Amsterdam, Netherlands, HollandAmsterdam, The Netherlands/Holland
Did you know that the city of Amsterdam has more bridges and canals than Venice? And that nearly 80% of the population of the Netherlands owns a bicycle? These are just a few things that Samantha Brown discovers in this episode of Passport to Europe when she visits the city of Amsterdam, Holland.Samantha arrives just in time to see fields and fields of tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens. Flowers aren't the only thing of beauty in Amsterdam - the city has over 55 museums, and one of its most visited is dedicated to the famous one eared Dutchman - Vincent Van Gogh. Sam discovers that although he completed nearly 1100 drawings and 900 paintings, Van Gogh only sold two during his lifetime! Bicycles are everywhere in Amsterdam - so Samantha hops on and cycles around town exploring its canals and colorful neighborhoods. She also tries something that, let's just say, you have to sample while you are in Amsterdam - it's available, you can get it on the streets, and the locals love it - it's herring! You won't believe how the locals eat it! Now there's one other thing that Amsterdam is known for - it's coffee houses. Samantha steps inside to see that coffee isn't the only thing on their menu! The canals of Amsterdam are world famous - and what better place to call home during your visit than a houseboat - Samantha checks in for a different kind of hotel experience. Everyone's heard of the Diary of Anne Frank - it's one of the most important historical documents of the 20th century. Samantha tours the very building where Anne and her family hid during World War II -- a powerful and memorable experience for anyone who visits this site. Sam wraps up her stay by meeting a few locals at one of the oldest cafes - and she finds out why they're called "brown" cafes? Amsterdam has plenty to offer the traveler who comes to this city in search of its history, but Sam reminds us not to forget to see the Amsterdam right in front of your eyes.