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The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs conference  in Amsterdam closed Thursday night with a Parked.com farewell party at a local townhouse owned by a company executive. An endless parade of food trays circulated among the crowd on the ground floor while caricature and portrait artists sketched attendees in a quieter lounge area upstairs.

Above: Scene from the Parked.com party on the first floor of an Amsterdam townhouse 
Thursday night.  Below: On the second floor a local artist gets ready to sketch Ammar Kubba 
(Thought Convergence) next to a portrait she had just completed of Ammar's brother Omar.

World champion livestock auctioneer Matt 
conducting the RickLatona.com live 
auction Thursday in Amsterdam, Holland.

The party was held barely an hour after the business portion of the show concluded with Rick Latona.com's live domain auction back at the show hotel - the NH Grand Krasnapolsky.  The auction, made up almost entirely of ccTLD domains, exceeded expectations by booking over $600,000 in sales. The highest prices went to DiamondRings.com (162,000 = $230,179), Houses.co.uk (43,200 = $72,429) and Job.us (25,200 = $35,179).

RickLatona.com also staged the conference itself under a licensing agreement with T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu. I think the feedback you will hear universally from show attendees is that the Latona team did an outstanding job in producing this show. It was first class in every

respect and with its previously untried ccTLD theme, it was packed with fresh faces, content and moneymaking opportunities that sent everyone home happy that they had attended. 

Many people stayed over in Amsterdam for one or more days to enjoy some of the many attractions in this historic and charming city. Diana and I went to the Rijksmuseum today (The Netherlands national museum) to admire the 17th century Dutch master paintings that are on permanent display. The museum houses a stunning Rembrandt collecting including his largest and most famous work, The Night Watch

Entering the Rijksmuseum today in Amsterdam (photos are not allowed inside).

After rhe museum visit we headed to another must see local museum - the Anne Frank House to see the rooms where the gifted teenager wrote her famous diary about the nearly two years she and seven other friends and family members hid from the Nazis in a secret upstairs annex during World War II. Being in those rooms and seeing Anne's actual diary on display is a very emotional experience for everyone who visits. The eight were eventually caught and as a result Anne's life ended tragically in a concentration camp, just a month before the Allies liberated the prisoners there. 

As depressing as man's inhumanity to man can be, there is still something very uplifting about how a single, seemingly powerless young woman, could impact millions of people around the world in a meaningful way decades after her death - and will continue to do so for many generations to come.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

We will be heading back to the U.S. Saturday and by the end of next week we will be publishing our comprehensive T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs show review article. It will feature dozens of previousy unseen photos plus our usual in-depth coverage of all conference sessions and social events. 

(Posted June 5, 2009)

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