This trip had a mission. The group was invited by a variety of hosts to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Ft. Ross in Northern California by Ivan Kuskov, from the village of Tot’ma in Russia. Kuskov was welcomed by the Native American Kashaya Indians many years ago. This generation of Kashaya continues to cherish and celebrate the wonderful traditions of their fore fathers.
Don’t miss the bird – bottom right….so much to see..so little time!
In case you wonder what this is? It’s a close up of a hoist. There is one at the top of every one of these rows and rows of brownstones. It seems that property taxes are based on frontage, so the townhouses are very narrow, very deep and high. The hoist is used to pull furniture and other items up to the windows for entry into the house. Who would have thought?
The Rijksmuseum and it’s world renown collection of Dutch art from the Golden Age is a must see if you are in Amsterdam. Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” is on the list of most important art objects of all time.
We are so fortunate and grateful for my sister Elizabeth’s generous hospitality sharing her wonderful California with us. She has dedicated her adult life and career to California State Parks. How lucky for us!