Outside the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam:
Loving the drain spouts!
The coat of arms
is everywhere in The Netherlands;
the three x's are to represent the three types of
disasters that had plagued the country
X - Floods (The majority of the country is under sea level)
X - Fires (Many buildings have thatched roofs - burn easily)
X - Disease (Rats and sewage could sicken a continent)
Also note that many of the city buildings
are tall and narrow;
making moving furniture up or down skinny steps difficult.
Note the support bar near the tops of many buildings -
some are still used for furniture moving!
A short walk from Novotel Amsterdam
to the corner bakery
Pumpkin soup on a cold blustery day.
I have a matching bumper sticker, too!
Tony in the tour bus:
On the way to...
Giving a brief description
well, I can't quite recall.
but it was a good lesson!
We stopped the tour bus at one
(with thatched roof and ducks in the pond),
climbed a nearby hill
and discovered some friendly sheep.
We and they... were amused.
The fishing village where
the Herring Incident
(from the bus window)
with cement goose
in the yard.
But they get the real ones, too.
For the rappin' cats in your life.
I didn't even think I
Oh, and it was
David-the-Elder's birthday, too!
(he is 83!)
And in honor of meeting
She painted her shoes...
And her nails!