Here are all the different size cheeses that have to sit on the shelf for a minimum of 2 weeks..but up to 6 months. We were told the oldest cheeses they have are 2 years....which is kind of disgusting to me....I mean it's not like it is wine...right? This is one of the girls who makes the cheeses.
These are pictures from the city too. The second picture below is the front of Anne Frank's Haus.
We also visited a Torture museum since the weather was still not ideal. Jakob thought this was really interesting. The girls thought it was horrible. Honestly, it was sad to see such a reality that still goes on in some parts of the world.
OK, now we were told to try eatting at the Pancake Bakery...sounds good enough for us. So when we looked at the menu we were a bit scared. They had the normal pancakes with fruit and nuts and ice cream atop. But what caught our attention was the fish, cheese, bacon, meats, vegetables and other "odd" toppings. So Thom and I decided to share a Canadian pancake which had cheese, bacon, mushrooms and onions on it. Out of all the "different" choices, we opted for the least odd one. OH my goodness!!!! This thing was SSOOOO good!!! Even the kids said they would get that the next time we came here. The kids just got a basic pankcake. Actually these pancakes are more like crepes...oh so good.
Well the weather never cleared up and we were leaving the next day. So we decided that we would at least go to the tulip gardens on the way home after church. And we are happy that we did make it. The weather was much warmer, sunnier and no overcast. It was worth the wait. These gardens are called Keukenhof Holland
And just in case you are still wondering about the youth hostel. We were trying to save a little bit of money..and we figured as long as it had a bed and toilet and shower we would be ok...besides we were not there to stay at the hotel all day long. We were there for a total of probably 1 1/2 hours a day (excluding sleep of course). But we were told that we would have the bigger of the rooms since we had kids....oh my....I would hate to see the small room we were originally going to get. There was room for a bunkbed and 2 single beds and a tiny bathroom. We had to walk sideways to get to each bed....it was an experience to say the least....a learning curve. But overall we enjoyed Amsterdam....our first checkmark is made for our list of places we want to visit.