Leiden, Netherlands: Pilgrims’ Base For 20 Years Before Boarding Mayflower

Americans rarely think of their personal fates tied to ancient history, but DNA reports and access to new databases tracing ancestry far into the past can change perceptions of who Americans are. Fourteen generations before me, one of my oldest known ancestors was Simon Symonson, born in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands in 1510, according to Ancestry.com. He died... Continue Reading →


If America’s First, Who’s Second?

The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, Denmark France, Norway, Iceland and Spain compete for second, to Trump's America First.   Vanity Fair offered highlights.

Obama Meets Rembrandt at Rijksmuseum

March 24, 2014. "POTUS meets Rembrandt. The President looks at Rembrandt's 'Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul' during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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