By Michael Aaron Rockland
An American Diplomat in Franco Spain is stuffed with Michael Aaron Rockland's reports as a cultural attache on the usa embassy in Madrid, Spain within the Sixties. He captures episodes of historic and cultural value as he is going approximately doing his country's company. a few of his tales are particularly poignant whereas others are rather fun. He stocks together with his readers how he shunned shaking Francisco Franco's hand, how he spent an afternoon with Martin Luther King in Madrid, how his son used to be chosen to be within the motion picture Dr. Zhivago, how he got here to grasp numerous Kennedys, together with Senator Edward Kennedy, Pat Lawford Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy, and the way the U.S. by chance dropped 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs on Spain. all through those tales, Rockland explains Spanish tradition, prior and current, along with his stories related to bull battling, being a Jew in a truly Catholic Spain, his love affair with Spanish nutrients, and what's misplaced in translation.
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Museum Quarter A M S T E R D A M A T A G L A N C E Café Dulac The interior of this quirky grand café, situated on Haarlemmerstraat, mixes Art Deco style with Gothic-kitsch fixtures and fittings. Nieuwe Zijde In De Wildeman There are more than 80 beers from around the world on offer at this modern proeflokaal (see p48). Oude Zijde Plantage De Jaren Popular with students, this trendy two-storey café has a superb view of the Amstel and a wide selection of newspapers. Eastern Canal Ring ’t Doktertje This is the ultimate brown café, steeped in cobwebs and atmosphere.
Dockworker Statue The statue (see p53) by Mari Andriessen commemorates the February 1941 protest by dockers and transport workers against the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. The Deportation of Jews Pamphlets were distributed by the Resistance vilifying those who stood by and let the Nazis round up the Jews. 1939 Outbreak of World 1930 Population 750,000. 1944 D-Day War II. The Netherlands chooses neutrality 1942 Deportation Unemployment worsens. Work on public project of Amsterdamse Bos begins 1935 Work parties sent to Germany 1930 1935 of Jews begins 1940 Landings.
The pattern, however, is broadly seasonal. Visit the city in spring to enjoy the driest weather of the year. The heaviest rainfall occurs in autumn, reaching a peak in the windy and wet month of November. are normally closed to the public. Car-Free Sunday Temperatures drop quickly at the end of August, but the cultural heat is maintained with the diary of music, dance, opera and drama promoted in the Uitmarkt (see p51). The Autumn is also a busy time for more sporting types. There is a range of spectator sports to watch, and it is a good time of year to enjoy brisk walks in one of the city’s many parks or along the Amstel.