Friday, July 14, 2017

Royal Palace: Fit for a King

July 14, 2017 - Amsterdam -Toured the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and it's a building fit for a king with rich marble, brass and ivory and artwork that salutes Roman gods and goddesses, built in the 17th Century as the Town Hall of Amsterdam.

Aside from the spectacular artwork, the details about the Palace were rather fascinating.  

The Palace used to be the Town Hall and it dates to the 16th Century.

It was often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World because 13,659 wooden poles were driven into the soft ground to carry the weight of the building. 

In 1808 the town hall was turned into a palace for King Louis Bonaparte. 

Six chandeliers hang from the ceiling.  The blue ball with stars refers to the globe of Atlas. Curved hooks on the end once held large oil lamps. 

There were no paintings in the corners above Mars and Venus. The docent said it was because Rembrandt did paint two murals and the four mayors did not like them.

One painting was a hero with one eye and they didn't care for that so they took it down. The other painting was too dark and also removed.

Contracting for another painting did not happen because all the money for the Palace was spent on marble. 

Riding today in tribute to Cliff and Ann Hale

July 14, 2017 - Today I'm riding in tribute to:

As I wrap up this year's Amazing Ride for Alzheimer's, I'd like to thank all of those that contributed to the ride in honor of a loved one. 

Your memorials motivate me on the road and I'm honored by your support for both the ride as well as memory care programs at Cedar Community.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

VIDEO | The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 13, 2017 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - It was a day full of rain and Jewish history. The must-have ticket is to the Anne Frank House. 

It's amazing and sad all at the same time. Rooms where the Frank family, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer lived were tight quarters. The floors creaked, still, and that limited their daytime movement.

We climbed the stairs to the office and then the hiding space. Steep stairs. You had to duck your head and step up about six inches to climb behind the bookcase and through the secret passage.

The helpers had to shop for eight people in hiding; ration cards were purchased on the black market. 

Height markings for Anne and her sister Margo are visible on the wall along with film star photo collection and post cards. 

Rudy Vallee, Ray Milland, Ginger Rogers, Greta Garbo and a post card of chimps around the card table. 

The toilet is decorated with Delft blue. 

"Wouldn't it be horrible for a father to read these thoughts after she is gone," said one woman as she left the exhibit. 

Otto Frank was the only one to survive after their Secret Annex was found and everyone arrested

They were deported first to Westerbork transit camp, and then to Auschwitz. 

An interview with Otto Frank and his thoughts about his daughter. 

"Anne realized how serious her situation was and she kept her faith."

Riding in tribute to Vic and Gen Albiero

July 13, 2017 - Netherlands - Today I'll be riding in tribute to: