If this scenery looks a bit 'slanted' to you: this is common in Amsterdam, because big parts of the city - that means nearly every house within the borders of the old parts of the city - rest on stilts due to the muddy ground. Several hundreds to several thousands of stilts were needed to anchor the basement of every building. As these stilts are most likely made of wood, several buildings tilted over due to rotting. That's why many buildings in Amsterdam seem to bend forward, sidewise, or backward. We will see some more examples for this in the following shots.