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  1. How Tanzania Changed Me
    July 2016 @ 11:18 PM

    […] heading to Tanzania, I stopped for 24 hours in Amsterdam to break up the trip. Our itinerary in general included the following airports: Fort […]


  2. Rosemary McCracken
    April 2016 @ 12:36 AM

    You always hear about the number of bikes in Amsterdam, but you can’t truly appreciate it until you’ve experienced it. We almost got run over a couple of times by mistakenly walking in the bike lane. I also was amazed to see what they could carry on a bike. Furniture. Three kids. Potted plant. I saw it all.

    We did go to the Anne Frank house, and I definitely am glad I did. I loved that book since I was a kid, and I always wanted to see the house. It was bigger than I thought. I don’t think the crowds diminished the experience. It was very humbling, and yet also somewhat nauseating to see pictures from that era of people being treated like cattle. It wasn’t that long ago. It was a very moving experience. I do agree completely that you needed tickets ahead of time or you would have spent your whole day in line.

    If you ever go back in the springtime, I HIGHLY recommend Keukenhof gardens. It is an unbelievable display of tulips, daffodils and other spring flowers. It is unlike anything you have ever seen. Trust me, it is way more than just flower gardens. Tough to do on your schedule because it is somewhat out of town, but so worth it.

    I did the Van Gogh museum. Nice if you have lots of time, but the crowds here bothered me and after awhile I was sick of looking at the same type of paintings.

    As for food, Dutch pancakes were a favorite-there is a great place near the Anne Frank House. Unlike anything we have here-we tried both sweet and savory and loved them both.

    Did you see any wild parrots? True story-there are wild parrots living in Vondelpark-descendants of pet birds that were let loose.


    • ॐ KConn
      April 2016 @ 12:52 AM

      Thank you for your comments!
      If I find myself in Amsterdam again, I will give Anne Frank House a solid chance if I have ample time to commit to a reservation.
      Keukenhof gardens didn’t make it anywhere on my radar, so I’m glad you’ve added something new to my list!
      I did NOT see any wild parrots! Same colors?? I wish I did!!
      We actually went to a Pancake House, where we had interesting, thinner pancakes filled with chicken/bacon/veggies. Are these the types of pancakes you’re referring to? They were pretty interesting, haha! Also – I just looked up the one near Anne Frank House; is it The Pancake Bakery Amsterdam? I’ll add it to the food list! I always appreciate local foods…!
      The bikes were TRULY the most amazing part of Amsterdam – it’s amazing how everyone rides their bicycle, no matter the weather – social class – destination! I saw someone riding while reading a book… it was hilarious!
      I really appreciate your input… if I return to Amsterdam, I’ll take all your suggestions!


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