From the Sallandse Heuvelrug we drove over the Holterberg, towards Deventer across the Wilhelmina bridge, famous for the film “A Bridge Too Far”, towards Loenen in the Veluwe for a lunchstop at “Hotel Restaurant de Loenermark”.
Zaanse Schans and Volendam
From there we pursued our way to the “Zaanse Schans”, where we walked around for a while before we headed on to Volendam. We took some very playful pictures at the “Irene Hoeve”, and visited the port and the countless little houses around it. In the meantime it was already six o’clock and we still had at least 30 kilometres in front of us, before we would reach our fantastic sleeping accommodation, the “RestInn” in Aartswoud. When we arrived, Jeannet (the hostess) was already waiting for us.
RestInn Aartswoud Fam. Nieuwboer
After dropping off our bags, and having a wash and a brush-up, a delicious dinner was served with local food carefully prepared by Jeannet! The weather was fine and we all spent the entire evening sitting outside, enjoying a bottle of wine. Afterwards we went to bed tired but satisfied. The next morning around 8.00am, Jeannet served breakfast with lovely freshly-baked, warm bread rolls and raw cow’s milk from the farm.
Around 9.00am we were ready for the rest of the trip. We drove across the “Afsluitdijk” where we looked at the monument and pursued our way to the beautiful Frisian city Hindeloopen. Hindeloopen became a city in 1225 and it’s one of the eleven cities of Friesland. Although it did not have a harbour but just a mooring place in the Zuiderzee, Hindeloopen was a very important hanseatic city and fishing place for a long time. The fishing boats had the letter codes HI. The big blooming of the city happened somewhere between 1650 and 1790, when Hindeloopen owned a large fleet of approximately 80 ships. You can still recognize the wealth of the people of Hindeloopen, by looking at the 17th and 18th century captain houses.