One Final Visit To Amsterdam And Away We Go (Page Six)
We checked out of the hotel and made our way slowely toward the Vicking Baldur Long Ship which was on the Amstel which is a river in the Netherlands which runs through the city of Amsterdam.
We embarked at 11:00 AM and enjoyed some sightseeing on our own before returning to the ship and having dinner on board.
We departed for Kinderdijk at 11:30 PM for an overnight voyage.
Did You Know? - The river's name is derived from Aeme-stelle, old Dutch for "water-area", namely, an area abounding with water.
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel.
We only have a few hours until we are off to see the canals on the Viking Baldur long boat!
New paths are soon to show up!
Across the canal and around town
The Amsterdam University is always quite busy
Plenty of outdoor dining areas
Did You Know? - Alida Margaretha Bosshardt (Utrecht, 8 Jun 1913 – Amsterdam, 25 Jun 2007), better known as Major Bosshardt, was a well known officer in The Salvation Army, and more or less the public face of this Christian organization in the Netherlands.
Bosshardt became a member of the Salvation Army after visiting one of their meetings when she was 18. Before that, she was not religious. Her father was a converted Roman Catholic, her mother was Dutch Reformed. From 1934 she worked in a children's home in Amsterdam. During the German occupation in the Second World War, Bosshardt took care of the mostly Jewish children who had been brought by their parents to the home.
After the war, she worked at the Army's national headquarters in Amsterdam. She noticed that the Army had no activities in the De Wallen, Amsterdam's red-light district, and obtained permission to start working there. Her work for the prostitutes gained her national fame. In 1965, she accompanied Princess Beatrix on a secret visit of the red-light district.
In 1978, Bosshardt retired. She had already been promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army, but she was still generally known as "Major Bosshardt". After her retirement, she was still a prominent member of the Army, regularly appearing on television and speaking at conferences and church services.
Salvation Army Headquarters in the Netherlands
A tribute to an amazing lady
Buildings date back 120 years
Watching the world go by!
Foods from all over the world!
Our guide knows everything...
Spring time is just around the corner
We are beginning to see the "Long Boats"
We are getting close to out destination!
The boats are used everyday
Infested with bikes
The ship is just around the corner!
Our traveling group gets their "mug shots"
Did You Know? - A mug shot or mugshot (an informal term for police photograph or booking photograph) is a photographic portrait typically taken after a person is arrested. It is a standard criminal procedure, and subsequently it is applied to an identity and record portfolio.
The original purpose of the mug shot was to allow law enforcement to have a photographic record of an arrested individual to allow for identification purposes by victims, the public and investigators. However, in the United States entrepreneurs have recently begun to exploit the mug shot for commercial gains via the mug shot publishing industry.
Photographing of criminals began in the 1840s only a few years after the invention of photography, but it was not until 1888 that French police officer Alphonse Bertillon standardized the process.
Goodbye Amsterdam... Ye were good!