Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eurotrip2011: Day 20


Our first stop on today's itinerary was the Anne Frank Museum and House. Our tickets were reserved for 9:45am and I thoroughly recommend that prospective visitors pre-book tickets as we did - the queue very quickly became frighteningly long! The museum/house was a very interesting and moving experience. With a strong personal connection to the atrocities of the Holocaust, I couldn't help but shed a tear or two while walking through this moving tribute. If anything, the experience strengthened my resolve to fight racial intolerance - something that I'm already extremely passionate about.

After the haunting and harrowing early morning experience, we headed to Pancakes Amsterdam for some much needed comfort food. I enjoyed an apple pancake topped with ginger (a great combo!) and my beloved opted for a classic - lemon and sugar. Our travel companions ordered both a sweet and savoury option.

We were handed a cute clog keyring as we left the shop (I'm a sucker for a freebie!), which inspired me to purchase some particularly crass Dutch slippers. Pretty sexy, don't you think?!?

Bellies full and tacky souvenir shopping complete, we headed to the flea market (a pretty low key affair), but not before stopping to sample a chocolate shop en route.

Next on the day's agenda was a visit to Vleminckx Sausmeesters to try their renowned fries, topped with lashings of mayo. After our patat consumption, we parted ways with our travel companions and my beloved and I spent a blissful afternoon together pottering around the city and exploring the charming cobblestone lane ways. Highlights included stumbling upon a fantastic food court... 

...the canals (oh, the canals!)...

...the beautiful tulips in the flower market...

...the free tastings at a number of cheese shops...

...and a bargain Desigual dress purchase (less than €40!).

We returned to our B&B just before dinner and headed to a nearby supermarket to pick up dips, biscuits and vegetables for dinner, to accompany the local smoked cheese we had purchased earlier in the day. At the supermarket we encountered this....ummm..."interesting" promotional poster. Sausage anyone?

A lovely low key evening followed - numerous beers were consumed, games of cards were played and the Yahtzee dice even featured.

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