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The day following the shareholders meeting the Packers had their first practice scheduled. We made it over to the practice early and took a few photos.The kids were already lining up with their bikes outside the American Family Gate. It is traditional that the players ride bikes to the practice field. While we were waiting I took some photos of the old uniforms that were on display in the parking lot.

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I managed a shot of the Packer Experience volunteers coming out of the Oneida Nations Gate.

This was the ESPN crew with former packer James Jones as a part of the crew.

The main event for us was the bike ride. Not all all the star players participated but enough did to make it interesting.

Some of the smaller kids didn’t seem to have a good grasp of what was going on.

This little girl was carrying Williams helmet but hadn’t gone too far be fore he realized it was too heavy for her and took it himself.

Bolton took this little girls bike but she didn’t seem to realize that she was supposed to follow him.

Mark Murphy, CEO, was interviewed by ESPN.

My wife was photographing from a different location and had a place in the shade and was able to get some great shots.

These were all of the bikes parked outside the practice field.

We watched practice for a while but it was just too hot to sit for a couple of hours in the sun.

After watching practice for a while we walked back to the stadium parking lot and checked out the Packer Experience which was also taking place. Not a big crowd because most of the people were at practice but things started picking up later in the morning. The kids seemed to be having fun. The kid in the last photo was taking it seriously. The Packers might want to look at him as a future linebacker.

 

 

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No visit to Lambeau Field would be complete without a visit to the Packers Pro Shop. It expanded in size since out last visit. It’s all about the money. This visit was the day prior to the stockholders meeting and things were relatively quiet. The day of the stockholders meeting it was a zoo.

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One of the major changes since our last visit to Green Bay has been the addition of Title Town just across the street from Lambeau Field. This was a great place to relax between our other activities. It includes green space, places to sit. restaurants and lodging in the first phase. A second phase is under construction and will include apartments, town homes and offices.

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It also includes a sledding hill which was being used by kids to roll down while we were there. The green space at the bottom of the hill becomes a skating rink during the winter.

There is a large playground for kids which was being used. In addition to the playground there were Table Tennis, Bocce Ball, Cornhole  and Shuffleboard are available

The area also includes a full sized football field for public use.

 

After the visiting the Green Bay Botanical Garden we headed back to Lambeau Field where we had tickets for the Packers Heritage Trolley Tour. We were lucky to get the last two tickets available.

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It was the last tour of the day so we were able to stop at a few more places because there was not as much traffic. This is a shot of Curly Lambeau’s Birthplace Home.

This is a shot of the Indian Packing & Acme Packing Plants where it all started and where their first practice field was located.

The Riverside Ballroom where many important Packer functions where held.

City Stadium

The Packer dressing room at City Stadium. The visitors had to dress in their hotel in downtown Green Bay.

Packers Heritage Trail Plaza with a view of important packer locations in the background.

Clarke Hinkle

Johnny Blood

George Whitney Calhoun

Paul Hornung

Packers Band Member

Bart Star StatueAfter the tour we returned to Lambeau Field and took a few more photos. The first statue is Vince Lombardi and the second is Earl Curly Lambeau founder of the Green Bay Packers. The last photo is of the Lambeau Field clock which is set to Lombardi time which is 15 minutes fast.

I also took a few photos of the party houses located across the street from Lambeau Field. I would imagine things get a little wild on game day.

 

We were up early so we could get a good parking space at Lambeau Field for the shareholders meeting. Turns our we were up a little too early and were one of the first to arrive. No problem finding a parking spot. Folks started gathering in the atrium to buy products that were only available to shareholders. During the first part of the day only shareholders were allowed into Lambeau Field. Later in the day the public was allow in. Several years ago Lambeau was closed to the public the entire day and it was a PR disaster. Folks arrived with their kids and couldn’t get into Lambeau. Lots of disappointed folks.

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The tribe was out in all of it’s glory.

 

Not a huge crowd and it was very hot out. We managed to find a place that was in the shade but as the meeting dragged on our shade dissapeared.

Last seasons highlights played while we were waiting for things to get started. That only took about 5 minutes.

Mark Murphy, President and CEO on the left.

Brian Gutekunst, General Manager, speaking to the crowd.

It appeared that most of the discussion was about changes to the physical facilities and the economic well being of the team.

After touring the stadium we grabbed a bite to eat at the 1919 Kitchen and Tap before heading over to tour the Hall of Fame. I have to say I was a little disappointing in the new Hall of Fame. I thought the old Hall of Fame was better and much more interesting. It looks like the took a lot of space for the Packers Pro Shop. I suppose there was a lot more money to be made in the Pro Shop than in the Hall of Fame.

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Memorabilia from each of the hall of fame members.

Of course the trophy rooms.

Vince Lombardi’s Desk.G

 

My wife and I are stockholders in the Green Bay Packers so we decided to take a mini trip over to Green Bay to take in the annual shareholders meeting and check out the many changes that have been made in since our last visit. Our first item of business was to sign up for the complete stadium tour.

We were not able to enter the private boxes but our tour guide, Dave “Hawg” Hanner’s son, was our tour guide. As we exited the elevator he pointed out how the elevator operator was an expert on football and was probably the most knowledgeable person on the staff. He then asked the operator how the Chicago Bears were going to do this year. The elevator responded “Going Down”. He pointed out that a little old lady holds here weekly card games in here private box.

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Even the Packers have to wash their windows.

Outstanding views of the stadium.

While not private boxes this seating options allows for outside seating as well as inside seating.

One last view from the top on the stadium.

We were given a tour of the visitors locker room. Hanner’s described how things operated. We were told that this was Bret Farve’s last locker in Lambeau Field. It was in the visitors locker room when he returned as a Viking.

We couldn’t visit the packer locker room because it was in use. Packer players have year around access to the facilities with three meals a day included.

Entering Lambeau field through the Packer entrance.

 

The boat crew said goodby to our home for 7 days and traveled by cab to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where we said our goodbys to members of the group. Dave and Sara caught a train to France, Lisa and Jim caught a plane to Stockholm and Linda and Phil stashed their belongings at the airport and caught a bus to Keukenhof Gardens to see the tulip displays. We found out earlier that the tulip displays in the fields were gone. The Netherlands has a couple of weeks of very warm spring weather so the tulips didn’t last long. When we arrived we found that the flowers at Keukenhof were still in full bloom. I can’t say enough about the experience so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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After spending the afternoon at Keukenhof Gardens we returned to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to collect our packs. We then caught a bus that we hoped would take us to somewhere near our Airbnb. We had to walk a few blocks from the bus stop before finding it. We were just getting unpacked when someone opened the back door. It turned out it the husband of the woman who managed it. He didn’t realize we had checked in. The woman was mortified and turned out to be really nice. It was a great place to stay.

This was our last day in Delft so we were up early to have breakfast and pack our packs. We deposited our packs with the hotel before setting off to explore. We soon realized that is was too early for the stores to open with the exception of IKEA so we decided to walk to IKEA. Visiting IKEA is something we do in every country we visit. My wife has a membership so we get free coffee. On the way to IKEA we passed the East Gate of the old town.

There were a variety of birds hanging around the East Gate. An Egyptian Goose was paddling around with her young.

 

At IKEA the dining area was open but nothing else. We had some coffee and a bite to eat while waiting for the store to open. It looked like quite a few older people were using IKEA as a gathering place for morning coffee. Great deal, free coffee and friends.

 

Our next goal was to climb the tower in the New Church. We had wanted to do it earlier but I had strained my calf and didn’t think I could make it up and down the stairs. I was better, so we decided to give it a try. We walked along one of the canals on the way to the New Church. We encountered this family of Eurasian Coots feeding. We had been watching a family of Eurasian Coots on the back side of the New Church hopping the would leave the nest. When we reached the nest it was empty so we think these were the former occupants.

 

On the way to the New Church we noticed this Canta LX. It is a two seat mini car designed in the Netherlands for handicapped drivers.

Fortunately when we reached the New Church it was not too crowded. It would have been difficult to get up and down the stairs if there were a lot of people around.

 

The views of Delft were outstanding. We could see The Hague in the distance.

 

My wife doesn’t like heights and she was hanging on for dear life.

 

After hiking to the top of the tower we stopped at a cheese store to purchase some Gouda cheese to bring home. We then picked up our packs and hiked to the Central Station to catch a train to the Amsterdam Airport.

 

We arrived at our airport hotel around 3:30 in the afternoon. This was the view out our window toward the airport.

 

 

Not wanting to let any grass grow under our feet we decided to take the train from the airport into town. We had noticed the french fry stores on our earlier visits but for some reasons the crowds at them were unusually large. I had never seen a store that sold only french fries. The number of toppings available was amazing

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We wandered around town for a while taking in the sites on a beautiful afternoon.

 

I took this photo because it showed one of the strange design elements in Amsterdam buildings. The dark building in the photo leans out a bit. This is done because the only way to get furniture into the building is to hoist it up on a pulley (you can see the pulley at the top of the building).

 

After another 13 hour day we returned to our hotel in time to get a sunset over the airport.

 

We had an early flight the next morning so we skipped breakfast at the hotel and had a bite to eat at the airport after checking out bags. I was pleased with the selection.

 

 

Today we were up early again. It seems we are almost always the first ones to breakfast. Our goal for today is a short train trip to Rotterdam. I guess I hadn’t done my homework because I was very surprised to find a modern vibrant city. It is unlike any of the other cities that we visited with the possible exception of The Hague. The ultra modern central train station was opened in 2014 and in an imposing structure.

 

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Our plan was to follow Rick Steve’s walking tour of Rotterdam but as is usually the case we were lost before we had gotten very far. We ended up following Coolsingel street for quite a ways. This is a fantastic wide walking area filled with trees and surrounded by imposing modern buildings.

 

 

Our initial goal for our visit was the Open Market so we walked along Coolsingel until we reached the Koopgoot shopping area. My wife can’t stand Burger King but I love it so I managed to get my photo taken. Unfortunately it was too early for lunch.

 

We walked down into the underground shopping area before exiting by the World Trade Center.

 

We continued on to the the Rotterdam Open Market. It was not as large as the one in The Hague but it was impressive and a market that most American cities would be proud to have. Of course there was lots of cheese and vegetables.

 

Seafood was also abundant.

 

As is always the case flowers were abundant.

 

There were a few dry goods vendors.

 

If you only had one place to visit I would say this would be the area. Much of what we wanted to see could be found in this small area. At the end of the Open Market we found the Cube Houses. We waked through the area. One was open but we didn’t think we had the time to visit.

 

Just opposite the Cube Houses is Market Hall. We were impressed with the open market but even more impressed with Market Hall. The market is in the center of the building and most of the windows you see on the outside of the horseshoe are apartments. You can rent apartments for long and short stays. Doing so would put you in the center of a very vibrant area of Rotterdam.

 

The inside of the building is adorned with an 11.000 m2 of artwork by Arno Coenen. The artwork is named Hoorn des Overvloeds.  The work was made using digital 3D-techniques. Producing it required a file of 1,47 terabytes and required special servers. The digital 3D-animation was separated in 4000 pieces and then printed on perforated aluminum panels which were mounted on the ceiling inside the building.

 

The basement levels house one of the larger parking garages in Rotterdam.

 

In addition to the spectacular ceiling the market also provides a wide range of food and many restaurants.

 

A common site in Europe are the chess sets on the street.

 

Also in the same are is the public library. Just inside the door is another chess set. It had attracted a crowd to watch a game in progress. the last shot is the checkout desk. It appeared to be self checkout and self check in.

 

The first shot is of the public library and the transit station and was taken from the front of the Market Hall. It provides a good idea of how close everything is. The Blaak Transit Station sits at one end of the plaza and is between the markets, library and the Old Harbor area. The open market is in front of the public library.

 

I wondered ho folks were able to store their bikes on the second level of the storage racks. This question was answered when the young lady walked over and pulled the unit down, placed her bike on it and easily pushed it back up for storage.

I couldn’t resist having ice cream after walking past all of the food stalls inside the Market Hall. After the ice cream we walked across the street to the old harbor area. You can see how close things are. The Cube Houses are in the background of the first photo. Lots of house boats in the old harbor. It was apparently laundry day because a number of people were hanging out laundry as we walk by.

We were walking along the canals in hopes of finding the ticket office for the harbor tours. Unfortunately we ended up in a dead end and had to backtrack. In doing so we noticed a crowd gathering at the Maritime Museum which was our next stop. On the way we encountered a number of hotel and restaurant ships. The most interesting thing was the floating hot tub.

We were heading over to the open air exhibit at the Maritime Museum when we heard a band playing and noticed a large crowd outside the Museum. Ever curious I decided we should go over and find out what was going on. A ceremony was taking place similar to the one we encountered on Remembrance Day when visiting Breukelen. After the ceremony we started talking with someone and found out that it was Remembrance day for the bombing of Rotterdam by the Germans. Central Rotterdam was destroyed and the decision was made to reconstruct it as a modern city much like some American cities. We were really fortunate to be able to participate in both the Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the bombing of Rotterdam.

After the ceremony we walked through the open air section of the Museum.

 

We finally found the harbor cruise line and purchased tickets for the cruise. We had to walk under The Swan bridge to find the ticket office. The cruise was an hour and a half on a beautiful spring day. As usual we wanted to be first in line so we could get the best seats but as it turned out there were not that many people on the cruise so we had the run of the ship. The port is the busiest in Europe so there was a lot to see.

 

After the harbor cruise we walked over to a little marina to check out the sailing ships. We also encountered an Egyptian Goose sleeping on the grass.

 

 

We then walked over to Ze Hielden Koers park which offered some nice views of the Erasmus Bridge and the start of the Parade of Flags along the Boompjes Promenade.

The views of the Mass River waterfront were very nice. The island across the river was largely spared by the German bombing and provides a glimpse of what central Rotterdam would probably look like today had it not been destroyed.

 

It was getting late in the day so we decided to walk back to the Market Hall and find a restaurant for dinner. When we finished eating we did encounter a slight problem. Neither one of us typically carries money when traveling because we pay for everything using our credit card. Unfortunately the waiter failed to mention that they only take Dutch credit cards. The waiter held me hostage while my wife had to go find an ATM to get some cash. This was the second time on this trip that we had this happen to us.

 

After dinner we started working our way back to the central station. We did manage to get lost on the way back. We took what we thought might be a shortcut but it turned out not to be. We departed Rotterdam about 12 hours after starting our journey in Delft early in the morning. We found Rotterdam a refreshing change from the large number of tourists that we encountered in Amsterdam.