Well, today we had some free time in the beautiful city of Rotterdam and decided to do a little exploring. We saw some [closed] museums, coffee shops, and even some bicycles. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the day was when we stumbled upon the Rotterdam Walk of Fame, an institution we had no prior knowledge of. Keeping in similar fashion to the fame walk found in Hollywood, the Rotterdam Walk of Fame has its stars place their hands in the cement, forever marking their presence and influence within the sidewalk. There must have been hundreds of handprints. We braced ourselves and began walking.
One of the first markings that really took our breath away was this one from Ray Charles. What a graceful signature he had! We matched hands with his imprint and recounted all of the amazing music he made with it.
A few paces later we found ourselves looking at the cast of the man in black, Johnny Cash. Another hero of ours. Once again we were humbled to be looking up such hands of such a timeless icon. We collected ourselves and moved forward.
Within a few more footsteps we were greeted with the prints of one of the most influential men in American Blues, B.B King. It was quite awe-inspiring to be so close to the hands that were responsible for so much of popular music today. We took a moment of silence and then proceeded along. What legend would we stumble upon next?
OH OF COURSE!! IT'S SHREK!
After feeling a bit dismayed, we spoke with the manager at the Rotterdam Walk of Fame and were lucky enough to take a peek at the the advanced list of what legendary icons will be receiving spaces at the 2009 unveiling. Here they are:
Mr. Floppy from Unhappily Ever After
The Aflac Duck
Big Mouth Billy Bass