This was Andy and Jill’s first trip to Europe. We selected it for a few reasons, in no particular order:
1. Most people understand and/or speak English
2. Most people would know how to pronounce our last name (it is Dutch)
3. We knew it would be easy to get around
Our first big decision was made after watching a Samantha Brown program – where to stay? We decided to rent a houseboat on the Amstel river. I would make the same decision again. We loved it. Granted, it was a bit cozy, but it was a fun experience. The boat was solidly anchored, so there was no movement at all. And, it came with a cat, who belonged to our hosts who lived in the other (bigger) side of the boat.
Amsterdam has one of the best science museums I’ve ever been to. We spent an entire day there – in part because the weather outside was miserable. I wasn’t sure when we arrived if there would be enough stuff to entertain two teens, but there was. It was a really good day. Picture was taken at the science museum – Jill enclosing herself in a gigantic bubble.
We spent the equivalent of one day in art museums – Van Gogh’s and the Rijksmuseum (sp?).
In keeping with being American tourists, we did have one meal at the Hard Rock Cafe.
We took a day trip to the Hague, and one to Delft.
Highlights – and places to check off my list:
Anne Frank house
Cafe society (No, I didn’t)
Canal cruise – relaxing and a great way to see the city
Oude Kerk – old church (it is really, really old)
Red-light district (No, I didn’t) – great people watching
Rijksmuseum – most of it was closed for renovation though
Van Gogh museum – loved it!
Delft – lovely town
Het Mauritshuis – great gift shop