Volendam

So Dutch this town is, so Dutch

In Holland, the sea and the rivers are more high than the land. For a large part of the country the difference is 10M

Originally, Volendam was the harbor of the nearby Edam, In 1357, the inhabitants of Edam dug a shorter canal to the Zuiderzee with its own harbour. Volendam’s habour got useless and was dammed for land reclamation. Farmers and fishermen settled there, forming a new community of “Vollendam”, which literally means 'filled up dam'. The majority of the population are Catholic, a large minority in Holland. Catholicism is deeply connected to the city. Hence the prominent Maria statue on its pier, I guess.

This is probably the most famous ‘house’ of the town. It is upon thousands of pictures.

Sliptongetjes met frieten Hotel Spaanders READ MORE

In the early 20th century Volendam became an artists' retreat, with both Picasso and Renoir spending time there.

Walked from Spaanders hotel to Boparket. Tried to do a shortcut but ended up in a backyard and than, as always in Holland, there was water. Again. Dutch do not take shortcuts.

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