City of Tulips, Windmills and Red Lights
Trip Start Sep 13, 2005
47Trip End Oct 15, 2006
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My first day I signed up for a bike tour of Amsterdam, while this would be an experience in itself, I was a bit more challenged than usual since it has been years since I've ridden a bike, never mind a bike in a bustling city street. On the tour I took a picture with a windmill (which I think is required before you can leave the country) and visited a cheese and clog factory. The cheese was yummy and wooden shoe factory looked like little elves worked there (though it was really a strange Dutchman who kept speaking to me in Cantonese).
In the evening I decided to check out the red light district with a few people I met on Busabout, the tour I signed up with the get around Europe
On my second day in Amsterdam I decided to get educated in a different way, a more socially acceptable and important way. I visited Anne Frank's House. It was an enlightening experience. It is a tour of the building Anne's Family hid it. The tour has audio commentary from Anna's father and one of the people who helped the Family in hiding. You even get to crawl past the bookcase that hid the upstairs level in which Anne hid.
When I was planning my trip of Europe I conveniently forgot about much of the history that has happened in recent years. This included the Nazi regime and the dark history of the Third Reich. My next stop in Berlin would be an in your face reminder.