Hotel Alfa Plantage
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... it was heading in the same direction and on the same track as the typical Amsterdam Central train. Oh well, I'll figure it out.
I did figure it out, and Amsterdam Central was not on the destination list. I was at least savvy enough to know which station I needed to get off at so that I could connect back to the train I had actually intended. So, at Sloterdijk I exit the train with a few other folks. I stopped for 30-seconds (to take a video for a ...
... and headed over to the cruise terminal to board our Celebrity Cruise ship called the "Constellation."
Cruising Through the Baltics:
On August 1st, our cruise ship was ready for us! We splurged by getting a spacious cabin - the Royal Suite - and we were all pretty excited to see what it looked like. Though the kids had never seen a "regular room" on a cruise ship ...
... 26th- Today's museum of choice was Van Gogh, a more colorful visit than yesterday. After seeing where Vincent lived in Montmartre Paris, it was interesting to see his work presented chronologically and read just how diligently he worked at his craft. Apparently he was not naturally gifted and used a perspective frame and made many sketches to improve his skills. His early paintings were very dark and murky and then he switched to tonal colour to produce the paintings we know ...
The model for Rembrandt's portrait of 'The Old Jew' that hangs in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg could have been his neighbor. Rembrandt lived in the Jewish neighborhood, two blocks from the restored Ashkenazic synagogue and the Great Portuguese Synagogue (original) just across the street. In the late 15th and16th centuries, Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal came to Holland to escape the Inquisition; they were followed one hundred years later by Ashkenazie ...
... you to secretly practice how to throw bottles in the air - "the flair." Alexis tried it first, but she didn't realize the screen outside the flair booth would show her video to the entire crowd. Needless to say, everyone had an unforgettable time. Our choices for cocktails were very much like jolly ranchers - super girly and watered down.