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The houses of Amsterdam are built on a foundation consisting of wooden pilings. When does pilings start rotting, the house will start to lean. Nowadays, many foundations have been replaced by concrete pilings. However, it is not possible to make the house straight again. So as locals we are used to living in leaning buildings. The houses you see lean about 5 degrees. I am always surprised that the bricks do not crack. Apparently they are able to resettle without breaking. The guests on the private walking tour were amazed and noticed how many leaning buildings there are in the UNESCO World Heritage Canal District of Amsterdam. Actually, most of the buildings lean! After living here so long, I am also still surprised by this... 

A great private Rijksmuseum Tour in Amsterdam. This year, the Rijksmuseum organizes a special exhibition about Rembrandt, as he passed away in 1669, which is exactly 350 years ago. All the paintings, etches and drawings the Rijksmuseum possesses are in this special exhibition, except the world famous Nightwatch which is still on his original spot.

Great spring weather during an Amsterdam Walking Discovery Tour. The group of Portuguese students enjoyed the city of Amsterdam

An early morning stroll in Edam in great spring weather. Join me on a Countryside Tour using the public transport, it is a great way to  see the Netherlands.

You are looking at a floating house In the new Amsterdam neighborhood IJburg (yes, written with two capitals). This house is connected with rings to a foundation of concrete pilings. Join me on a tour Contemporary Amsterdam Architecture!

An early spring in Amsterdam. The birds are starting to sing, the days are getting longer, the sun is out for over a week and temperatures are rising. Great weather for sightseeing!

A private tour in Amsterdam in crisp but pleasant weather. There were originally around 10,000 windmills in the Netherlands, mainly for pumping the water. Today, around 900 windmills remain and the Dutch actually live in them. This is the windmill where Rembrandt used to come to paint and draw the Dutch countryside.

I am happy and proud with the restyled website of my small company Lowlands Tours. Thank you webdesigner David who prevented me from getting lost in the digital world. We added more pictures and more information about the private customizable tours I offer. I look forward to hear from you! Thank you, Roland

What a beautiful view during a walking discovery tour. We saw a rainbow behind the Saint Nicholas' Basilica. We escaped the rain with a quick coffee and then we went on. This was truly a golden moment.