Anthem #55: Netherlands

The Peace Palace in The Hague is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen!! The money that was used to make the Palace was donated by Alfred Carnegie!!! Which is funny because Capri sang at Carnegie Hall!!!! Most of the building's parts were donated by countries. For example, a massive vase in one of the hallways was donated by Russia and the gate at the front was donated by Germany. 

Inside the Palace, there is a court of justice which deals with affairs from countries around the world. It is called "The International Court of Justice". There are 15 judges that are elected for 9 year terms by the UN. The judges switch out by fives so there are always 10 judges left after they switch. We think that singing the national anthem in front of the International Peace Palace was a great symbol of world peace!!! (Anthem singing below)

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Bye!!!

Bowen

Blue Jays Anthem Singer and Germany

For those of you who do not already know, we have some amazing news about our last stop: Capri is singing the American and Canadian national anthems at a Blue Jays Friday night game on August 26th.!! If you want to buy discount tickets, click the link below!!!

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In Germany, we went to the city of Munich. We sang the anthem in a very famous spot there: the Rathus-Glockenspiel which is located inside the Marienplatz., a very famous square.  Everyday at 11 am it chimes and shows two stories with life-sized, toy figures acting it out. The first story is about a festival honoring the prince and his wife. In it, two life-sized knights on horseback joust. The second story is about how, in 1517, there was a plague in Germany and a group of dancers called "the coopers" are said to have danced the streets to "bring fresh vitality to fearful dispositions." At the end of the spectacle, a golden rooster at the top of the clock chirps quietly three times and that's the end of the show. I think that it is pretty impressive that something that was build in 1908 only operated by clock work could make two performances so amazing!!

A big TV station in Munich came to film the event and you can click below to see the segment that they did on our journey:

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Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #51: Switzerland

It takes a lot to describe the beautiful landscape of Switzerland, but while I was on the train I wrote this poem:

Large hills sloping over the landscape, high rocky mountains with speckles of green.
Ice cold lakes and huge valleys with small houses scattered about.
Criss-crossing high waterfalls pouring out of mountains, streaming from the black rocks capped with white snow pooling at the base and nourishing massive farmlands with tiny shacks at the side.

Switzerland was a quick one so I will give you some facts in the video blog below:

Now for the anthem singing!!!

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Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #50: Vatican City

I am going to tell you a little about the Vatican: it is the smallest country in the world at no more than 0.44 sq km and the Pope lives there with his staff, a few Cardinals and the Swiss Guard. It is also one of the richest countries in the world and it is a walled country within the city of Rome. It has its own coins and police, but it is protected by the Italian army.

In the Vatican, we visited St. Peter's Square with the amazing view of St. Peter's Basilica. Did you know that the dome on St.Peter's basilica was designed by Michelangelo! Capri sang the anthem right in the middle of it!!!

We also visited the Vatican Treasury inside the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Here is a picture of the incredible murals on the ceiling of the Museum:

The treasury also has a very long history, but first let's start with the Sistine Chapel: the Sistine Chapel is most well known for its beautiful ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Originally known as the Chapel Magna, the chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. During the reign of Sixtus IV, a group of Renaissance painters created a series of paintings that depict the life of Moses and the life of Christ. These paintings are hung on the sides of the Sistine Chapel. (Don't get confused though, as Michelangelo was hired to paint just the ceiling, not the walls as the other Renaissance painters did those).  The Sistine Chapel is now 500 years old and it still looks beautiful. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the Chapel as it is a holy place, so I cannot show you what we saw there. Here is a picture of me beside some of the Vatican treasures:

Michelangelo was born in Caprese on the 6th of March 1475. Today Caprese is sometimes called Caprese Michelangelo. For quite a while Michelangelos' family were small time bankers in Florence. But when the bank failed, his father, Leonardo Buonarroti, took a government job back in Caprese. When Michelangelo was young, he was sent to study grammar, but Michaelangelo had no interest in schooling as he preferred to copy painting from churches and other buildings. At the time, it was the peak of the Renaissance and the architect Filippo Brunelleschi had just created 2 churches: San Lorenzo and Santo Spiritu. The sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti had labored for 50 years to create the bronze doors of the Baptistry, which MIchelangelo was to describe as "The Gates of Paradise".

That's my brief history of the Vatican. Hope you enjoyed it. Here is the anthem video below:

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Bye!!!

Bowen