Dutch Fishing Villages

While in Amsterdam last summer Sarah and I travelled by bus to some of the fishing villages.  This is Volendam on the Markermeer Lake, Northeast of Amsterdam.  We loved it here, and spent quite a bit of time exploring it.  

It was interesting to see how they live here, as we walked along the back side of the houses.

Isn’t it beautiful?  We also stepped inside a museum that displayed some of the traditional clothing from this region in days gone by.  Really special!

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Windmills and Moonflowers

Today I’m sharing photos of other random windmills we saw in the Netherlands.  They’re all so unique and beautiful in their own way.

I was amazed to see moonflowers near this windmill.  We’ve grown these near our home as well, and have occasionally seen them in various foreign counties.  These special flowers open only at night, and in the blink of an eye; a beautiful display from our Creator indeed.  They last overnight and then wilt away in the morning.  How awesome is that?  Moonflowers!

This windmill stands beside one of the typical Dutch bridges that lifts for tall boats to pass.

Finally, this is an original Rembrandt painting of a windmill, along with it’s sign of explanation.

 

 

Windmills

I’m returning to the photos of our trip to Amsterdam in 2015.  Of course, no trip to Holland is really complete without a tour of the windmills.  We went by train to an area called Zaanse Schans, and rented bikes there when we arrived, because there is a bit of a ride through the village and along the water before you arrive at the windmills.  It was great fun, as you can see in the photos below.

We saw this scene in front of a house on the way by; lots of wooden shoes.

This is quite the historic area and these windmills have been preserved for us to enjoy today.  It certainly was beautiful to see.  This is how it looked in the past when there were even more windmills than what we saw here.  If you are curious about the purpose of windmills, click here.

Houseboats

This post features many of the interesting houseboats we saw in Amsterdam.  I don’t know how often they move them; in fact, many of them probably stay docked, but it is an interesting way to live.  One of the houseboats is a museum, so we got to take a peek inside it.

 

Zandvoort

One of the things we wanted to do in The Netherlands is go to a beach, and we easily found our way to Zandvoort by bus.  It was a great experience.  We found a great restaurant and a lot of interesting activities on the beach, as you will see below.