Crabs and fish
Volendam Travel Blog› entry 5 of 16 › view all entries
March 18th, 2010 – by: ik-ben-10eke
We almost parked our car at the same time as Mikiko, and the three of us walked along the dike towards the harbour. This is the old part of Volendam, after all it is a fishermen's village for centuries, so all the activity took and takes place at the harbour, thus this is the centre of the village. Still early in the season so not many tourists, and the weather was great.
We decided to have some coffee first, and at the dike road along the harbour, very appropriately called Haven (the Dutch word for harbour) there are plenty of cafe's and eating-places.
We sat down at "'t Havengat", and all three of us agreed this was a very nice place. This was also the place we found out we all had the same zodiac sign, all of us are crabs. Very suitable in a place which exists by fishbusiness :)
After having our coffee and lunch we walked towards the backstreets to visit the Volendam Museum.
They really got a nice collection here, and there is a special section for cigar-bands. The cigar was until WWII very popular in the Netherlands, later the cigarette has nearly driven out the old fashioned cigar.
We enjoyed the chatting, the museum, and time fled by. We returned to the harbor again where Mikiko and Keiko both bougth smoked eel, one of the Volendam delicatessen. Me as a poldergirl am spoiled rotten and like polder eel - despite the smaller size - above the IJsselmeer eel, so I did not buy any.
Time was running short, we spend too much time chatting and at the museum therefor we could not make the boattrip to Marken anymore, so we decided to have another drink at one of the Haven places before going home again.
I do look back on a very nice, relaxed day.
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