Hof van Marken
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We had a glorious day out on our Vespa, (50cc?) no licence necesssary, no gears, just start and go!
The bicycle paths here are fantastic. They are everywhere, and small motorbikes can use them too. Once we had worked out who gives way to who, and what you can get away with, we were away!
Getting out of the city was the most challenging, but once over the bridge and heading north, we were relishing the flat tarseal bike dedicated roads that ...
... and this troubled the King. He was assured by them that the bamboo knife was so sharp that the infant boys would not feel a thing. When the King couldn't cut his nails or the hair on his forearm with the knife, he virtually told them, "Not on my watch mate!".
The third reason was that they were traditionally practising animism (worship of mountains, rivers, landforms etc) and they weren't going to halt this for anyone. ...
... glass. It was really interesting now normal and accepted it all was. This morning, we took a walking tour and explored the city in daylight. It's a completely different city in the sun! Quiet and cute and full of canals and history. Of course, there are still girls in windows, as prostitution is a 24/7 business, but there aren't many, and they're only in one part of town, so it's easy to see what Amsterdam is really about outside of that industry. Our tour guide ...
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May 4th is the Commeration Day. It is a day to remember all those that were lost.
We walked to the deportation center iof the Jews for 1942 and 1943. It used to be a theatre with a first and second balcony. As children were born, they had to include religion on birth certificate. 80% of the Jewish community disappeared. The deportation center is the oldest holocaust memorial in Europe. The roof is open as a symbol of ...
Our last day in Amsterdam was spent touring the Holland countryside. We explored a working windmill from the 1600s (grinding lime for lining soccer fields, and various pigments from stones and roots for making paints). At one time there were over 5000 windmills in Holland and fortunately nearly 1000 still survive. The majority of early windmills were used to pump water to reclaim land from sea and lakes. Over half of The Netherlands is below sea level. ...