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The Jordaan in Amsterdam

Published on 16 February 2019 at 15:21

The Amsterdam Jordaan



My grandfather has transferred his love for Amsterdam and in particular the Jordaan to us, he always sang the Amsterdam songs as well '' with us in the Jordaan; from Johnny Jordaan,

The Jordaan is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Amsterdam and where my family comes from.

As a child we unfortunately no longer lived there, but we were there every day, my mother helped my uncle in his fabric shop in the heart of the Jordaan, we enjoyed the different people and atmospheres around us, family members laughing and drinking at Café Nol.

Before my mother opened the shop, we were always allowed to eat the most delicious  applepie  at the Café de Winkel or go to the markets, live cosiness and let live that is the Jordaan for me

The area where my grandfather and grandmother came from, where we  were allowed to be more independent as far as that was possible for a child. 

The name Jordaan

The name of the neighborhood is said to be derived from the Jordanne, a small river in the Massif Central (Aurillac), where a group of immigrants came from.

There would have been a family that bore the name Jourdain.

And there was a corridor called the Jordan-Jordan corridor. Perhaps the name Jordaan came into being after the word jurisdiction was turned into jordiks, a reference to the area that lay outside the city walls, before the New Werck (Jordaan) was built.

There is also a connection with the predecessors of the Baptist congregation, who baptized around 1650 the way John the Baptist did in the Biblical Jordan (Matthew 3).

The most likely explanation is that of the Prinsengracht as the Jordaan river, after which the name has been transferred to the neighborhood behind it. Moses' words that one should not cross the Jordan (Deuteronomy 31: 1-8) have been mockingly associated with the Prinsengracht; someone from the rich bourgeoisie would never cross the river to find out in the poor neighborhood.

But that too is a highly debatable explanation, because the Jordaan district was certainly not so poor at the time.


In the Jordaan there were eleven canals: from north to south: Palmgracht, Goudsbloemgracht my grandmother comes from, Lindengracht, Anjeliersgracht, Egelantiersgracht, Bloemgracht, Rozengracht, Lauliergracht, Eladsgracht Looiersgracht and Passeerdersgracht The Leliegracht is adjacent to the Jordaan and has a flower name does not belong to the Jordan Canals.

The Goudsbloemgracht, filled in 1857, was given the name Willemstraat. The muted Anjeliersgracht has been called Westerstraat since 1862 where my mother helped my uncle with his fabric store and we grew up more or less. The Elandsgracht was filled in in 1891; the Lindengracht and the Palmgracht in 1895. The reasons for damping were the poor water quality and the need to create space for the increasing traffic. The Rozengracht, filled in in 1889, became an important tram connection between the center and the districts west of the Singelgracht. Various plans to damp canals were met with resistance from shopkeepers and market traders.

The Jordaan is a real folk neigboughoud, it has is very own character and a place that you should definitely have to visited, a place where you can be yourself, stand out or, instead to just hide away.


Visit  the Jordaan and you will like it.


source: Google: Wikipedia

Do you  want to know something about the flat Amsterdam dialect?

Well, I'll be short, but I'll explain it carefully.

The Amsterdam accent is seen as funny rather than vulgar. Outside of Amsterdam, 'the Amsterdammer' is sometimes referred to as a mere hand or bragging point.
An Amsterdammer is adrem and always has a quick answer ready,
Typical for  the flat Amsterdam dialect is to pronounce an S instead of a Z. Almost everyone knows this example: the son in the see sien sakkuh (seeing the sun sink into the sea). Furthermore, the long A is pronounced as O: toal (language), noar (to) and the short E as an I: minus (people).

Because Yiddish and Bargoens have had a lot of influence on the Amsterdam language (taol) it is sometimes not even easy to tell where exactly it comes from.

it is a mix of what the Burgundians (Jordaan) brought us, the Utrechtsestraat and Rembrandtsplein made of it and the North Germans added.
Due to the extensive influence of sailors and villains from the Red Light District, a mixture has been created that is understood by many.

By the arrival of many people from outside Amsterdam and also outside the Netherlands, all the dialects were transformed to eventually come together  as one 'the flat Amsterdam dialect' as we still know today.
'talking about' a real Amsterdammer is almost impossible, an Amsterdammer is right when someone does this.
The dialect is not considered tacky, Amsterdammers are proud of it. However, I do not share the same opinion about this, sometimes the accent of Amsterdam can also work against  yuo ,as I have experienced during certain hosting jobs '' sorry you talk too flat '', I was told.
More and more people take over the  Amsterdam words, the 'Mokums' is never lost.
I remember well, when I was little that my grandmother, my grandfather and every family member affectionately called ouwe (*old one) and I thought '' but I'm not old '', my grandmother explained to me that this is the an  Amsterdammers speaks . And now I catch myself doing the same haha!

I also hear my whole life how flat I sound while in my opinion it is not that bad, but indeed people also hear it on my vocabulary.

I like how people can respond to this dialect, it also depends on the place where someone comes from, the one finds it funny and the other one can not stand it well, sometimes people think when an Amsterdammer speaks, he speaks  is too clever  ,
While he doesn't  mean it like that.

 xx me 



What is a great holiday for both us and our tourists, is of course King's Day, a party for young and old, everyone who enjoys and celebrates the streets, free markets and bars, visit a party where people can sell their things or just enjoy strolling and look at all the beautiful things that happen, but how is this holiday really started and then I start for a moment just from Juliana, after Queen Juliana had succeeded her mother Wilhelmina in 1948, from 1949 Queen's Day was celebrated on Juliana's birthday, 30th of April.

Queen Juliana received a flower tribute every year at Soestdijk Palace.

While Queen's Day was still a normal working day in the post-war years, more and more people were given a day off, so that 30 April could become a national holiday.

At the succession to the throne on April 30, 1980, Queen Beatrix decided to preserve this day as the day of acceptance of her office as head of state and inauguration as Queen of the Netherlands.

Queen Beatrix also changed the form of Queen's Day. On January 28, 2013, she announced that she would be abdicating on Queen's Day.

Due to Beatrix 'abdication and the inauguration of Willem-Alexander Queen's Day had a different character.

It was also the last time that Queen's Day was celebrated and the last time the national holiday fell on 30 April.

Now King's Day is celebrated since 2014 on the birthday of King Willem Alexander on April 27, except when this is on a Sunday. In that case it is a day earlier, as was the case in the first year.

The next time is in 2025

King's Day was included in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in September 2013.


Celebrating the day.

My sisters and I always stood with a stall full of stuff collected at the Vondelpark, one of my favorite places to be that day and good tip from me, also the Beethovenstraat you should try on this day.

Children with a grab bag, self-rehearsed performances, make-up limostalls , but also old collected stuff and the smell of all kinds of sweet treats that you meet, it is all part of it two of us,  were selling, we had this always very professionally handled real prices at products all three a pouch bag with change and of course competing with each other who sells the most? This also certainly contributed to our sales skills.

When two of us were selling my mother took one of us around the park, and we could try and find out everything.

 I always were looking forward to this day.

And still,

How great is it, that it is celebrated on every inch of Dutch soil.

The most fun music festivals take place including always a big music event on the dam with great artists,  the real parties in the Jordaan, but also throughout the Netherlands.

Prior to this beautiful day, there are king games at schools to motivate children to exercise.

This time it is on Saturday 27 April!

(please let u know if you decide to come to our lovely city because of this article.)

Amsterdam city of Orange

Your sweetness is colored with a lot of frills.

People visit you, often and eagerly and every day, every month and every year it's hit again.

Yes everyone is talking about you.

Especially on King'sday , you may not be missed.

You are the party where everyone has to be.

People keep coming, even on a crowded train.

How grateful I am that you may be our Capital.

City of Orange color even more this year.

City of freedom, you've done it.every year. 

Amsterdam  capital of the Netherlands,

She is known for the artistic heritage, the  famous canals and of course the red light district in , a city where everyone can feel at home.

The museum visitor, the party animal, the shopper or the more relaxed type among us,

from whe i was a  small girl I looked my eyes out in this city,  and even the fact while I was born here.

The wonderful, characteristic canals and buildings, each with their own atmosphere, the smell of the baker in the Jordaan or the farmers market on the Noorder market in the extension of the Westersttraat,  have always stayed in my mind .

When my sisters and I were younger, my uncle had a fabric store on the Westerstraat where the fabric market was on Monday, we were there often and because we were quite a lot with three of us in such a small building, we were  sent to the market with a small ammount of pocketmoney.

There you could find everything from antiques to pigeons that they sold.
We did everything there, like drinking squeezed grass, looking at stables with mushrooms or honey, fresh organic lamb, traditional baked bread and the hippies and rastas that sold clothes and hand-made jewelry.
It was these uncommend things that typified the markets on the Westerstraad / Noordermakt and the Lindegracht for me

 One of us was in love with a boy at the bakery where we could be found every Saturday.

Helping my uncle, as far as we could then, we found great, he sold furniture and curtain cloth, there we also started to learn our sales skills ,and  every week we ate the tasty apple pie from Café Winkel.

We also met many Dutch celebrities there, a lot of them have a house on the canals,

But what attracted me most and still attracts me in Amsterdam, are the people, each different, each their own style and nobody who looks back when something is not entirely perfect
People who make music, satiate to each other. Yes, that makes Amsterdam, Amsterdam for me.

A new article next week!

Amsterdam my beloved city.
The feeling of freedom is what you gave me.
The flowered bicycle locked on the canal.
Or the fruit grower with his cargo.
O Amsterdam, how beautiful you are.
Mixed styles, that makes you so powerful.
Read a book in the Vondelpark
or a cup of coffee on the dam extra dark
Dear city that you are  remain unprecedented as everyone knows you are

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