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Amsterdam, Days 1 and 2

Day 1 - We arrived in Amsterdam at about 7:30 am and managed to get to our hotel by about 10 am. We took a train and then a tram from the airport, in the pouring rain. The hotel stored our luggage while we went out to explore, in the pouring rain. We had purchased Hop on Hop off bus tickets so we decided to ride the bus route and get ourselves oriented. It was not that successful as the windows kept fogging up from the rain and we kept falling asleep due to, our jet lag. Back at the hotel we grabbed a 45 min.nap and then did some more exploring.

Our first beer in Amsterdam


Our hotel is really lovely and close to everything, only about 05 min. from Dam Square.


More of Dam Square


Today we took a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter which was very interesting and quite moving. The tour culminated at the location where Ann Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for 2 and 1/2 years. The line up for tickets to see Ann's house was at least 2 hrs long so we decided to pass on trying to see that today. After the walking tour we took a canal tour which was lovely, very relaxing as we glided by several of the canal districts.

The painter Rembrandt lived here in the Jewish Quarter for a period of time. The house with the green door and red shutters was his.


A Holocaust memorial to the 95,000 Jews who were sent from Amsterdam to German camps in WW II


The house where Ann Frank was imprisoned


These brass plaques were placed here by a German artist to memorialize Jewish citizens who were relocated from this location to German camps. We saw them at various locations in the Jewish Quarter


On the canal tour



Tomorrow we are off on another tour with an early start so I will post this and get to bed!

Posted by linfays 15:35

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Falling asleep in a public place whilst trying to get over jetlag... sounds familiar. (I once made Bill go to a concert in London the afternoon we landed there and we both promptly fell sound asleep.)

And as usual, you have a packed agenda! What fun!

This new website works very well. I signed up for notifications et voila... it worked!! YAY!

by Cathy N.

Do get your tickets a day or two ahead for the Anne Frank House, it really is worth seeing and has a very thought provoking room/centre at the end asking great questions for you to ponder.
We stayed at the Rokin Hotel really close to Dam Square too - great location. Amsterdam can be fun!

by Deanna

Sounds like an interesting day! Glad you took the time for a recharge! On to the next adventure!

by Colleen Roy

When we were there, the line up for the Anne Frank house was hours long, too, and we didn't get back to it - hope you get the chance!
Sounds fun fun fun...enjoy and hope the remaining days have sunny weather!

by Erin H

Keep us updated!!

by vicki southard

As usual Linda's doing a great job of keeping everyone informed. Best person to travel with!! Had a great time in Amsterdam. On to the ship tomorrow

by Avis gaudet

Sorry to hear about the rain. I sure get the falling asleep with jet lag - always fun. Looks like you're seeing some beautiful, historic sights. History is not always pretty - including our own. Looking forward to new posts from the ship.

by Diane Gregson

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