Sandra: I’m 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? There’s an old cannonball embedded in the chapel wall that was never removed. Pieter: Supposedly it has purposely left there as a reminder of Captain Bligh’s 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 been! Mari: I’m sure it was; maybe he needed glasses. Pieter: After that, we walked below the Governor’s Palace, and saw the Fort Church Museum It had a small display of religious artifacts. 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 huge candelabras! Mari: Nest to it is the Rabbi’s 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: That’s 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 ceremonial cleansing. 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? It’s 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 can’t see everything in one day. Mari: I’m so glad to hear that; I didn’t 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! It’s time to get changed dinner. Sandra: Yes, we have the second seating also. We’ll see you later. Goodbye.