to Ijburg but if you don't have a weekly ticket or something one ride is also very expensive.
For bikes there is no parking fee, so all along the street you see bikes and bikes. Some families own up to 5 bikes.
Definitively this area is not for elderly people to live.
It is really only suitable for young couples with or without children. Above 50 or 60 it becomes difficult to live there, if you are in a good shape and you can still climb 3 to 4 floors up to the bed or bathroom, then it's OK. You can't be too big either because the stair cases are rather narrow too. The houses are all narrow and high, due to the fact that there is not very much space.
There are many bridges
and the houses look almost all the same
square like boxes and flat roofs
Some people had planted flowers in front of their entrance which gave this kind of ghetto a cheerful touch.
To me it looks like a town of the future, definitively ultra modern. There are lots of sport fields and Fitness clubs, you find from Yoga to football everything, but .... no shop ! Nothing, but a beautiful beach ! Since a few month one bakery has opened near my son's house where I could walk, otherwise there is no shop at all, you would starve if you can't ride a bike or take a tram ! But fortunately there are ... lots of restaurants !
Toby and I had lunch here at the beautiful habour, which of course in summertime is very crowded.
Where is my bicycle ?
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