Monday, April 27, 2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands

In the Netherlands, today is Konigsdag, or King's Day. The tradition of giving the Dutch people a holiday on a royal birthday began in 1885 when Princess Wilhelmina, seen here as Queen Wilhelmina, celebrated her 5th birthday (though not on April 27). Wilhelmina is especially remembered for her inspiration during World War II. [2015]

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chicago, Illinois, USA

George Washington's two companions in this landmark monument are Robert Morris and Haym Salomon. Despite what you learn in American history classes, George Washington did not win the Revolutionary War alone. Without the funds raised by Morris and Salomon, the fight for independence would have been a lost cause. [2015]

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

"So the last shall be first, and the first last." Albania leads the pack of NATO nations, and the United States brings up the rear. The USA is an original NATO member and one of the richest countries in the alliance. Albania became a full member in 2009 and is one of the poorest countries in the Alliance. But, Albania is always first in the NATO parade of nations." [2014]

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yerevan, Armenia

In preparation for today, the emblem of the Armenian genocide's centennial began appearing all over Armenia. The flower is a forget-me-not. With five petals representing the five destination continents, it doubles as a map of the Armenian diaspora. The silhouette is the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, and the slogan reads "I remember and demand." [2015]

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The Baths at Virgin Gorda are created by granite boulders strewn upon the beach. Some occur as isolates, and some as composites. It gives the British Virgins a landscape worthy of national park status. [2014]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

God to Noah:  "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth." Apparently, God set his rainbow in the fountains, too. Happy Earth Day! [2008]

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bucharest, Romania

God to Noah:  "You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal, of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive." [2014]