- 1911: a man slashed it with a knife
- 1975: an unemployed school teacher (he committed suicide a year later) used a bread knife to to make several cuts, it took four years to restore, and the damage can still be seen
- 1990: acid was sprayed onto the painting, but only the varnish layer was affected.
We then went on to a boat to have lunch and tour of the canals (40 radial and concentric with 400 bridges).
If you look closely, there are five bridges. Also a real windmill:
This is the type of ship that explored the world, including establishing New Amsterdam in the early 1600s, my next stop, now known as New York.
This is eye, a film museum in the harbor:
I later walked around for a while and noticed The Jolly Joker, a coffeeshop.
So I went in and ordered one medium joint for 4.5 euros, about $5, half the price of three years ago when I was last here. Again, though, the effect was like drinking slightly less than an ounce of scotch, almost nothing.
Disappointed, it began to rain, so I hurried back to our ship, which tonight featured a classical trio--violin, cello and guitar--La Strada.
Avond by Boudewijn de Groot was the #1 Dutch hit of all time. Never before heard of it. But, aha, I went to another source and found the top Dutch song to ever become popular around the world, a 1969 tune, Venus by Shocking Blue. The song reached #1 on Billboard in 1970, and, if I ever bothered to make up my personal list, I would include it in my top 100. They disbanded in 1974. No comeback, for Mariska Veres passed away in 2006. I wonder if La Strada would deign to this level?
We had our final dinner and joined the same two I met the first night, plus Eula. Here, Lareene from New Jersey and Lesley from Australia:
The leis were made by my 15 Craigside neighbor Charlotte, who said, something to the effect of good luck with these.
I had two salads, Caesar plus arugula:
I've had a bit each of red and white wines for each dinner on this ship. Next came the best dish on this river cruise, and, perhaps whole trip, a foie gras topping a saffron truffle risotto, adorned with basil, white onion slices and arugula: