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... that you hear about. They ask that people don't take photos. Most of the ladies looked sad and/or desperate. Maybe if it wasn't Saturday night. But then again most of the crowd was American tourists.
We visited a true Amsterdam coffeeshop, frequented by locals -not many tourists - The Greenhouse Coffeeshop. Quite a different experience but not uncomfortable. More uncomfortable was needing a toilet at the Grasshopper Hotel and having to go inside!!!
... factory where Anne's father had made jams and the house with a secret annex where Anne, her family and a few others lived in hiding and where Anne wrote her famous diary. Since the homes of deported Jews were stripped of all their contents during the war, the rooms of the secret annex are now empty, and Anne's father, the only family member who survived, wanted them kept that way.
So, the museum was a strange affair, as you walked around a succession of empty rooms, ...
... museum. Anne was really a very dedicated person. She wrote so neatly and edited her work so it could be published into a book. She only got half way through the editing process before they were caught. For some reason this incompletion also affected me greatly. After the museum we both needed some cheering up, so we went across the street to the Cheese Museum. It was a cheese shop with a pretty dorky cheese display downstairs where you could see old cheese making tools ...
... fifteen or so minutes and still no check. Well after almost an hour of waiting, I just add up the prices from the menu and we just leave cash on the table. I felt kinda bad, but at the same time...stop taking so damn long!! Going back to our hostel an Irish pub was having happy hour, so we stopped in for a two for one beer! Then off to bed we went. We had quite an unpleasant surprise when we walked into our room. There's this older man, sleeping in only his ...
... for the present trip. Making our way back we passed the Amsterdam tourist office and purchased our tickets for the Rijks and Van Gogh museums. We plan to get an early start on Thursday for the Van Gogh museum and Friday for the Rijks museum. We think it will take us most of the day for each of them. We also got a map of the tram system and are armed and at the ready to make our way to the locations we want to see.