Crabs and fish

Volendam Travel Blog

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Dike along harbor with "Vis-afslag" building, where the fresh caught fish is traded.
I felt like a tourist in my home area, because Volendam is very close to where I live: my mother in law lived here for a short while, I went out during the weekends in this place, I can almost call it home. It is less than half an hour drive from where I live.

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.
Canal in the village

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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Dike along harbor with Vis-afslag…
Dike along harbor with "Vis-afsla…
Canal in the village
Canal in the village
Nice front facade
Nice front facade
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Picturesque street. The higher ho…
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Bronze statue of Volendam woman
Bronze statue of Volendam woman
Statue of Volendam man
Statue of Volendam man
Bronze statue of Volendam children
Bronze statue of Volendam children
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Resting after a good days work, o…
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Volendam Sights & Attractions review
A nice and very affordable museum
The museum is a 5 min walk from the harbor, and is adjacent to the VVV - the tourist information centre. When entering the museum you are handed a … read entire review
photo by: Andy99