Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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Basilica of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic
 

We
found five things in common in every city we
visited.  Every one had a City Hall,
 a palace of some type,
 a watch tower and at least two churches; 
one Catholic and one protestant.

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The
Main Train Station in Amsterdam.  Photo was taken from our hotel room. Not
sure if the netting was to keep birds out or us in!  Interesting to see trains, buses, trams and boats all in the same photo.

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What tour of Amsterdam is complete without a canal ride.

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Looking up at these residence buildings we realized that every one had some kind of
“hook” attached at the top center.  Then we realized that they seemed to be
leaning out from the bottom.  A bit of research found that the narrow
steep stairs in these buildings required that furniture be lifted up outside
and then swing in to the apartment via the large window that was located on each
level.  The buildings actually do lean out to provide clearance for the
furniture to be lifted up.  Somewhere there must be the first building that
is straight and has no hook and no furniture that could not be carried up the stairs!  The idea had to start somewhere. 

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A typical street scene in Amsterdam. We saw many fathers walking their children.  Maybe the mothers were working?

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 A visit to the Anne Frank House is a must.  I had some apprehensions about going but was glad I did.  It is unbelievable what they went through, only to get so close to the end of the war and be ratted out to the Nazis and die in concentration camps.  Only the father survived.  Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in the house so no photos. click on this link for additional in depth info:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1269518/Want-Anne-Frank-lived-Take-virtual-tour.html

For more info about the Anne Frank House click here or just Google “Anne Frank House”

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The Dutch ruled the seas in the 17th Century.  This recreated ship was typical of that period.

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Bicycles, bicycles and more bicycles.  They far outnumber car as the main means of transportation in Amsterdam, although public transportation is easily available and well maintained.

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Decorative pavement stones are still laid.  This would be a sea of asphalt or concrete in the US. These “stones “are actually small precast concrete blocks with the spaces filled with sand.

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We attended this piano concert in the New Church.  Given by two very talented ladies.  First on a single piano and then on opposing “dueling?” pianos.

If you would like to listen to 2:48 min’s of this concert, click here.

Next stop, the Amsterdam Museum. This museum chronicles Amsterdam from the beginning up to present times.

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Beautifully carved elephant tusks but this is why 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa.  Say no to African game poaching! Do not buy anything ivory.

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There
were some “strange” pictures in this museum.

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Ever wonder where the original English measures came from.  Now you know.

We found the best part of Amsterdam was just strolling the streets and watching people or looking in store windows. You never knew what you may find.  PS:  None of this was taken in the infamous Red Light District.  Ms Skunk said ‘ No Way!” 
Warning:  Some photos may offend sensitive natures. 

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Any one
for a Rubber Ducky?

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or a
highly decorated cow?

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Care to
grow your own?
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How
about a highly decorated Rubber? (Condom to those of you under 50)

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I have
absolutely no idea what was being sold
in this store nor do I think I would want
to.

Click here to move to our second stop in Kinderdijk and its famous windmills.

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