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.


Jim said...

How interesting. Thanks for the tour.

Linens and Royals said...

Another very interesting tour. Great photography. I love a glimpse into another part of your world.

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely place to visit. I love the little cute houses and the people in their traditional clothing. Being near the water also makes it very special. I can see why it is popular with the tourist. Thanks for sharing, wonderful photos.

LindyLouMac said...

Definitely a place we would enjoy visiting, thanks for the enjoyable virtual tour. I love the fact your son and family dressed up and then let you share the photo with us. :)

Unknown said...

Really interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Maribeth said...

Interesting photos. Love the smile on Toby at the end.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, a great tour indeed, Gattina! I haven't been to the Netherlands in a number of years, but I enjoyed it so much! I got to be there for the Tulip Festival and it was awesomely beautiful! I do love your captures, particularly the one one of your son and his family! Terrific!! Hope you have a great week!


Loree said...

What a picturesque place - very pretty. I like the photo of your son's family in traditional costumes.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Thank you for the tour Gattina -- what a lovely way to learn history. A beautiful place and how fun to visit with family..

A Lady's Life said...

What a pretty place So much fun to go there. :)

genie said...

What a fabulous collection of photos. I loved all of them...so quaint and appealing...but the last one of your son has to be my favorite. They look adorable there with their little boy and the costumes. The colors in your photos are so sharp and clear. It makes me want to hop a plane and fly on over for a visit. genie

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! Today is a holiday in Portugal, but it’s the worst winter day we had since last October... As grey as if we were living in Northern Europe... So, the only right thing to do is surfing the Net... ;)

Not much different from 1976 when we were there... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is now in St. Kitts and Nevis... Enjoy and have a great week!!!

Lifecruiser Travel said...

Lovely photos! I wish I were there. I just LOVE Dutch houses, so full of character!!! It would take e for ever to take photos over there, not coming far because of all photo stops.... *giggles*


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