The World Class Traveler

The World Class Traveler

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Final Day In Amsterdam

My last day of this 45 day European tour ends in Amsterdam, the Dutch Capitol City of the Kingdom of the Netherlands!
Today I am left to explore for the day on my own.  The tour bus brought us to the city center near the home of Ann Frank.  As I walked into the house I could feel the presence of the extraordinary courage and bravery this family had.  Making my way through the different rooms, going up and down narrow stairs, watching videos, looking at memorabilia, I felt as though I was right there with Ann Frank as she was keeping her diary back when the Holocaust was going on.
Unfortunately, there are no pictures to share due to the fact that you are not allowed to take pictures inside the house.
I had looked forward to this part of the trip as a whole.  And now the time had finally come, wow what an experience that I will always remember.

After the tour I decided to wander around with no plans in mind. I just love the architecture of this country!  
Used by 260,000 passengers a day, I came across the second-busiest railway station in the country. 

Centraal Station

Magna Plaza is a shopping mall, but it used to be Amsterdam's main post office!  Can you believe I didn't head on in there to do some shopping???

Magna Plaza

My exploring lead me to Dam Square where there seems to be plenty of action going on.

The National Memorial Statue was erected in memory of Dutch soldiers and members of the resistance who died in World War 2. Unveiled in 1956, the monument stores soil from all of Holland's provinces as well as from the Dutch East Indies and if you go to the back of the obelisk tower, you'll find the provinces' crests.
National Memorial Statue
If you're into still life wax figures, then you might want to check out Madame Tussaund's Wax Museum.
Madame Tussaud
The Royal Palace Amsterdam is one of three Palaces used by the Dutch Monarch.

Royal Palace
Adjacent to the Royal Palace, built in 1400 is Amsterdam Nieuwe Kerk, (New Church) a church of the highest order.
Nieuwe Kerk

The 800-year-old Oude Kerk (old church) is Amsterdam's oldest building and oldest parish church, founded ca. 1213 and consecrated in 1306.
Oude Kerk

Amsterdam has more than 60 miles of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges!

And it seems everyone likes to hang out along these narrow canals.

Well, hard to believe my 45 day European adventure has come to an end.  Thank you for coming along and I hope to see you on my next adventure!

 au revoir, adios, arrivederci, Güle güle,  Avtio, Nashledanou, Doviđenja, Auf Wiedersehen, Tsh

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Clogs and Cheese

When one goes to the Netherlands, one must find the best place to buy some wooden shoes. And Irene-Hoeve in the town of Edam is where you must go! 

We were able to see a presentation on how the clogs are made. 

And we even got to try some on!

These are some pretty big shoes to fill!

A visit to Edam is just not complete without a tasting of the cheese by the same name! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Visiting Edam

Today we arrived in the most picturesque place I have ever seen!
In the early 1900's, Edam produced and sold over 250,000 rounds of cheese each year. Although Edam is still best known for its cheese, the town is quite lovely and enjoyable for a walking tour.

The colorful streets of Edam made me feel like I was walking through the pages of a storybook.


City Hall
Edam is built around a network of canals that were once part of 18th century Edam's busy whaling port with over 30 shipyards.


And of course there are windmills!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Steins and Castles of the Rhine Valley

Today our tour takes us to the peaceful and quaint town of St. Goar in the middle of the Rhine Valley.
We were treated to a presentation about the craft of making the famous German beer steins. 

I couldn't believe how many different types of steins there were lining the shelves!

They even had steins made from steer horns!

The choices were overwhelming, but I think I found the one I want!!
I loved strolling through the streets of St. Goar and having the largest castle on the Rhine looming high above.

Rheinfels Castle
I couldn't think of a better way to end my day then to take a late afternoon cruise on the Rhine!



After a nights stay, it was time to say good-bye to this beautiful little place, St Goar.