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1 : to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense : handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate

2 : to strike or push lightly especially with the hand or foot or an implement

3 : to take into the hands or mouth (never touches alcohol)

  Anton 2
Much to our delight, we found an actor well known to us, Anton Elsinski, working in a video store. (You can read into that what you like). Upon recognising him, we asked for his autograph and he happily obliged. Although we didn't actually "touch" him, he clearly belongs on this page.

2006 note: Anton later won a national contest and his song, Hey Baboushka is now a popular ringtone in the Netherlands!
Boat both
We were made to feel right at home on the lovely FriendshipB&B, a houseboat floating on a canal in central Amsterdam.
Boat bedroom
The bedroom on the boat was comfortable and had portholes on either side of the bed.
Boat galley
The kitchen (galley) on the boat was amazingly well stocked and spacious.
We handled a lot of real Delft china before making our final purchases.We bought a really nice tulip tile for our kitchen and another tile for my mother.
G Rubber
Getting into this rubber shirt at Black Body was difficult, but taking it off was downright painful. Now I know what to wear to London Mardi Gras.
G Shoes 2

Far more comfortable were these wooden clogs.
N Shoe
Nick, of course, takes a larger size.
G Cacti
These prickly cacti are just like the ones people think grow in Texas. Here they are in the flower market.  
N Bike
Two bicycles came with our houseboat package. It was great to feel the breeze as we cycled along the canals.  
We felt slightly disappointed that the Homomonument was being restored while we were there, but we were able to buy a big chunk of pink granite from the original sculpture to take back home.  
Pink Point
We bought our granite and some other souvenirs at the Pink Point information booth, just across from the Homomonument (and just a few yards from Anne Frank's house).