Last Sunday (May 5th) the Netherlands celebrated the end of WW II. At this occasion, our children invited us for a trip on their boat through the harbour and canals of Amsterdam. This is one of the many pictures I took on this trip. It shows a replica of the VOC ship "De Amsterdam" (VOC = Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie = United Dutch East Indian Company). The original Amsterdam sailed up the North Sea in 1749. In a raging storm the rudder snapped. The master decided to beach the brand-new ship on the south coast of England. The replica was built in 1985 by 400 volunteers (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_(VOC_ship) ). In the background the Scheepvaart Museum of Amsterdam.