Anne Frank & Bols Booze

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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HEM Hotel Central

Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

We ended up sleeping in and not leaving the hotel until around 11:00am. We decided to just walk back to the train station instead of trying to figure out the Amsterdam trams and bus system as it looked kind of confusing with its strips and all and just took the train into central Amsterdam (as that route is covered by the rail passes). We started out by going to the Anne Frank house and James got us lunch and icecream cones while I (Jackie) stood in line and waited...more lines, ugggh.

The museum/house had pictures and videos and explanations about how the house was used while the Frank family and the others were hiding there. Otto Frank, the only survivor after they were all found and sent to the camps, decided he never wanted the place furnished again so the pictures of the recreations of what it looked like were very neat to see and helped tremendously in imagining what it was like to live/hide in this place for so long. We weren't allowed to take any pictures inside though so thats why we haven't got any of this.

Next we made our way through the streets admiring all the buildings and the canals and we eventually got to the House of BOLS. If you don't recognize the name it's the liquer we usually use to make jolly rancher shots and such. Back at home I think we only have a few flavours like melon, banana and the blue one but apparently there are over 36 types of BOLS!! In the museum it has information screens about how BOLS was created in the 1500's, how it's survived, old ways of drinking it, and getting it out to the public when alcohol was made illegal. The next room has the full collection of KLM houses that hold BOLS and they give out on first class plane rides (a new design is created each year). After that they do sense tests with flavour strips and then they have 36 flavours of the BOLS liquer in small bottles with air pumps on each so you can smell each flavour and try to guess what they are, and then the best part is you write down your 2 favourites and later you get a shot of each! Afer that there's a short movie about BOLS Genever, their oldest recipe, then it's up to the bar! At the bar you get to print a cocktail recipe off from their BOLS recipes and then bring it up to the bar and they will make it for you and also give you the two shots you picked out earlier! Needless to say after drinking all that in the little bit of time we were there we left feeling a little tipsy, haha.

On our way back to the city centre we stumbled across the I Amsterdam sign and of course had to take pictures with it, as did about twenty to thirty other people! It was crazy, people were constantly crawling all over it. When we finished we walked back towards the city centre and through the Red Light District on our way back to the train station. It was only around 6pm and so most curtains were drawn, but the ones that weren't really should've been!

After eating at a pasta bar for supper we made our way back to the hotel by train. Walking from the train station to our hotel is pretty far, about six blocks, but hey we don't have to pay for transport at least and we're getting some excercise.
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