We woke up on day two (Sept. 14) of our trip in Amsterdam and went out for a "traditional Dutch breakfast" - basically eggs, toast and bacon. Sealed the deal we are not fans of the Dutch cuisine.
Then we went to the Anne Frank House for our tour. My good friend Carrie recommended we get tickets online so we could skip the line and walked right in. Cameras weren't allowed inside of the museum but it was really an amazing experience. Like most young girls I read The Diary Of Anne Frank growing up so it was pretty surreal being in the attic she lived in. Everything was in its original places and it was a very moving experience.
sign at the door
The attic where Anne Frank lived
After the Anne Frank House we moved onto some lighter things on our Amsterdam to-do list:
We went to find the "I am sterdam" letters in front of the Rijksmuseum...
Went and walked around the flower market...
Tried pickled herring and as you can tell from the picture it was awful! We figured we should at least try it since it was another Dutch food - but again sealed the deal Dutch food is not good.
the pickled herring stand Rick Steves recommended
picked herring = yuck!
Did a canal cruise (interesting fact there are more canals in Amsterdam then there are in Venice) and it was a great way to see the beautiful city.
And something that was very high on my list - riding bikes around the city! I felt so European and tried to blend in with the locals. They even have special bike stop lights for the bike lanes.
off we go on our bikes!
riding along the canals
biking through the park
they have special bike lanes with their own stoplights
And lots of coffee to keep us going
coffee #2 (look how tiny it is)
Indonesian food + Belgium beer = happy travelers
After dinner the last thing we had to do on our Amsterdam list was check out the Red Light District. It was needless to say very interesting. We felt safe the whole time, there were lots of police officers and it was mainly tourists like us not there to "shop" but just check out the area and see what it was all about. And as as you would expect, everything is just right there in the open - the ladies just stand there in their "shop window" waiting for "customers."
After our Red Light walk we kept walking around the city and took some night pictures of the lovely city. We had a great couple of days in Amsterdam and are so glad we added it onto our trip! Next stop - Venice!
goodbye Amsterdam - may we meet again!