We wake up about 9AM from a deep sleep. Since we have our WWII walk with Peter at 10AM, we get going. We did not take the breakfast package with the hotel as it was 34 Euros a morning! Carolyn felt like we could do better at one of the many coffee shops. Our clock is still off this morning and we aren’t even hungry so we get a cup of the good coffee and hot chocolate in the lobby and walk to the meeting place outside of the Anne Frank House, about 20 minutes away.
We head for the Jewish Quarter...it was not a ghetto like in some cities since some non-Jews lived in the area also. But, during the occupation the Nazis made it a ghetto and closed the area off by barricading the canal bridges.
From there we start weaving our way back to the hotel crossing several more canals. We get a nice view of the Waag, a multi torreted medieval gatehouse down one canal and the Zuiderkerk down another one.
After walking about three miles this morning, we both collapse once back in the room resting and reading for a while. We have a timed tour ticket at 4:20PM for the Anne Frank House back over where we started this morning. So we are off again. There is still a huge line of people waiting to get in so Carolyn is really glad she got our tickets on line. We walk right in. The ticket taker is a little concerned about Carolyn’s walking sticks due to the really steep stairs, but we feel we can manage . The stairs are very steep and narrow and the living spaces are small and dark. What a terrible way to spend two years. The museum is well done and we are glad we did the walking tour first and then visited the museum.
We get out and walk over to this really busy shopping area and have dinner alfresco with the natives. It has been a long day so we head back to the hotel and collapse again.