Enjoyed a great free tour of Amsterdam today, although it's really hard to call it a free tour when we had to pay 3€ each to make the online booking! We covered a lot of territory and learned a lot about Amsterdam, Holland and the Netherlands overall. The biggest misconception is that tulips are from the Netherlands, when in actual fact, they originated in Turkey. Secondly, there is more water around Amsterdam with all the canals then there is around Venice...so, instead of calling Amsterdam the Venice of the North, they should be calling Venice the Amsterdam of the South. Who knew?? It was a fun and interesting way to spend 3 hours. Well, except for that little insult I suffered at the hands of the tour guide. He was talking about what a great University system they have in place for foreign students, and how reasonable it is for them to attend Amsterdam to study. Then he looked right at me and said "Well, YOU wouldn't be looking to study here, but like the next generation or whatever". Hmmm...do I look THAT old? How does he know that I'm not a professional student? Or worse, do I just not look smart? Kier and I got a laugh out of that...well, more so Kier than me...
After our tour we wandered over towards the Anne Frank House, mostly to check out the length of the line
This evening we checked out the Red Light District, but being so early in the evening and well before dark (it doesn't get dark here until around 10 pm) things weren't particularly "busy" if you know what I mean. Not many of the "ladies" were advertising their wares. A little of that goes along way, so we certainly saw all that we needed before heading back to our hotel.
Tomorrow's another day...our last full day here in Amsterdam. We have nothing scheduled, so we'll just go where the wind takes us!!
A great day to be insulted!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands