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Anne Frank House, canal boat and walking

Had a great sleep until 7am and felt like a million dollars compared to my exhausted self last night!! This hostel is huge and I found a fairly private area to do my workout before having breakfast down in the basement where I looked out onto the canal beside the hostel. I had my own food I had bought with me and then headed out around 9am.

The sky was blue and it was a lovely crisp 12 degrees outside and got up to around 20 in the afternoon . I caught the free ferry back over to Central Station which literally does every 5 minutes and is always so full of bikes and people.

I got myself very lost heading to the Anne Frank House. The architecture along the riverfront is very modern and quite different from anything I have ever seen and looked every cool. Buildings were all very unusual shapes and angles. There are bikes everywhere, trams and not really that many cars at all. There are canals everywhere off the Amstel River and in the old part of town nothing is above 4 stories high except church towers and was all built in the 16th century. The terraced houses had different shaped decorated gables and are very narrow.

I eventually asked directions and found Prinsengracht road and canal that the Anne Frank House was on. It was a pretty canal with some interesting bakeries, cheese shops and flea market that I andered through.

I had bought a ticket to the Anne Frank House online a few weeks ago for 9E for the 10.45am entry so glad I did as they were all sold out and without ticket you had to line up outside the house from 3.30pm and there were hundreds of people hoping to get in.

You were given an audio tour and could take a long as you wanted to do it. Where Anne and her family and 4 others lived for 2 years in hiding was through a secret passageway leading to an empty office space behind her fathers office. Someone eventually gave them away and they were sent to Auschwitz and out of the 8 of them only her father survived. Ann and her sister Margo died of typhus only a short time before the camp was liberated - she was just 15 years old. It was really well displayed and I am inspired to read the book again as I haven't read it since I was grade 8 !!

The part of town where most Jews had lived prior to the war had 80,000 people living there but after the war only 5000 returned.

I took an hour to go through the museum in her memory and then wandered up to the corner to the Westertower church and paid 8E for a guided tour to climb the tower. Not only do I love the view from heights but love the exercise gong up stairs.!! I had 30 minuted to wait so sat in the sun by the canal reading my new book called "The last 7 months of Anne Frank" . We saw a massive bell that weighed a few thousand kilogram and this really different bell piano that looks like a wooden piano but is connected to bells. You have to use a lot of force and hit the wooden keys with your fist!

The view was great from the top as it is one of the highest buildings in the old town.

I then jumped on a canal boat for a 1 1/2 hour tour for 18 E. It got hot sitting in the sun but was cool in the shade....even had my umbrella out for a bit to keep the sun off .Along many of the canals are houseboats that are connected to power, water and sewerage. There are 2500 residential houseboats in Amsterdam! Some have gardens on top and some look more like demountable on pontoons. On the top of the gabled homes are hoisting hooks that can lift furniture up and down when people move out and the buildings also lean slightly forward so that when things are lifted they won't hit the front of the building.

Floating in the breeze all day were hundreds of small leaves falling from trees and covering the ground and water in canals and looking like snow. it looked so pretty as they fluttered down.

I spent the afternoon walking around for the next 4 hours, past the palace place where the king lives, up shopping streets, to the oldest bridge called skinny bridge, the flower markets ( there wasn't too many flowers there as tulip season is nearly finished) , over bridge after bridge over canals, through part of the red light district ( very sad) , past lots of marijuana shops. I stopped in to one of the many "Tours and Tickets" shops and booked a trip for tomorrow. Before heading home I ate at a Vegetarian place and got falafel and salad in pita bread for 5.50 E . It was a lovely day

Spent:

