Day 7: Thursday, September 14

Sloshing Through Amsterdam

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Ah, Amsterdam… where old umbrellas come to die

Knowing well in advance that there was going to be extremely heavy and unrelenting rainfall in the city today, we planned a (more or less) indoor, museum-type of day. With this in mind, our first stop was…

The Anne Frank House

Many years ago I read “The Diary of Anne Frank”, as so many have, and could not help feeling extremely moved and inspired by the book. I vowed that if I ever got to Amsterdam, a visit to the Anne Frank House would be at, or near, the top of my list.

Although it’s a very touristy thing to do (I’ve read it’s Amsterdam’s #1 tourist attraction), it’s a must-see. The demand to get in to the House is so overwhelming that you must now have a pre-booked, timed entry. The perpetual line snakes around the block at any given time of the day even though you have a pre-booked ticket.

Our timed entry was for 9:45AM. I was, in a way, kind of dreading the visit only because of the disrespectful way large groups of people can act when they enter a place that commands respect. What a shock – although there were literally a stream of a few hundred people filing through, there was total, absolute silence from everyone – no ringing cell phones, no text arrival messages, no loud or raised voices, no laughter, no selfies – just silence and solemnity. It was a very sobering experience.

Photography is strictly forbidden in the Anne Frank House, so there’s no photos to post except for this one outside of the House:

Anne Frank, 1929-1945

After spending about an hour and a half at the Anne Frank House, we took a break…

A coffee break after visiting the Anne Frank House

…Then on to The Rijksmuseum

Again, we had a pre-booked, timed entry ticket for this high-volume attraction. While the rain continued to pour outside, we enjoyed some amazing architecture and art inside the Rijksmuseum.

“Militia Company of District VIII under the Command of Captain Roelef Bicker”, by Bartholomeus van der Heist (1613-1670)
“The Night Watch” by Rembrandt
The Rijksmuseum Research Library. This is the largest public art history research library in the Netherlands.
And… the obligatory gift shop shot
The “I amsterdam” sign outside the Rijksmuseum
Greetings!

Back To The Hotel, Please…

You know it’s a very wet day when we’re forced to take the tram system back to the hotel instead of walking. This is what the interior of the Amsterdam trams look like. Not terribly different from our TTC streetcars:

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One last shot of the day:

Soggy view from our hotel window

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