Saturday, May 24, 2014

Amsterdam Part 2

On our third day in Amsterdam, we woke up early and walked over to the Jordaan neighborhood in hopes of avoiding a long queue at the Anne Frank House. Unfortunately, everyone else visiting that weekend had the same idea as us.

An hour and a half later, we finally made it in. The wait was definitely worth it, though. It was incredible to see all of the hiding places inside the building and to learn how the Frank family managed to keep quiet day in and day out.

As we were leaving, we were greeted by several local news crews and journalists outside of the main entrance who were waiting for the Chinese President to arrive. Turns out, he (along with Obama) was in town for the Nuclear Security Summit. The Chinese president requested to see the Anne Frank House and Obama requested to see the Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum. Needless to say, there was a lot going on that weekend!

Next, we had to try one of Amsterdam's delicacies, Dutch pancakes. Yum! So we walked a few blocks down the street from the Anne Frank house to a place called the The Pancake Bakery.

There were so many choices! We ended up getting one savory and one sweet and switched plates halfway through.

After a very satisfying meal, we explored more of the Jordaan neighborhood. This area was, by far, my favorite and definitely where I would want to live if I ever had an opportunity to move there. Tons of charming canals, quiet streets, unique architecture, and lots of bikes. 


After we had crossed every canal, admired every picturesque view, and strolled through every block in the Jordaan, we made our way back to our apartment.

We ended the night at a highly recommended jazzy-blues club, where we treated ourselves to dancing, Heineken for Jason, and whiskey gingers for me!

The next morning, we had a few hours before heading to the airport so we walked over to the Jordaan one last time. We found a cafe serving lunch on a canal boat.

After a relaxing lunch in the sun, we hurried over to central station to catch our train to the airport. Until next time, Amsterdam!

1 comment :

  1. Lane, You do such a wonderful job telling your stories with words and pictures. I feel like I might have been right there. I am so happy that you guys are getting the opportunity to see all these places. I love you guys!