|The Van Gogh Museum|
Amsterdam itself was a lot of fun - it was my first time in the city proper and I must say, it's a marvel of engineering. In almost any other region of the world (except maybe Canada, Australia and Japan), a city like Amsterdam, located a bit of a ways below sea level, would not exist without some sort of periodic natural disaster overunning it. I'd add the United States to the list, but after Katrina I think it's fair to say that they haven't gotten it right when it comes to shoreline protection.
The famous graachts and houseboats of Amsterdam's inner city - very walkable and very historic. You may recognize some of these places from movies and books :-)
|Houseboats on Prisengraacht|
|Anne Frank Museum - the lineups start at 8am|
|Centraal Station - one of the most iconic terminuses in the world|
|Leidsegraacht - very close to the world famous Leidseplein|
|Eastern end of Leidseplein - very close to the Pancake House :-)|
Of course, there's a seedy side to Amsterdam - and one that attracts a certain sort of tourist - but overall it's safe and its many historical sites and museums provide valuable learnings for all ages.
Daily Summary - 520km traveled, 3 countries visited: France, Belgium, Netherlands