Saturday, July 4.
Caught Metro into town, jumped on the bus, and headed to Gasson, the diamond merchants. Not to buy, but to see how diamonds are actually cut. What a laborious process. On average it takes two days to work a rough diamond into the finished article. A normal brilliant diamond has fifty seven facets. This company is now able to cut a stone with one hundred and twenty one facets. They have a patent on the process. Produces a superb stone. Unfortunately no photos were allowed. Did grab this one outside though.
Must be doing well as someone else drove of in a Maserati of the same colour while we were there.
Spent another four hours there and jumped on a boat for a two hour cruise of the canals. Given that all but one are man made , it actually being a river around a kilometre wide, they are amazing. There are four main canals running parallel to each other in a semi circle around the main town centre, and then interconnecting canals, and yes there are near ones and far ones.
Following our boating experience we boarded a tram and headed for the Zoo. Saturday’s it does not close until sunset, around 10.18 pm. Makes for a very long day. A great deal of the exhibits you are able to walk through, obviously lions and the like are not included. Great variety of displays, however some of them are a little tired. In their defence they are in the middle of a massive rebuilding program. Some of the buildings are world heritage so changes are very slow. There is a row of original houses fronting the canal which are quite cute.