We had BEAUTIFUL weather on Sunday! We took advantage of this by going to several markets in the historical part of Amsterdam! These were full of old antiques that I feel truly say a lot about a city's history. I wish I had enough room in my suitcase to bring home all of the things I am finding! One of my favorite markets was in Rembrandt square. This square had a large memorial in the middle for the historical artist Rembrandt. Surrounding the monument were lots of artists painting and selling their gorgeous artwork.
After our third market we started heading to the Anne Frank house. It was amazing getting to see the house I have read so much about growing up. When you get to finally see what you have been learning so much about, you truly make a connection with the history that happened there I. We sat outside the house and ate our lunch on the Canal! It was so pretty outside, and a lot of boats were out on the canals. It was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy my time where so much history has happened!
After seeing the Anne Frank house, we all split up and I went back to a market with a friend. Jess and I found some great crafts and met some new friends. We later went to the docks and had dinner on the water at a nice restaurant with a gorgeous view!! Being on the water at sunset with the canals full of boats was such a relaxing and scenic dinner. We tried bitterballen and Dutch fries, both recommended by locals at this diner! The bitterballen was suprisingly delicious. It was like gravy deep fried, quite tasty! Apparently Dutch use peanut oil for their fries and there is a special sauce they put on top; the fries didn't taste much different ,although the sauce was yummy!
After dinner we went on a canal tour. The canal tour was an hour long and went through all the different canals in Amsterdam. We also learned some interesting things about the city. For example, if you have ever been to Amsterdam, you know the houses are narrow and the spiral stairs are steep! This means moving would be a pain, but instead they put levers at the top of every house so you can move things in and out through windows. Most of the houses had double-wide windows for this reason. We also went through one of the mail canals which was built to help with trading, but by the time it was complete, it was already too narrow for boats to pass through. The canals were packed wth boats on the holiday weekend and I was amazed how well the captain of the boat monikered through such tiny canals! We took the canal ride after dark and finally got to see the city after dark. It was so pretty to see it all lit up! We went back to the house after our canal ride and a long day of walking!