Tuesday, April 17, 2012

VOLENDAM - Holland

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We had spent Easter with our son an family in Amsterdam. On Easter Sunday as the sun was shining we made an excursion to Volendam. Volendam is a fishermen village in North Holland, 20 kilometres north of Amsterdam. Sometimes called "the pearl of the Zuiderzee". It is a popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands, well-known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents. The women's costume of Volendam, with its high, pointed bonnet, is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes, and is often featured on tourist postcards and posters and visitors can have their pictures taken in traditional Dutch costumes. Volendam also features a small museum about its history and clothing style. You can find more about Volendam here .

Approaching the village

main street along the sea

very old houses

typical Dutch architecture

A beautiful restaurant, where we had coffee and apple cake

and of course the bicycles are not missing ! Holland without bikes is like a house without furniture !

Cute little houses and shops

It must be nice to sit out there and watch people

boat rentals

along the sea

a little leisure habour

Fisherman bronze statue with a basket full of eels.

and his wife

Despite the cold weather people buy ice cream

The old traditional costumes

and for the tourists a studio where you can get dressed in the costumes. Here is the dressing up of my son and family.

and the result.

It is a cute village and worthwhile to see.

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