Sunday, December 7, 2014

Amsterdam & Anne

“But I want to achieve more than that. I can't imagine having to live like Mother, Mrs. Van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! I don't want to have lived in vain like most people.”
Anne Frank 

"The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings, otherwise I‘d absolutely suffocate."
Anne Frank

I have just finished reading The Diary of a Young girl, the complete version. I did read the short version when I was 13, but I was too young then to really understand what a heritage Anne left by writing her diary.

On the way back from USA we chose our flights so that we had couple of hours in Amsterdam between the flights, so we visited the city centre.  We didn't have time to visit Anne's Frank museum, so I promised myself to read her diary. I am glad that I did.

Here are some photos:


  1. LOVE the quotes, esp. the second one. I can totally relate to that. I'll suffocate if I can't write, either. And your Amsterdam pics remind me of what my friend (she lives in Holland) says about Dutch sky he he he...

  2. When I saw the movie "The Fault in our Stars," I cried almost as much over the visit to Anne Frank House as anything else in the story. I read the diary when I was about 11 & have seen the play & several movies based on it. Always a powerful story. But I haven't read the actual diary in a long time; maybe it's time to pull it out again! :)

  3. Amsterdam is really lovely - I've been there in spring, and in December, when it is dark and gloomy and the cloud hangs low and oppressive, but there's something about it. It seemed appropriate to visit Anne Frank's House in December! (It helped that D's brother was living there, so we got free accommodation and tour guides!)

    I hope you get a chance to go there again!