We are leaving Amsterdam today to go back to London. This morning we got up early to go to the Anne Frank House since the line was so long yesterday at 7pm we didn't go in. Today we are here before the doors open and there's still a healthy line. I enjoyed our day yesterday immensely, even better than the first day. It was good to get out of the seedier bits of the city, the area which is fun (has a similar feel to the French Quarter in New Orleans), but is full of tourists and gets tiresome. We began the day with breakfast at a cafe in a department store, then walked to the Rembrandt House. The Rembrandt House is the place he lived and worked and it has been restored to the way it was whilst he lived there. On display is the artwork of his friend and sometimes rival, Lievens, who was as talented as Rembrandt but has not achieved quite the historical success he did. Next we walked to the Hermitage Museum, but the long line put us off. Instead we had lunch at an outdoor cafe and decided to walk to the Heineken Experience. After a walk so long I was dying to sit down for a beer, we decided to skip the Heineken Experience in favor of the Van Gogh Museum, which was nearby. But not before sitting down and enjoying two very well-earned beers. The Van Gogh Museum includes about 200 of the 900 works that were in his inventory at the time of his death. Seeing them side-by-side, it enables one to see his evolution as an artist. For dinner we decided to go to the restaurant in the hotel, which is French. The food was lovely, but I have to say I was not impressed with the cheeses, which were what I really came for. Next stop, London!
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