A Day in Volendam

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First view of Volendam

Today was the first day of the meet-up, and a small but select band congregated in Volendam, the main port of the area about half-an-hour's walk south from Edam. It is a touristy place, and understandably so, which lies on the shore of Markermeer, once part of the Zuider Zee but now converted into a fresh-water lake. Our activity at first consisted of wandering about in the warm spring sunshine looking at the shops and other buildings along the margins of the marina, and very agreeable it was too. Then we visited the Volendam Museum, which is good value and more interesting than you might at first suppose. A great curiosity was the cigar-band room - basically a room which some demented soul had decorated entirely, and very skilfully, with cigar bands; although what precisely this has to do with the history of Volendam escaped me at the time, and still does.

The shops and restaurants adjoining the harbour, before most of the tourists arrived

After lunch, during which I resolutely resisted all attempts to make me sample smoked eel, we called at a jeweller's shop where the charming proprietor was also a third-generation diamond-cutter; he gave a most interesting short talk on the process, and his wife displayed samples of the various kinds of diamonds and types of cut. We stayed about half-an-hour asking questions and not buying the jewellery on display, which regrettably included a really vulgar diamond-encrusted "fcuk" wrist-watch. Tea followed, then another wander around before the official TravBuddy meet-up dinner at The Cafe-Restaurant de Dijk. This passed off very pleasantly, and afterwards those of us with stamina repaired to a nearby hostelry for further refreshment.

I decided to walk back to Edam, but unfortunately everything looked different in the dark and I got comprehensively lost, from which state I was rescued only by a remarkably well-illuminated street plan at a bus shelter. Never mind; although the walk took 90 minutes instead of 30 it was a dry and mild night, and it was probably better than sitting in my hotel room drinking bad coffee.

KeikoCreative says:
Indeed we really had a great time that day:)
Posted on: Jun 11, 2010
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First view of Volendam
First view of Volendam
The shops and restaurants adjoinin…
The shops and restaurants adjoini…
A delightful bridge ...
A delightful bridge ...
... seen from another angle
... seen from another angle
A bride on her way to be married m…
A bride on her way to be married …
One of the tableaux in the Museum
One of the tableaux in the Museum
Part of the decorations in the cig…
Part of the decorations in the ci…
A close up of part of the mannekin…
A close up of part of the manneki…
Another part of the cigar-band room
Another part of the cigar-band room
Another tableau
Another tableau
More evidence of the religion of t…
More evidence of the religion of …
View of the harbour
View of the harbour
View of the harbour
View of the harbour
Jos, Keiko and Carla having lunch
Jos, Keiko and Carla having lunch
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No comment!
More religion, this time at the en…
More religion, this time at the e…
The cigar-band room gets its own s…
The cigar-band room gets its own …
Hmm ... somewhat regrettable
Hmm ... somewhat regrettable
Whew!
Whew!
The smallest bridge that I came ac…
The smallest bridge that I came a…
This peculiar tablet on a block of…
This peculiar tablet on a block o…
A final view of two bridges, only …
A final view of two bridges, only…
Volendam
photo by: Andy99