Hotel Old Dutch
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... them, with mustard of course, and a dark brown Dutch beer. Bbbbbeautiful! Then as the weather got worse we walked to the coast - Markermeer Sea on the eastern coast - about 200 metres. Dee dee - you may remember Jop took us all to the west coast last time & it was the North Sea we saw (1988). No dyke on the east coast, as the fishing village has been there for 100s of years. However we ...
The first stop was Marken where we purchased kibbeling (deep fried fish with Mayo - the Dutch love their sauces). I had no idea we had cycled to an island over a dike. I finally see the ocean which is darker hue than NZ waters due to the Dutch algae. We catch a ferry to Volendam and have coffee and wine. Next to the port is a small building with windows around it called a "talking house" filled with elderly ...
... are in Amsterdam and feel like a cup of coffee, don't go to a coffee shop. "Coffee shops" here are for legally buying and smoking marijuana. A cafe is the place for coffee.
Thursday morning saw us taking a 20 minute train ride to the village of Zaanse Schans which has several working windmills and many buildings featuring traditional Dutch architecture. We visited a cheese making operation as well as the inner workings of ...
... amazing with 4 floors of trains... If you ever saw the Sound of Music flash mob youtube clip that circulated the web - that was made in Antwerp station.
Once in Amsterdam we left our luggage at the station and took a first walk around the streets. Yes, within the first hour, Ken was 'inviting up' by a very attractive young girl in a first floor window and had the opportunity ...
After a relaxing breakfast, we took an easy stroll along the harbor, then down several streets into the old village.
Volendam was originally the harbor for the neighboring village of Edam. In 1327, the village of Edam decided to build a canal that gave them better access to the ZuiderZee. This also enabled them to build a djke (dam) to reclaim some of the land occupied by the original harbor. The ...