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Weekend in Amsterdam - Part 4

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by London Schweppes (subscribe)
Domestic goddess and backyard explorer with a passion for freelance writing!
Published December 8th 2014
The city with more bicycles than people
Some pictures from our make your own pizza and pasta place from the night before. I can almost taste the salty mushrooms and olives in my mouth as I'm writing..

It was Sunday morning and another beautifully clear day in Amsterdam. We had planned a pretty relaxing final day before we had to head to the airport and the main thing on our itinerary was the Ann Frank Museum or the Ann Frank house.

For breakfast that morning, we headed to the so called red light district area, however it was very tame in the morning as you'd expect. But we knew the food here was cheap and there were a lot of options. Starting the day with a delicious, heavy breakfast at Teddy's corner, an American inspired cafe, which was a huge improvement on dinner from the night before, we were feeling pretty good.

We had noticed massive queues for the museum the previous day even as we took the very late evening canal cruise and hence had planned at least 1-2 hours in the queue which was about right - it took us nearly two hours to get in. Luckily there was free wifi for part of the queue time to keep us occupied.

Tickets to the museum was about 12 Euros per adult and it is best to travel light without bulky bags or other items because the museum tour basically takes you into Ann Frank's house and it can be quite squished and narrow especially the passages and hordes of public as well.

The museum is definitely worth the wait though; I found learning about the history of the war and the effects on an individual Jewish family so tangible and real - it felt like we were transported back to the 1940s and experienced what was written in Ann Frank's diary and more.. It was supremely interesting, captivating and about one hour later, we felt we had experienced something quite worthwhile.

A quick coffee in the museum cafe later, we had some time to wander around the city to capture some shots again before picking up our bags and heading for the airport. Once again, no pictures were allowed inside the museum, hence you'll have to take my word for it.

Overall, at the end of our trip, Amsterdam definitely ranks near the top of my favourite destinations in Europe so far so I'll be recommending it to everyone for sure.

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Why? The city with more bicycles than people!
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Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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