"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." - Maya Angelou
Day 2 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We got up early and had a hearty breakfast at the hotel then took a train and a tram to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Our guide Martin was very good at keeping us together and letting us know how to use the public transportation. No one was ever left behind. The line to get into the museum was over a block long, but Martin ushered us into the museum through the group door. No time wasted waiting in line. We toured the museum at our own pace and had plenty of time to look at the exhibits, including Anne's diary. We viewed the actual room in which she and her family hid and watched several videos. It was a very moving experience.
Lunch was at La Place, a multi level cafeteria extravaganza unlike anything I've ever seen in our neck of the woods. The food was so fresh and flavorful, it was hard to choose. After drooling at several food stations, we each had a big bowl of pea soup and a salmon sandwich on fresh foccacia. After lunch we hit the streets and walked to the Rijksmuseum where a local guide led us to some of the highlights of the museum. He had wonderful insights into the paintings and made our visit much more meaningful than if we had visited it on our own. Afterwards we took a boat ride on some of Amsterdam's many canals. Instead of our afternoon beer break, we had some wine and watched the picturesque scenery glide by. How relaxing!
ON GETTING INSPIRED!
I had read the Diary of Anne Frank in high school and just recently read several novels about the Holocaust, but being in Anne Frank's actual living quarters and watching the videos made the holocaust even more vivid and real. It made me wonder what I would do, would I have the courage to stand up against evil. While the museum honors the memory of Anne, her family and the millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust, it's important to know that in the face of this evil there were people like Miep Gies-Santrouschitz, Victor Kugler, Corrie ten Bloom and many others who were not afraid to risk their lives to help their fellow man. These helpers are inspirational.
- Anne Frank House
- Tour of Rijksmuseum