Donald had a two-day trip to Amsterdam so I tagged along to keep him company on the train. I got lucky and had one sunny day.
I finally made it to the Ann Frank House. No photos were allowed inside of the house, but here is a shot of the outside. It is the taller one with the three rows of windows and the white panels. The website is very interesting, I encourage you to check it out.
Otto Frank, her father, was closely involved in setting up the museum and he refused to have any furniture in it. So the rooms do appear larger than you would have expected. It has undergone several remodels and a face lift to the front to take it back to its orginal state, but the rooms where they lived are in authentic condition. In 2007 over one million visitors went into the museum.
Since I have given you a tour of Amsterdam in a previous blog.... I decided to focus on the ever popular bicycle. There are 700,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. Each year close to 80,000 are stolen. I was intrigued with the bells and mascots on the bikes.
And one shot of the red light district at night. There were at least 30 swans in the canals in the red light district. I found it fascinating to see such a symbol of beauty in the sleazy part of town.
Just a funny note about Amsterdam.....the restaurants went non-smoking. Marijuana is still legal and can be smoked in the "coffee shops". But no alcohol, hard drugs or cigarettes. Explain that one!