This morning we started with a 3 hour cruise of the canals. I knew I wanted to cruise the canals but I didn’t want to be on a large boat full of tourists, so we rented an electric boat from Boats4Rent. They gave us a map of the canal district with an idea of how much area we could cover in 3 hours. There are no places to stop and dock, so we grabbed sandwiches and drinks on the way to the pier and had a picnic onboard. The houseboats along the canals were gorgeous!
After the cruise, we toured the Anne Frank House. I had not planned our time in Amsterdam early enough to pre-reserve tickets (and I tried a month and a half prior) so we had to wait in line about 1.5 hours. It wasn’t too bad – they provided wifi in line and the weather was beautiful. Like all American kids I read The Diary of Anne Frank in school, but I wanted it to be fresh in my mind. I re-read the diary on the flight to Europe and it made my time at the Anne Frank House much more meaningful.