Amsterdam - Day Two

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Bloemenmarkt

We woke early in the morning with the intention of visiting the Anne Frank House before too many crowds starting gathering. Along the way we stopped at the Bloemenmarkt (floating flower market), located on the Singel Canal. The market is actually a series of permanently moored barges and contain some of the most exotic and unique flowers from around the world. We probably could have spent an hour or more wandering through the market and admiring the displays of flowers and plants, not to mention enjoying the lovely scents, but we reluctantly pulled ourselves away and continued on to the Anne Frank House.

For more than two years Anne Frank, her family and family friends lived in the annex of what is now the Anne Frank House and museum, before they were betrayed and deported to various concentration camps.

Amsterdam Canal
I had read the 'Diary of Anne Frank' numerous times throughout the years and walking through the doorway to the annex behind the bookcase and just being in the same place where they hid was all so incredibly moving. Evan hadn't read her diary or known much about her story prior to our visit and he was visibly moved as well so it was definitely a highlight of our time in Amsterdam.

After purchasing a few postcards since we were unable to take photos inside the house, we headed along the Prinsengracht canal in search of lunch and found a nice, quiet sandwich shop on a side street that did just the trick. Afterwards, we headed towards the train station to meet up with the New Europe Free Walking Tour but after waiting for a while we realized that we had gotten the time wrong.

Damrak Street
Not wanting to waste the afternoon, we headed up Damrak street and decided to visit the intriguing looking Sex Museum along the way.

The museum is essentially an interesting collection of objects and displays about human sexuality throughout history. While these are interesting in and of themselves, the museum combines these artifacts with humor elements, such as the huge erect penis statues, moaning and screaming sounds coming from the speakers, and animatronic people simulating sexual acts. It was definitely an interesting few hours to say the least but we loved how open and accepting the other people visiting were, from the older couples to the younger visitors, nobody was being rude or obnoxious which was nice.  

After the museum, we spent the rest of the evening wandering the area around Dam Square and the Red Light District before returning to our hostel.

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Bloemenmarkt
Bloemenmarkt
Amsterdam Canal
Amsterdam Canal
Damrak Street
Damrak Street
Amsterdam
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