B&A’s Benelux Journal

November 4, 2016

The End of the Tour

Filed under: Uncategorized — B @ 6:00 pm

Tomorrow is the last day of our trip; we will visit Rotterdam and Delft. I am most excited about seeing the cube houses in Rotterdam. In fact, that may be the highlight of the entire trip for me.

We spent quite a lot of time in Amsterdam, and though it was bursting at the seams with things for us to do, the highs just didn’t match those of Brussels or Paris. Actually, my favorite things in Amsterdam had to do with food: a special exhibit in the Dutch Resistance Museum featuring videos of celebrity chefs preparing dishes using the food available during times of Dutch hardship during WWII; a “rice table” meal at an Indonesian place (due to the Dutch colonial past, Indonesian food is huge in Amsterdam) meaning rice and eight different dishes are brought out to share; and a tutored cheese tasting with wine.

I actually preferred touring Corrie Ten Boom’s house in Haarlem to Anne Frank’s “house” (Otto’s offices with the secret annex), which showed the other side as the Ten Boom family were the hiders rather than the hiding, and if I must include a museum on this list it would be Our Lord in the Attic, featuring this Catholic church hidden inside someone’s home from the time when Catholicism was illegal in Amsterdam. Actually, maybe the best thing in Amsterdam was where we stayed, in the most awesome hotel of all time. Our room is hidden behind a bookcase (actually a little twisted after visiting the Anne Frank museum); another room is inside this tram car!

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