Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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September 11th, 2007 – by: phiLLay
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.
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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