Accommodation 30 E

Food: 15.5 E

Tours: 18 E Canal boat 8 E Tower Climb 9 E Ann Frank House

Transport : None

Clinknoord Hostel

Clinknoord Hostel


The crowd getting on the ferry

The crowd getting on the ferry


A'dam Tower and Eye Museum

A'dam Tower and Eye Museum


Bike racks

Bike racks


My hostel is behind this tower

My hostel is behind this tower


Riverside of Central Station

Riverside of Central Station


Unusual building

Unusual building


Bridge

Bridge


Pretty canal

Pretty canal


Boats on canal

Boats on canal


Cheese shop

Cheese shop


Prinsengracht canal

Prinsengracht canal


Canal

Canal


Canal

Canal


Bikes

Bikes


Houseboats

Houseboats


selfie

selfie


Markets

Markets


Anne Frank  memorial

Anne Frank memorial


Walking to Anne Frank House

Walking to Anne Frank House


Westertower

Westertower


Ann Frank House

Ann Frank House


Westertower

Westertower


Tulips and Westertower

Tulips and Westertower


Peaceful canal

Peaceful canal


Anne Frank House and Westertower

Anne Frank House and Westertower


Canal Boats

Canal Boats


Gable Terrace Houses

Gable Terrace Houses


Terrace Houses

Terrace Houses


Piano bell

Piano bell


View from the top

View from the top


Views

Views


View

View


Views

Views


Boat ride

Boat ride


Old family Villa

Old family Villa


Museum

Museum


Decorated gables

Decorated gables


Villa

Villa


Canal parkland

Canal parkland


Squeezing by other boats

Squeezing by other boats


Bridges

Bridges


Amstel River

Amstel River


Lock

Lock


Bridge

Bridge


Boat Ride

Boat Ride


Central Train Station from the front

Central Train Station from the front


A'Dam Tower

A'Dam Tower


Swing on top of tower

Swing on top of tower


Swing on top of tower

Swing on top of tower


Old House

Old House


Bikes and canals

Bikes and canals


Tulips

Tulips


Canal traffic

Canal traffic


Old "skinny bridge"

Old "skinny bridge"


Tree lined canal

Tree lined canal


Next to the Flower Market

Next to the Flower Market


Canal

Canal


City Buidings

City Buidings


Canal

Canal

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Evening arrival into Amsterdam

The flight into London was right over the city and I had great views of the Tower of London, London Bridge, St Pauls Cathedral , The London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace - it ws so good!!!

I landed into Heathrow ( terminal 2) at 3.30pm but we had to sit on the tarmac waiting for our gate for 30 minutes. It is such a huge airport and took so long to get to terminal 4 ( long walk and short train ride) where I had to book into my KLM flight to Amsterdam. I was absolutely wrecked exhausted and just wanted to cry! I must have looked bad and when the KLM agent checked me in I didn't have any luggage allowance but she just booked in my backpack without charging me...nice!!!

We left at 6.30pm ( 7.30pm Netherlands time) and arrived in at 8.50pm - so just a quick 45 minutes flight. I got through immigration quickly and after trying to work out the train ticket machine ( needed someones help!!) to purchase a 5.20 E ticket for the 15 minute ride to Central Station

Walking out the back of the station to the river I easily found the ferry to catch over to the Noord area. It was then only a short 100 mete walk towards the very unusually shaped white eye shaped museum and A'Dam tower and I arrived right on dark at 9.45pm....perfect timing!

The hostel is huge and really nice. Big living areas and bar and I am in a nice 10 bed female dorm overlooking the canal for 31 E a night. I got myself sorted and was asleep just before 11pm

Flying over London

Flying over London


Ferry Ride to Noord from Central Station

Ferry Ride to Noord from Central Station


Hostel breakfast area

Hostel breakfast area


View from basement windows

View from basement windows


Hostel Bar

Hostel Bar


Lounge Area

Lounge Area


Lounge

Lounge


Lounge

Lounge


Reception

Reception

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Kangaroo entertainment

Leaving Red Rock we wanted to stay in the Brooms Head area just north of Grafton and south of Yamba. We stopped in the scottish town of Maclean, (that has some lovely old buildings) to grab some lunch before heading to the coast.

Just before Brooms Head is a turn off to Red Cliffs and Lake Aragon on unsealed roads into Yuraygir National Park. I fell in love with the campground at Red Cliffs immediately - big gassy spots with campfires right next the beach and hundreds of kangaroos everywhere. It was $10 a night per person but no one ever came by for us to pay. The weather was overcast but it was still beautiful. After witnessing bit of kangaroo shenanigans and love as we set up the van we headed into Brooms Head to get some lunch .

We then headed off south to Sandon River whee there are a few little fishing s/beach shacks with the beach on one side and river on the other. At the river/beach is a national park campground where we found the perfect spot for a a future trip - right on the beach and overlooking an island you can walk out at low tide. No facilities apart from toilets.

Relaxing afternoon ( apart from the flies) back at Red Cliff reading . Tomorrow it is straight back home to Brisbane - 3 1/2 hour drive

