Amsterdam: Canal Cruise

After visiting the Museum Van Loon and eating at the Village Bagels, it was only 1:30 or so. Regardless, we were pretty tired from all of the walking so we decided to go on a canal cruise (included in the purchase of the Iamsterdam card). Every shot in this post was taken from within the canal boat.
_DSC0212When we went on our canal cruise, there were only two other groups on board with us so we had the boat to ourselves essentially. The tour guide pointed out the occasional landmark and there was an audio tour that would come on every once in awhile describing certain landmarks in detail.
_DSC0221One of the first things we saw/that was pointed out to us were some kids smoking pot. The tour guide gave his own opinion on that – “And here on the right we have some kids smoking pot in the park. At least they aren’t drinking. That causes many other problems.”_DSC0224 _DSC0232At one point, we passed the Anne Frank house and there was a line stretching from the door, down the street, and over a canal bridge. I remember reading her diary in high school and I thought it was quite interesting. Unfortunately, admission wasn’t included with the purchase of the Iamsterdam card and we didn’t think it was worth waiting in a line that’s as long as the one for Space Mountain.

The bell tower in the picture below was one that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary. Her home was just down the street from it and she would often describe the ringing. 
_DSC0264 _DSC0291Below, is the oldest building in Amsterdam – built in 1590. If you notice the hooks on the ends of the beams at the top of the buildings in the photo below, that was apparently used to lift supplies and goods to the top floor so as to avoid damage from floods. Interestingly enough, many of the modern buildings are still built with these beams and hooks at the top.
_DSC0306People kept on waving at us as we passed them in the boat. At one point, I decided to be stupid/funny. With a completely serious look on my face, I did the Queen wave to a bunch of people that were eating at the Hard Rock Cafe. I heard a large peal of laughter as we passed.
Below is the largest floating pagoda restaurant in Europe. According to the tour guide, the higher up you go in the restaurant, the more expensive it is. It has enough seating for 500 people. 
_DSC0331The city has decided not to issue any more mooring permits which meaning that the price of the current moorings and boats has gone up quite a bit. According to the tour guide, the cost of the mooring alone is 750,000 Euros on average while the boat itself is only 250,000 Euros.
_DSC0343 _DSC0355 _DSC0368 _DSC0378 _DSC0379After this canal cruise (that lasted 75 minutes), we went back to the apartment to shower and take a break. We then visited another bagel place called Bagel & Beans…which took a painfully long time to find…I had a tuna melt. Walter had a BLT.

Next on our list of places to visit was the zoo and the attendant there was nice enough to inform us that a mere hour was not enough time to walk through the entire place before it closed. Moving on, we walked to the Maritime Museum and realized that it closed in 15 minutes. After a quick review of our list, we found that the Rembrandt Museum was open a bit later. So, we ran over there. And the next post will be about – you guessed it – our visit to the Rembrandt Museum.


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