Historical beauty? Or modern urbanization?
Buiksloot Travel Blog› entry 6 of 17 › view all entries
Today I had an appointment in the northern part of Amsterdam. So I made sure I had the car today. However I noticed in the morning the weather was so nice I would be a fool to go by car, it would not save me much time with all the road works involved with the construction the Noord-Zuidlijn (North-South railway). So I grabbed the bicycle and camera, and enjoyed the Spring flowers and birds nesting on that short track before entering Amsterdam. When I headed home again I decided to cycle along the old Buiksloterdijk, where no cars are allowed (unless you are an inhabitant). This dike was the protection against flooding in historical times; it was part of the Waterlandsche Zeedijk (Seadike). The villages north of Amsterdam, like Buiksloot, Nieuwendam, Schellingwoude, Durgerdam, were mainly built along this dikeroad. In the past lots of retired seacaptains had their homes built in these villages, close to the big town of Amsterdam, they could see all the business at the Amsterdam harbour across the water of the IJ, and still they had the benefits of the country life.
When immigration to Amsterdam grew at the 20th century, these villages were enclosed by the expanding town, and are now part of the big city,
In these modern times we can enjoy the heritage of these wealthy inhabitants of the old days: Lovely maintained dike-villages.