Dubai has its shopping festival, NewYork City has Madison and Fifth Avenues but Amsterdam was the first city I have ever visited that made me want to go shopping. The narrow cobblestone streets filled with rows of unique shops, restaurants and town homes seemed more like a village than a large city. Street after street, shop after shop, there were exciting new discoveries around every corner.
I had read the book as a young girl and highly recommend reading it, or re-reading it before your visit. Stepping behind the bookcase that swiveled open to reveal the doorway and narrow stairway to Anne’s hiding place was chilling. From that point in tour there is a palpable sorrow that is still felt in the house even today.
After the tour I met up with my group and we had our series of meetings at the Hotel Pulitzer. The next day I joined one of the locals from the meeting and walked down the street to wonderful little restaurant for a glass of fresh mint tea and some pumpkin soup. From there we walked past one cute little shop after another. Each little shop and little restaurant had their own unique reason to stop by and visit for awhile.
Amsterdam claims approximately 6 million bikes in the town. I watched grandmothers, parents with children in bike seats, and girls riding side saddle on the bikerack on the back of their friends bikes talking as though there was no peril in this proposition. All of them without a single bike helmet, even on the kids.
With a few more days in Amsterdam I would have loved to visit the Rikjmuseum where they display paintings from the Dutch Masters. Amsterdam is a city that you want to savor like that pumpkin soup; in a relaxed pace with a friend.
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* This trip to Amsterdam was sponsored by SpilGames