Amsterdam - weather's like Seattle!

Trip Start May 09, 2010
Trip End May 13, 2010

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Sunday, June 6, 2010

Left Seattle Sunday evening, arrived Monday noon. We freshened up and caught the train to town. First day in Amsterdam we visited the Anne Frank house. This was a very moving experience. We couldn't take pictures inside, but I recommend it to anyone heading this way.

Next we got up close and personal with some herons, who were waiting for a local elderly man to feed them. Later, we saw him in action. Four or five herons gather at dinner time, waiting. We did a lot of walking.

Second day, after business was complete, we headed back. This time we got a 24 hr ticket for the canal cruise - hop on, hop off. This saved some walking and we were able to see a lot of the town.

Third day, one of our group returned home early, one caught a train to Brussels and two of us continued to use our canal cruise tickets. We visited the Rembrandt house where he lived, raised his son, taught artists and sold his works. Very interesting. We then decided to visit some churches. The first one was the first Protestant church in Amsterdam. It was rather plain (inside) but had some interesting history. We were told that when it was built the Catholics bought up the property all around it and built tall buildings in an attempt to hide it. It was kind of hard to find.
The second one, the Old Church (oldest church in Amsterdam) was too expensive so we just photoed the outside. This is located in the red light district - half naked women in store fronts behind us as I took my pics.
We left here and went to the New Church. It was the most interesting, although it had been turned into a Protestant church. The floor was made up of headstones. Thousands of people had been buried inside this church, although all the remains had been removed during a renovation in the 19th century.
We got back on the boat just before our ticket ran out and rode around the canals for some time. Then went shopping, stopped for pancakes and hot chocolate and headed back.
Time to pack up - leaving for home in the morning.
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Sue Sheets on

I want your job, how were the caf'es, I was there last June..............

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