Holland 2003


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Friday, January 2, 2004: We left Kiruna early in the morning and flew to Amsterdam, with a layover in Stockholm again. First, we checked into our room at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
We walked along the canals to the Anne Frank House and passed the skinniest house in Amsterdam -- it's the tiny building to the right of the white building, and is no wider than a front door.
No photographs are allowed in the Anne Frank House, so you'll have to take our word for it that we were there. Of course, we had to pick up a copy of the diary of Anne Frank while we were leaving. We walked to the Dam and enjoyed the look of Amsterdam's canals at night.
Here is one of the busy shopping streets just off of the Dam.
Debbie was determined to have an Indonesian rijsttafel dinner, so we found a restaurant that served both Chinese and Indonesian food. We feasted on all of the delicious dishes included in a traditional rijsttafel and quenched our thirst with not-so-traditional Coca Cola Light. We then had a brisk walk through the Red Light District on the way back to our hotel.
Saturday, January 3, 2004: Early the next morning, we went out to take a canal tour, but the tours start an hour later in the winter, so we came back later.
We finally were able to go on the tour, and it was well worth the small fee. After Sweden, everything in the Netherlands seemed very inexpensive!
From the window of our tour boat, we saw the line forming at the Anne Frank House. It was much longer the night before when we were there.
This is not a very interesting photograph, but I heard either the German or Dutch translation mention that this is the home of Amsterdam's burgermeister (spelled "burgemeester" in Dutch; it means "mayor" to us Americans). I now have the word "burgermeister" on my website. It's a fun word, isn't it?
We saw many of these cute black birds with white faces, but getting a good photo of them proved elusive. This one's for you, Jill.
This is a museum called Nemo in the harbour. We didn't have time to visit, but it was highly photogenic!

After our tour, we packed up and headed back to Central Station, to take a train back to the airport.

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