Today we wanted to take it easy a bit. We had only one real goal — see the I Amsterdam sign. Mission accomplished, but along the way we saw quite a bit more!
We started the day at our new favorite cafe, Vinnies Deli. While enjoying our coffee, we noticed everyone eating delicious food, so tomorrow — we will be those people. From here, we walked over to the Anne Frank house. Along the way we actually found a cracked open door which displayed a beautiful garden behind it. We actually learned about this on our canal tour yesterday. Apparently many of the more expensive apartments actually conceal large outdoor living areas behind them. Just past the secret garden, we saw a cute dog that we think either likes watching everyone go by or is just stuck because we saw the same dog yesterday in basically the same spot. When we finally got to the Anne Frank house, there was a line around the block. The line moved fast, and even if it didn’t, it was well worth the wait…and not only because we saw a sleeping baby on a bike.
From the Anne Frank house, we moved through central Amsterdam in search of short socks for Lucia. Ultimately we found some at H&M, but just when I thought we were done, she had to get some nail polish. This is when she abandoned me outside, alone, with french fries, for like 15 minutes — good bye diet. Once Lucia was done, we kept walking and found a great Indian place to get some food (which we was recommended by a woman at ANOTHER store, sissy boys — this was the first time today that lucia’s shopping benefited me ;-p ). The food was amazing. It was called Mayur Indian and it’s right near Leidseplein.
After dinner, we completed a short trip to the final destination: I Amsterdam. The sign is really cool, and is right in the middle of the Museum District (which we’ll be hitting up tomorrow). We spent a bit of time in the area walking around, and enjoying the park and then moved on towards our home base. On our way, though, we actually spotted a resaurant named Pasta E Basta! Our 5 college friends will like that one =).
Once we got back to our room, we decompressed a bit, and went out for a drink at a local bar called “Harlem.” Named for the street it’s on. Now we’re in bed, and it’s time to get some sleep. Hope you enjoy the photos, and we’ll keep you up to date with our museum visits tomorrow!