Het hart in de rondte (ehh.... some kind of roundtrip)

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Twiske stream towards Oostzanerrijweg
Maybe an odd title, but there is no translation for it. And even more, the words are dutch but I have reason to believe that a random person from the Netherlands doesn't have a clue what it means.

So let me explain it:
The marsh area around the old small Twiske (stream - in dutch veenstroom) is surrounded by the three villages of Den Ilp, Landsmeer and Oostzaan. This area was since medieval times used to dig off , and dredged up, the peat, which was used for fuel. It was only accessable by shallow boats.
In the past century the area was made into a polder, the Twiskepolder, to reclaim the land again, with the purpose to use it for agriculture. (This did not work out however... the land was of such poor quality, thus the land could not be used for it. It was then made into a recreation area, attracting people from the nearby big towns and cities as Zaanstad and Amsterdam).

The people from the surrounding villages used to visit relatives in the other villages around the Twiske area, usually in the weekends. They took the opportunity to tour the boundaries of the entire polder, which is a tour of about 20 kilometres, and that tour was called: Het hart in de rondte. (Hart means heart, and the heart in this story is ofcourse the Twiskepolder).

And that is what I did today, well kind of, I took the newer bikepaths on the polder dikes, so me and my camera only did about 15 km <BG>
oldschoolbill says:
Very nice info!!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2009
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