Sandra: Iím glad we got these flyers; now I
understand the history a little better.
Donita: It does make the history much clearer.
Here come Pieter and Mari.
Sandra: Hello! Where did you two go onshore?
Mari: We went to Fort Amsterdam. It was
thought-provoking to see something that was
built in 1635 to protect the town. The old
raparts now house the government offices.
Pieter: Tell them about the cannonball. (They sit
down at the table.)
Mari: Can you believe it? Thereís an old
cannonball embedded in the chapel wall that was
Pieter: Supposedly it has purposely left there as
a reminder of Captain Blighís 26-day siege. The
story is that he was aiming for the buildings on
the far right, but missed!
Donita: What an embarrassment that must have
Mari: Iím sure it was; maybe he needed glasses.
Pieter: After that, we walked below the
Governorís Palace, and saw the Fort Church
Museum It had a small display of religious
Sandra: Did you go anywhere else?
Pieter: Yes, we saw the Synagogue Mikve Israil
Emanuel. Can you believe it was Built in 1734?
It is an elegant building and very well cared
for... The Mahogany just shines from being
polished all these years. And there are four
Mari: Nest to it is the Rabbiís House which has
been turned into a museum. It was lovely. I was
curious about the sand on the floor, so had to
ask a guide.
Donita: How strange!
Mari: Thatís what I thought. The guide
explained the traditional sand floor was to
maintain an air of humility. He also said the
300 year old Mikvah was a bath used for
Sandra: We took a ride through the old Jewish
quarter. The houses were very impressive.
Pieter: Did you see the one that looks like a
wedding cake? Itís the most photographed house
in the world.
Donita: Wow! I thought maybe the White House was
the most photographed.
Pieter: The next time we come, I would like to go
to the Underwater Park and the Seaquarium Beach.
Mari: (Laughing.) The next time? So you are
already planning the next trip?
Pieter: Absolutely! We just canít see everything
in one day.
Mari: Iím so glad to hear that; I didnít even
have time for shopping, so the next time... I
want to go to a jewelry store.
Pieter: (As first dinner bell sounds.) Saved by
the bell! Itís time to get changed dinner.
Sandra: Yes, we have the second seating also.
Weíll see you later. Goodbye.
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