When I visited Amsterdam I made a beeline for the Anne Frank House because I was thrilled to be able to see the very building in which Anne's story (and life) took place. It's now a few years later but whenever someone asks me about museums it's the first one that pops into my head.
|Anne Frank House by Tiger Girl|
This museum held one of those "remember forever" moments that make travelling extra worthwhile. I was already super-impressed with much of what I'd seen in the various exhibits, but then I entered the room where one of Anne Frank's diaries could actually be seen. An original! Her real diary! My mouth hung open from the moment I spotted it from across the room.
Of course, you couldn't touch Anne Frank's diary, set carefully under glass to protect it from people just like me, but just to see that simple diary lying there, not so different in appearance from many of the angst-ridden diaries I kept at the same age, yet knowing that I'd read its shocking contents - well, it's just one of those moments that I can relive in my head as though I was there.
I suspect that having visited places like the eerie concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau in the preceding years had heightened my emotional connection to these kind of war stories, but of course the writer and reader part of me also had a thrill at seeing an "original manuscript" of a book I'd loved.
These particularly special moments are not that common on my travels - I guess that's exactly what makes them particularly special. I also can't predict when they're going to occur. But I'm mighty glad they do.
Do you have any of these "super-memorable" travel moments to share?