Originally, Volendam was the location of the harbor of the nearby Edam, which was situated at the mouth of the river IJe. In 1357, the inhabitants of Edam dug a shorter canal to the Zuiderzee with its own separate harbor.
This removed the need for the original harbor, which was then dammed and used for land reclamation. Farmers and local fishermen settled there, forming the new community of Vollendam, which literally meant something like 'Filled dam'.
A fishing village where there are now more tourists than fish.
That's our river boat in the background.
Judy with the witches hanging around in Volendam... We finally bought the witch hanging on the left.
Middelburg is a municipality and a city in the south-western Netherlands and the capital of Zeeland province situated on the peninsula of Walcheren. The city dates back to the early 9th century or possibly the late 8th century.
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The Gothic Town Hall.