John, April 7, 2012
The view from our room was Lake Ijsselmeer. The room was like a picture window of Volendam. This is one of the most charming spots I've been, and it is why we returned to spend more time. From 6:00 in the morning when boats load poles for their traps to into the evening with locals walking the boardwalk, this is still a busy port side town. Four to five cruise ships stop daily to unload tourists but you can actually stay there to experience the wonder of this ancient city. According to the Volendam museum the town grew from farming and fishing into a prosperous fishing community.
The food in the restaurant downstairs is nothing less than sensational! Sometimes they are booked. If you want a seat on the weekends you may want to book in advance. Many locals visit here and dinner is late. We choose an early time to avoid advance bookings.
Definitely a slice of history. Stop and get your picture taken in a traditional Dutch costume. So much fun.
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