Photo Uploaded: May 21 2013 18:10:03 GMT Taken: 2013:05:05 16:09:11 Manufacturer: SONY Camera: DSC-HX100V Aperture: F4.5 Shutter: 1/1000 sec ISO: 100 Flash: No (Auto)
Netherlands, Amsterdam, May 2013
The picture shows the theatre Carre and the famous Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). The central section of the Magere Brug is a bascule bridge made of white-painted wood. The present bridge was built in 1934, but the first bridge at this site was built in 1691. Because this bridge was very narrow, the locals called it magere brug, which literally means "skinny bridge". Use of the bridge has been limited to pedestrians and cyclists since 2003.
A story told to tourists about the origins of the 1691 version of the bridge is that it was built by two wealthy sisters who lived on opposite sides of the Amstel river and wanted to be able to visit one another every day (and were presumably too busy, or not in good enough health, to go the long way round via another bridge, of which there must surely have been at least one). In one variant of the story the sisters, although wealthy, were not quite wealthy enough to afford a bridge of adequate width for general use and so built a very narrow bridge, hence its name. In another variant of the story the sisters' last name was Mager, hence the bridge's name (rather than from its narrowness).
The bridge can be seen in a number of films, such as the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever from 1971: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magere_Brug