Monday, May 4, 2009

Holocaust history, feral felines, and passive prostitutes

We got an early start this morning to make it to the Anne Frank house before there was a line. We got there shortly after it opened but still had to wait about 30 minutes to get in. We both agreed that it was worth the wait. It was incredible to see the bookshelf that hid the doorway to their hiding place, and difficult to imaging the Nazis roaming the streets below that are now filled with cafes and bicycles.

We spent the next few hours wandering around the city and Vondelpark, the large park in the middle of the city. Relaxing in the sunshine on a park bench, reading our city guide, we were thrilled to discover that there was a houseboat devoted to the care of feral cats within walking distance! The literal description did not was indeed a houseboat full of feral cats, mean ones - they hit!

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a pleasant stroll through the Red Light District, where we discovered a few "ladies of the night" indifferently offering their services. We finished off the evening with cappuccinos and a chocolate-covered waffle with whipped cream and strawberries...we'd been walking all day so lay off!

Tomorrow - Bruges

Mandi and Bekky

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