Pub in scottish town of Maclean

Pub in scottish town of Maclean


Main street of Maclean

Main street of Maclean


Red Cliff north of Brooms Head

Red Cliff north of Brooms Head


Kangaroo Haven

Kangaroo Haven


Kangaroo on beach

Kangaroo on beach


The van at Red Cliff - Yuraygir National Park

The van at Red Cliff - Yuraygir National Park


Local wildlife is very tame

Local wildlife is very tame


Setting up camp

Setting up camp


Kangaroo

Kangaroo


Overcast day but beautiful beach

Overcast day but beautiful beach


Brad. Kangaroo and campsite

Brad. Kangaroo and campsite


Kangaroo shenanigans

Kangaroo shenanigans


Kangaroo shenanigans

Kangaroo shenanigans


Walked along this beach next to our campsite

Walked along this beach next to our campsite


Other beach next to our campsite

Other beach next to our campsite


I love kangaroos

I love kangaroos


Kangaroo watching

Kangaroo watching


Kanga on the beach

Kanga on the beach


Emus on road to Sandon River

Emus on road to Sandon River


Sandon river Beach and island

Sandon river Beach and island


Campground dummy

Campground dummy


Beach near Brooms Head

Beach near Brooms Head


Sandon River

Sandon River


Best campsite ......next trip

Best campsite ......next trip


Great campsite

Great campsite


Emu

Emu


Brooms Head

Brooms Head

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Sunrise and paddle boarding in Red Rocks River

Woke up early and walked down to the main beach to watch this awesome sunrise that even had dolphins swimming close by as the sun rose...stunning!

Had the best time paddle boarding upstream and looping back around island sand sandbars back to the north side of the river. Played in the water and relaxed for ages. It was my favourite day!!!

Had a nice long walk along the ocean beach heading south before relaxing by the van in the afternoon reading our books. Dinner was burgers from the take away shop. Perfect day...will definately come back here again! Tomorrow we head off again further north

Early morning at our campsite

Early morning at our campsite


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Sunrise

Sunrise


Campground

Campground


Walk from headland

Walk from headland


Beach walk

Beach walk


Beachwalk to these rocks

Beachwalk to these rocks


Beach walk

Beach walk


Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed


Red Rocks headland

Red Rocks headland


Headland clear water

Headland clear water


Afternoon reading and drinks

Afternoon reading and drinks


Afternoon reading

Afternoon reading

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Exploring Other Beaches

We had a paddle board on the river on the outgoing tide and had a hard time getting back... lots of fun with crystal clear water and sandbanks to play on.

We decided to do some exploring of beaches we had not seen for many years but used to camp at all the time when we were 19 - 20 years old!! Back then we just slept in the car or put up a 2 man tent and never paid or stayed in a camp ground. Today it is national park controlled and set up with camp toilets.

Although close on the map it takes a long time to get there as you have to go inland on the highway towards Grafton before turning off to the coast to Minnie Waters , Diggers Camp and Wooli. They hadn't changed too much and are all lovely little quiet places. Diggers Camp had nice spots to camp on a headland but no facilities at all. Wooli has a great river and small campground.

Heading back south we wanted to check out Pebbly Beach National Park Campground as we had never been here and it sounds really nice. We turned of the highway and drove on a remote road for some time before getting to a track heading to the beach. We ran into the ranger ( a really friendly guy who lives at Pebbly Beach) on the track who advised us how to navigate the creek crossing. Once on the beach looking right we were really close to Red Rock. We turned north and drove up the beach before we exited the beach and crossed a small piece of land before coming out to the creek. It can only be crossed at low tide and wasn't quite on dead low yet but fine to cross. Instead of just driving straight across you have to drive downstream to a fenced area and then cross there where it is most shallow. Driving upstream there is then a short steep track with tight curve to the right. We had read you could tow vans here but that looked a bit hard for a van!

This track bought us over to the isolated lovely beach and crescent shaped bay of Pebbly Beach. There were a number of people camping there some with big vans so we could make it in here! A lot of sites were set up already but no one was there - they had bagged the best spots before the school holidays!

There is no power, water or facilities except for toilets. Would love to come back and camp here. We walked along the beach to a large rocky help with rock pools. Great area to explore.

The weather was not good today and it started to rain on the way back to Red Rock. We stopped in at the lovely big Corindi Club with wide verandahs to have a steak for dinner.

Our campsite

Our campsite


The Expanda

The Expanda


Minnie Waters

Minnie Waters


Diggers Camp

Diggers Camp


Beach Driving to Pebbly Beach

Beach Driving to Pebbly Beach


Beach Drive

Beach Drive


Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach


Creek Crossing

Creek Crossing


Creek Crossing

Creek Crossing


Creek

Creek


Leaving Pebbly Beach

Leaving Pebbly Beach


Down to the creek

Down to the creek


Drive downstream

Drive downstream


Heading downstream

Heading downstream


Downstream

Downstream


Downstream

Downstream


Creek driving

Creek driving


Creek driving

Creek driving


Creek Driving

Creek Driving


Across the creek

Across the creek


Across the creek

Across the creek


Crossing the creek

Crossing the creek


Steep right hand turn

Steep right hand turn


Beach driving

Beach driving

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