Singels in Rotterdam (this is not a typo)

Everybody knows the cliche of the Inuit having 70 words for snow. Snow is what they have, so they come up with lots of words for it. Well, the Dutch have the same with waterways. Gracht, sloot, vaart, kanaal are just some of the words in the Dutch language used to designate a man-made elongated body of water. The most famous of the Dutch waterways are probably the semi-circular canals of Amsterdam, known as the Grachtengordel or Channel Belt. Rotterdam has its own set of canals, called “singels”, that more or less encircle the city centre (click here for a map). Although these are not as well-known as the Amsterdam ones, they also make for pretty nice pictures. Like these ones:

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