Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

To be correct, I guess I should start with...

Day 0 - Los Angeles to Amsterdam
We left LAX at 6:40am on September 10.  After a 3 1/2 hour layover in Philadelphia (which turned into 5 hours) we arrived in Amsterdam ~ 8:30am, only 1/2 hour late (where did 1 hour go?) on September 11.  And that takes us to Day 1...

Day 1 - Amsterdam
So we successfully navigated through Schipol Airport, caught a train to Centraal Station, and boarded a tram for Leidseplein.  Turns out that we couldn't check into our hotel until 3 pm so we sat at a grand cafe, drank our first Heineken, and slept with our eyes open. 

Finally checked in ~ 2pm.  We were so happy with our hotel room!  Amsterdam American Hotel, I highly recommend it!  But it's a little pricey.
Hello Amsterdam!
  Check out the pictures below, we had a killer view.   =)

We slept until ~ 7pm then took a nice long walk to Jordaan to visit the Anne Frank House, my #1 must see in Amsterdam.  I even re-read the book in anticipation of my trip.  Do the tour!  It's a great perspective and contributes to worthwhile causes.  Amsterdam canal houses remind me of extreme versions of San Francisco Victorian houses, crazy.

Headed back to explore Leidseplein a bit.  Lots of restaurants, bars, and coffeshops, but a little dead for a Tuesday night.  We ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe for a late night dinner and then randomly bought falafel and frites for a late night snack.  Back to the hotel at 1am for an "early" night in.

The plan for tomorrow - to see as much of Amsterdam as humanly possible in 1 day!

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Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
Hello Amsterdam!
Hello Amsterdam!
Our hotel was cute - Amsterdam Ame…
Our hotel was cute - Amsterdam Am…
Fountains outside of our hotel.  T…
Fountains outside of our hotel. …
Nice try, but theres no Mr. and M…
Nice try, but there's no Mr. and …
European beds are tiny!  But at le…
European beds are tiny! But at l…
View from our outside deck overloo…
View from our outside deck overlo…
View to the left.
View to the left.
View to the right.
View to the right.
Canals right below us, very conven…
Canals right below us, very conve…
Bike paths right below us too, ver…
Bike paths right below us too, ve…
First touristy stop of the trip.
First touristy stop of the trip.
Anne Frank House.
Anne Frank House.
It was cold!
It was cold!
Anne Frank House and Museum.  View…
Anne Frank House and Museum. Vie…
Anne Frank Statue on Westermarkt.
Anne Frank Statue on Westermarkt.
I fell in love with the canals her…
I fell in love with the canals he…
Watching the sunset over Adam fro…
Watching the sunset over A'dam fr…
Amsterdam
photo by: pearcetoyou