October 2012 - Amsterdam The Netherlands
When we were in Amsterdam last October our hotel was situated not far from the flower market.
The Singel is a canal in Amsterdam which is famous for its flower market. The floating flower market was first held in 1862. The market is unique, because all the merchandise is displayed on floating barges. This is a relic from the days when the flowers and plants sold at this market were shipped in by barges. Nowadays fresh flowers are still brought in every day; by vans, however, and no longer by boat.