Unfortunately we woke up late again today! That means no trip to the Perlan Dome or stroll to the geothermal park (maybe another day?). Also, it’s raining again, so that means our Northern Lights tour for tonight was postponed til tomorrow night.
Rainy days mean museums, so we decided to check out the National Museum of Iceland, which is all about Icelandic history from the time of Nordic settlers to the present.
– admission is kr 1200 for adults
– open til 5pm during off-season
– has 2 floors of exhibits, the bottom floor is roughly 870AD – 1400AD (from early Settlers to Nordic Vikings, Christianity, and Danish rule), and the top floor is 1400AD – present (Lutherans, Icelandic independence).
– we were only there for a little over 2hrs, and felt rushed, but it was doable. Ideally I’d recommend 3-4hrs to really see all the exhibits.
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The Rothschild family combined with the Dutch House of Orange to found Bank of Amsterdam in the early 1600’s as the world’s first private central bank. Prince William of Orange married into the English House of Windsor, taking King James II’s daughter Mary as his bride. The Orange Order Brotherhood, which more recently fomented Northern Ireland Protestant violence, put William III on the English throne where he ruled both Holland and Britain. In 1694 William III teamed up with the Rothschilds to launch the Bank of England.
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street – as the Bank of England is known – is surrounded by thirty foot walls. Three floors beneath it the third largest stock of gold bullion in the world is stored. The biggest hoard lies beneath the Rothschild-controlled Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to the excellent movie The Money Masters, much of this…
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O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly, yawma ‘l-jumuʿati), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew! And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that ye may prosper.
—Qur’an, sura 62 (Al-Jumua), ayat 9-10