Amazing experiences all around
We started the day at The Anne Frank Museum. It's not a particularly large museum but it is very powerful. We went early at 915 and it was still cramped at times inside the museum. But better than later times. We walked through the secret annex and I just cannot imagine the fear and confinement they must have felt. Watching Otto Frank talk about his daughter was heartbreaking. Overall, I left with a sense of confusement, awe, and sadness.
We then headed to Pancakes Amsterdam for brunch and some lightheartedness. I had a bacon and cheese Dutch pancake and Michelle had bacon, banana, chili pepper Dutch pancake. Super delicious and savory. The pancakes here are way thinner and lighter like almost a crepe. I definitely recommend getting Dutch pancakes at some point if you visit.
We the. Went to the Rijksmuseum which is an amazing collection of art and a beautiful museum in its own right. The library however is amazing and is a definite must see! We also got to appreciate the Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Goghs. Cool museum but definitely get the museum app on your phone and bring headphones for a cool audio tour.
We then left and headed to the Canal Cruise. Ours was mainly a tour via headset so not super interesting but it was amazing to see all the different neighborhoods and bridges and different canals. We did try to brace the cold and sat where it was not indoor and our popsicle bodies regretted it.
We left and headed for the warmth of Foodhallen which is a good hall made of different restaurant stalls and bars. Kind of like a cooler version of the Public Market. We got 3 different foods here. We had delicious bitterballens from De ballenbar. Yum. My favorite was the bouillabaisse which was slightly seafoody. We got "hot pig" from Rough Kitchen, which is pork belly and pulled pork (pulled pork was like a sweeter home version without the smiley bbq flavor). We got a truffle hot dog from Bulls and Dogs. I recommend the first 2 but the dogs I would leave. I also tried a gin and tonic with grapefruit and ginger, which was good but nothing amazing. And we also had tap beer from the bar which was pretty delicious. It was a great way to unwind and relax after a walking day and week of touristy vacation. (They also were spinning some 11990/2000 jams so I really couldn't complain)
Pics to come. Too lazy right now to upload!