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More than a tourist city

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The picture was taken in downtown Amsterdam by Ren Powers.

“I wanted to get off the beaten tourist track and see the real face of the cities I’m in. I saw this wall of graffiti that someone had dedicated to French realist writer Stendhal which sported posters promoting a concert for Dirty Fences—a New York band with close ties to the Netherlands—and against which someone had leaned their bike, I thought: this is the Amsterdam I want to take away with me.”

The picture is a winner in CGIS photo contest.