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Apr 25, 2013 - Around the Zuiderzee

We had a busy day today, yet time to relax on board. We had breakfast while the ship sailed out of Amsterdam and into the Zuiderzee, an artificially constructed lake out of teh North Sea by building dykes and allowing fresh water to displace teh salt water. We sailed to Volendam. It was misty and dull and we were afraid it would rain, but by the time we reached Volendam it had brightened up and we left without our raincoats. Volendam was interesting, but a bit of a tourist trap with stores selling the usual souvenirs and geegaws and the...

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Apr 13, 2013 - Hoorn, Netherlands

Hoorn is an ancient harbor town founded in 716 and awarded city rights by the Count of Holland in 1357. During the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century, Hoorn was a prosperous center of trade with seafarers departing from its shores and returning with exotic spices like pepper, nutmeg, cloves and mace to be sold at vast profits. This skill in trade and navigation established the town's name far and wide. Holland's first herring net was woven in Hoorn. Today, it is a blend of the old and new, with monumental facades, museums that celebrate...

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Aug 17, 2012 - To the Hoorn for Kermis and then home!!

Last night we arrived in the north of Holland in Hoorn, by train. Lucky for us we stepped off the train platform and a short block away was the back gate for my cousin Charlottes home. Her children met us on the sidewalk! Thank goodness for Facebook.....I recognized them right away. Two major things are going on here right now: EVERYONE is on Holiday, and one of the biggest fairs (Kermis) is in town for 2 weeks. IN Holland, if you take your kids out of school for a vacation that is not in the summer, the government fines you!! So they take...

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