Weekend in Amsterday (Day 2)

  • Day 2
  • Anne Frank's House
  • Lunch in Chinatown
  • Stop at Starbucks
  • Walk past palace, train station and Dam Square
  • Stop and smell the Tulips in the Bloom Market
  • Dinner and a comedy show (in English)
  • Cherry Vodka Shots at the ice bar

After our amazing day yesterday in Amsterdam, we walked home and went straight to bed ~ We were tired!! We also had another big day planned for day 2 in Amsterdam, so we had to get some sleep to enjoy our Saturday!!

First stop today ~ Anne Frank's House ~ Now I am sure that most of you know who Anne Frank and her family were.  Just in case, they were a Dutch family that were hidden away for 2 years in a secret annex, so as to not be persecuted by the Nazi's for being Jewish.  Eventually her family was caught and sent to the death camps.  Her Father Otto Frank was the only one to survive the camps.  To read about their life, history, and the death camps --> go here http://www.annefrank.org/en/Anne-Frank/

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I really wanted to see this piece of history, and we were not disappointed.  The museum is open daily (except some holidays so check the website for dates)  from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and longer on Saturday nights.  It is located in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from the Central Station to the museum. Trams 13, 14 and 17 and buses 170, 172 and 174 stop nearby, at the ‘Westermarkt’ stop. We walked from our flat, and it is very easy to find. There are signs in the street that the point you in the right direction!  You should also buy your tickets online so you don't have to wait in line, because there is a big line waiting to get inside.  Second, I would recommend listening to the 30 min. introduction. You are seated in a large room with other guest and they tell you the history and story of Anne Frank and her family ~ I enjoyed it a lot and we learned some really interesting details about the family. Next you can walk through the museum, there are great videos and artifacts from the family, and finally you get to climb the steep stairs, behind the secret bookcase, and see where the family lived for 2 years! Some of Anne Franks posters are still on the walls! Her orignal diary is also in the museum, and they sell replicas for any of you wanna be diary keepers!  So go and enjoy! Here is the link to buy tickets online directly from the museum! http://www.annefrank.org/en/Museum/Practical-information/Online-ticket-sales/

Its crowded, so if you can, go early in the morning!! You can also get an iPhone app about Anne Frank and the Jewish community in Amsterdam during WWII, it will lead you around town, and you can listen to commentary! it is here ~ http://www.annefrank.org/en/News/News/2012/May/App-Anne-Franks-Amsterdam/ Last no photos are allowed inside the museum, so walk slowly and just enjoy the history.

Whew that was something ~ a must see for anyone going to Amsterdam! Now we are hungry! For many of you who do not know, Amsterdam boast some of the best Asian food around! So like the locals, we decided to have some chinese food! We went to the area known as Chinatown, although this is not a real representation of the area, it is full of all types of asian food, cultures, and gifts.  You can walk here, it is right next to the Nieumarket Square, which is the traditional center square of Amsterdam, (which deserves a walk through after China Town!) One thing you should stop

Chinese Buddhist Temple, Amsterdam
Chinese Buddhist Temple, Amsterdam

and see is the Zeedijk Buddhist temple it is a beautiful building full of colors and fun place to take a photo! You can walk through the temple for free, and it is the largest Buddhist temple in all of Europe.  The temple cost 9 million guilders (4.1 million euros) to build, 6 million of which was donated by the Fo Guang Shan organization. It was completed in 2000 and dedicated in person by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. So even if you are not a Buddhist ~ it is a beautiful place to stop and see!

Sea Palace
Sea Palace

Now the hubby is getting grouchy, you see, I can go all day long, walking and looking and gazing and never get bored (or hungry) but he needs to have some food  ~ so lets Eat! Chinatown has so many places to choose from, but after walking around checking out the sites ~ I cheated and wanted to go eat somewhere else. You see the night before on our dinner boat, I saw this HUGE chinese restaurant boat out in the harbor ~ and well, I wanted to eat there! The locals told us, it was  little more expensive but the food was GOOD!!! We had 4 courses and drinks, for 2 and the bill was about 100 Euros ~ but I just had to go!  It is called the Sea Palace, and it stands 3 stories tall in the middle of Amsterdam Harbour.  The food was really really good ~ and ok I am not going to lie, the service, was OK ~ no one seemed to want to wait on us.  We requested sauce 3 times, before we received it, couldn't get any drinks, could never get a glass of water, and never even could get the final bill delivered!  However, I have to say the food was really great, and maybe they were just having an off day ~ and we were in on vacation so we were not in a hurry! If you want to check out the restaurant you can read the info and a menu here --> http://www.seapalace.nl/en Or you can stay in Chinatown and you will find some amazing Asian restaurants and places to eat! If you want some Dutch food, walk south from Chinatown to the Nieumarket Square, here you will find many great pubs and lots of  local Dutch  food!!

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