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Day 10 - Amsterdam

Anne Frankinhaus House, Bloemenmarkt, canal ride, exploration around the city

overcast 17 °C

We decided to go to the Anne Frankinhaus house and museum first. It's a short walk from our hotel. We get there at 9:50 am to find a long que (that's British speak for a line). 20 minutes later we're inside. The house is very plain and preserved just as it was in 1944. We got to see Anne's original diary and other memorabilia. It is a very solemn experience. Even though Megan's mom tried to get her to read the diary numerous times while growing up, it wasn't until we were in the gift shop that Megan got motivated. We are now the proud owners of an Anne Frankinhaus "only sold in the museum" diary! Great!

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From there we walked to the Bloemenmarkt. That's Dutch for the flower market. A street along the canal has floating merchants offering an extremely wide variety of flowers, bulbs and seeds. They even offer Marijuana starter kits for those who feel they have a green thumb.

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Leaving the flower market we walked south to Wagamama for lunch. We've been wanting to eat at one side London. It's a chain that serves asain noodle and rice dishes. It was actually pretty good. We left with very full bellies. The restaurant was filled with children though, making it a very loud experience. We should have just gone to McDonald's.

We headed North to a canal behind our hotel. That's where the hotel attendant recommended we catch a canal boat tour. For 7.50 Euros, we boarded a very long and narrow boat. It had a glass top with just a few windows that opened. Once the sun came out it was hot. We cruised around various canals for an hour. This tour wasn't as scenic as the one in Paris. Once you've seen one or two canals in Amsterdam, you've pretty much seen them all. Again, the boat was filled with children. We felt haunted all of a sudden....kids screaming at us, kids poking us, kids wanting to close the window when all "Uncle Mark" wanted was some fresh air, etc. We finally got off the boat an hour later wanting peace, quiet, and fool proof birth control!

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After the boat tour, we wanted to go to the Amsterdam History Museum. However we had barely more than an hour before it closed. We decided that wasn't worth it. Instead, we walked around some of the streets known for shops and eateries. Along the way we popped into a diamand and watch dealer. They carried plenty of Swiss watches including: Omega, Longines, Auduimars Piguet, Jaeger Lecoultre, Rolex, Tissot, Chopard, and Cartier. Megan browsed the diamonds while I picked out a Jaeger Lecoultre. The one I liked was about $9000. I decided to ask for it for Christmas.

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With tired feet, we headed back to the hotel for a siesta and a couple of cervesas before dinner. The race was on.....that's right, the Indy 500 in Dutch!! Wrecks are multilingual, so it didn't matter what language you speak. The entertainment is all the same.

Posted by mzimmer75 09:55 Archived in Netherlands Tagged family_travel

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I thought you might appreciate some interaction. This is a really great “trog” (travel log). It sounds as though you are having quite the adventure. I didn’t realize until today that you two were even out of IN. I totally feel you dog, about the driving. When I went to Germany, we were basically dropped off at this chapel where a priest said, “Here’s your rental car and itinerary. We’ll see you in 8 days.” Then he proceeds to point to a Ford Focus (think of the American version – now combine that with a Pacer – fugly.) I looked at the priest and was like – “Dude. I owned a BMW in Hawaii and have a VW in my driveway. I did not come to Germany to drive a Ford.” So, we set off in the Fugly Ford Focus. Everywhere we stopped, “Oh, what a cute car…” We had to teach these seminars in 8 different places in 8 days, throughout the Bavaria region. The Autoban – fabulous. Get off the Autoban – not good. You cannot drive around the block! We saw the sign for the hotel…as we drove by. It took us 2 hours to find the thing again. We kept looking for the road signs – Frankfurter Strabba (Hello – it’s Hot Dog Street!) I got “booted” for parking ON the line…and dude, you have to pay for parking BEFORE you park. That was confusing. However, it was a fantastic trip I will never forget.
Richard is a month into his “all expense paid adventure” (At Ft. Benning, GA). He really traveled light. They allowed the shirt on his back. You cannot actually see Richard, but there is a website with a couple short videos of his company. www.community.webshots.com/user/chaplain258 If you go to the site to check it out, he is in E CO – Graduation August 2007. David graduates from HS this Thursday the 31st. I have printed out your trog, and am sending it to Richard. Have a blast! The coffee in Amsterdam is fabulous, but I hear English food leaves a bit to be desired. What’s the deal with the 1664 beer?

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