The main item on the agenda for day 2 was visiting Anne Frank’s house. We had heard from people and read that the line to get in gets crazy as the day goes on! I read anywhere from 2 to 3 plus hours! For my sister and I, it was very important that we visit Anne Frank’s house (my parents had been years ago), as it is such an important part of history. This meant getting up really early so we could get in line before it got too busy!
We all ate a quick breakfast across the street from the hotel and then took the tram to the Anne Frank Museum. We joined the line about an hour before the museum opened. The line was pretty long considering it was not even open yet. We queued for about an hour before we entered. If you are in the area I would definitely make an effort to go see the museum. I feel I gained a better insight of what Anne Frank, and the others she lived with, felt while walking through the rooms. I understand truly how quiet they had to be as well as how cramped they were while living there. It is hard to put into words exactly what you feel while you are there – obviously great sadness and sorrow but many other emotions also creep in.
Once we left Anne Frank’s museum we grabbed a quick coffee and snack and then made our way to the Westerkerk Tower. It is only about a 2 minute walk from the Anne Frank Museum. This is a church bell tower that you can climb up that gives you amazing views of Amsterdam. This was one of my favourite things we did in Amsterdam. They only allow 6 people on each tour and I think it is because you are climbing up the thinnest steepest stairs you can imagine. It was more like climbing up ladders, especially, the closer you got to the top!
When we made it to the top we were rewarded with 360 degree views of Amsterdam. I believe it is one of the tallest buildings in Amsterdam so the views are spectacular.
We stopped at the Homomonument on the way to lunch.
We had lunch at The Seafood Bar and I highly recommend the fish & chips!
Right after lunch we stayed in the area to visit the Begijnhof (Courtyard). Inside this courtyard is the oldest (wooden) house in the city, the English Reformed Church and the Clandestine Church. From there we wandered over to the Blocemenmarkt and then to find the bench from the Movie “A Fault in the Stars”.
In the late afternoon we took a canal boat ride through the city.
We made one last stop before heading back to the hotel before dinner and it was Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder. In English this means Museum Our Lord in the Attic. This is a canal house that houses a secret Catholic church in the attic. It dates back to 1663 when Catholics were no longer allowed to worship as the pleased.
That night we walked over to the Sea Palace to check it out for dinner, as well as the sunset. However, it was closed so we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant that was not far from our hotel. After that we were off to bed!
Lots of Love,
Amsterdam is a place I’d never visited before but it was definitely on my list of places I wanted to go. I loved the tall different multi-colored buildings that line the canals that you would see in pictures. Did you know that Amsterdam use to have a tax on the width of peoples house? That is why you see the tall skinny house – people built up instead out out! I had also read about visiting Anne Frank’s house and how everyone cycles everywhere (even that there are more bikes than people!). And who could forget the red light district and ‘Coffee Shops’. When I was back home in England my family and I decided to visit for a quick city break over the Easter holidays. The plane ride was only an hour and after visiting for the 4 days it has quickly become one of my favourite European cities.
Our flight arrived early in the morning and after touching down we took the train into the city center. Luckily our hotel was right across from the train station so we did not have to go far. We checked in and checked out our very tiny rooms (they were still great). My sister and I shared a room and noticed after unpacking that our room had a very slight tilt to it (if you put anything on the side table/dresser and it was round in any way it would roll right off!).
The next few hours we meandered around the city taking in the sites, sounds and smells (when you passed a ‘coffee house’). The first stop was the Waag which is Amsterdam’s oldest surviving gatehouse as well as Oude Kerk. On the way there we also had to walk through the red light district. This was definitely an interesting experience.
After a quick lunch we decided to take the train/tram over the the Jewish Historical Museum. Right when we got done looking around we realized that there was an Amy Winehouse exhibition taking place (until 4th September) so we walked around it. From there we were all so tired that we decided to make our way back to the hotel and rest before venturing out for dinner. Dinner was at a little restaurant just off Rembrandtplein.
After dinner we stopped to see the statue of Rembrandt and the sculptures of the Night Watch. Rembrandt’s statue is Amsterdam’s oldest surviving statue and the night watch sculptures were part of a celebration for the artists 400th birthday. They are meant to be a representation of one of his most famous paintings Night Watch.
We made our way slowly back to the hotel, walking again through the red light district which was now just coming alive, stopping at one last place – Sweetella!
After a very filling dessert it was bed time!
Make sure to stop by for day 2!
Lots of Love,
I hope you are having a nice week so far. I was looking through some of my old pictures and found these. These are a throwback from when I went home in February/March earlier this year. I love going over the Headley Heath for walks and sometimes even horse rides. The views are really pretty and there are lots of good trees to climb in between dodging the cows that roam about. My sister and I would go over here daily to walk Leo and it was so refreshing to be outside for those few hours.
Lots of Love,