A slice of Volendam

In keeping with the theme of the previous post, here is another row of Dutch houses. These are actually new, but built in the traditional Dutch style – as you can see from the gabled roofs.. These houses can be found in Volendam, an old fishing town north of Amsterdam. It is a great place to visit to get a feel for what life must have been like when fishermen made a living from the Zuiderzee (southern sea), as it was known in the past.

The Zuiderzee was a shallow bay of the North Sea. I say “was” as it was closed off from the sea by a major causeway built between 1927 and 1933. This body of water is now called the Ijsselmeer (Ijssel lake) and is now fresh water as the water from the Ijssel river drains into it (it is pronounced eye-sel).

You can imagine that this must have had a huge impact on the local fishing industry. Many of these towns (like Volendam) still have some fishing activity, but not like it used to be. And the fishing that is done is done out in the North Sea and boats have to go though shipping locks in the causeway.

Volendam is now a heavy “tourist trap” of course, but still has a lot of charm. Locals walk around in old traditional dress and you can buy Dutch “treats” such as smoked eel and herring.

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