No pictures are allowed, but the place is impressive both for the ingenuity of deception (a hinged book case hid access to the rear rooms in what was a commercial building) and its size. Indeed, the living quarters were small and cramped when other families were added to the Franks, but I had a preconceived image of much, much tighter quarters. The place is definitely worth seeing in spite of the fact that there is no furniture. After the Nazis discovered the family, they cleared the place, and Otto Frank, the only survivor, insisted that the house remain in the stark condition after the families' discovery. The tour also features some interviews and film clips that explain and enhance the whole experience.
|Anne Frank house in center|
|National Monument, an obelisk dedicated to peace|
|Madam Tussaud gets around, if you'll pardon the expression|
We then headed out past the New Church and came flush into the Magna Plaza Shopping Center, an opulent building dating back to the 1880s. There, in front, was a message to me, but I refused to take the insult, still a picture was necessary.
|Magna Plaza Shopping Mall|
|should I have been insulted?|
We gradually walked back to our hotel and took in many of the gorgeous canals; I went ape taking a thousand pictures. I'm not sure about the names of the different canals, so I will make some uneducated guesses below.
|my newest friend|
|one of many grand houses|
|small boathouse-restaurant near Vondel lake|