from Frans Woons January 10, 2001 Hello Ben! I just read part of your WebPages.  I was also born in the neighbourhood were you were born!  I was born in 1941 in the Marco Polostraat.  You talked, in one of your web pages, about "Het groene bruggetje".  As a matter of fact I crossed this little bridge hundreds of times.  The last time I was there was in October of last year, after an absence of 16 years, when you too were in Holland. Concerning the Admiralengracht, I can vaguely remember when the canal was at "polderpeil" and farmers brought their goods, from their greenhouses, by boat through the canal to the "Markthallen".  Where the "Postjeskade" met "de Baarsjes" there was an "overtoom" where the little boats where lifted from the lower "polderpeil" to the higher "stadspeil". Around 1953 brick walls, supported by spars driven into the ground ("geheid"), were made along the Admiralengracht and the water level raised by about 1.80 m to "stadspeil". Met de vriendelijke groeten, Frans Woons, MNRM Williams Lake, BC, Canada