The town of Banyoles boasts a medieval network of small canals (‘recs’) constructed by the monks of the monastery further inland to reconduct water of the lake to their allotments.
Some inhabitants still use the ‘rec’ as a wash basin (‘safareig’) that every village and town traditionally had and where women used to gather to wash, and exchange their experiences as well as the latest gossip.
Taankade, Dordrecht (Netherlands).
Canal in the historic centre of Dordrecht where boats have to pass under the bridge of the medieval town hall.
Canals in an old city centre always are a challenge for any builder. These house painters are not deterred by the water and have built their scaffold right in the canal. But it was the repetition of the colour blue that has drawn my attention in the first place.