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Marken lighthouse

Marken lighthouse

The Marken lighthouse as seen from the IJsselmeer.

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Horse of Marken lighthouse

Horse of Marken lighthouse

This is one of the most beautiful lighthouses on the IJsselmeer. “The horse of Marken” (Paard van Marken) is located on the traditional Dutch island of Marken.

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Ladies of Marken

Ladies of Marken

On a bicycle ride out to the lighthouse on the island of Marken, we encountered these lovely ladies. You can see the lighthouse (and a boat sailing by) in the background.

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Fishing in Hoorn

Fishing in Hoorn

Fishing at the entrance to the harbor in Hoorn.

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Hoorn, Old Harbor

Hoorn, Old Harbor

The entrance to the old harbor at Hoorn.

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Dutch sailboat at Hoorn

Dutch sailboat at Hoorn

A Dutch sailing vessel motors past the entrance to the harbor at Hoorn.

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Hoorn, in a slip

Hoorn, in a slip

We’ve arrived in Hoorn and are settled comfortably in a slip, ready to talk a walk around town.

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Waiting for the locks

Waiting for the locks

While you’re waiting to enter the locks at Enkhuizen you can tie up to this pier, stretch your legs, and watch the other boats approaching.

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Wing on Wing

Wing on Wing

Let’s get back to the Holland sailing photos. We’ve left Medemblik and are heading downwind back towards the locks at Enkhuizen. The wind is just a few knots, less than you usually see on the IJsselmeer, but the sailing is very smooth and pleasant.

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Megayachts

Megayachts

Two new megayachts, having recently been lauched and moved from the Jongert yard in Medemblik, get their rigging installed.

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Work Boats

Work Boats

Some work boats in Medemblik, on the northern portion of the IJsselmeer in Holland.

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Geese

Geese

Geese, getting ready for a sail.

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Dutch boats, Medemblik

Dutch boats, Medemblik

Dutch boats tied up along the main canal to the inner harbor in Medemblik.

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Dutch Boats

Dutch Boats

Dutch boats tied up in Medemblik.

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Drawbridge, Medemblik

Drawbridge, Medemblik

Waiting for the drawbridge to open so that we can enter the inner harbor of Medemblik. The red & greed combination of lights means that the bridge will be opening soon. The drawbridge is closing behind us.

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Trees, Medemblik

Trees, Medemblik

Walking around Medemblik, hoping the rain holds off.

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Canal, Medemblik

Canal, Medemblik

A small canal passing between backyards in the small Dutch town of Medemblik. With such an extensive network of canals, nearly everyone can dock a little boat behind their house.

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Canal, Enkhuizen

Canal, Enkhuizen

Enkhuizen has many picturesque little canals and streets. This canal is a short walk from the old harbor.

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Fishing Nets, Zuiderzee Museum

Fishing Nets, Zuiderzee Museum

The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen shows how the Dutch lived and fished in the late 1800′s and early 1900s. At that time, the Zuiderzee was open to the North Sea. In the 1900s, a dam was constructed, making it into a lake, known now as the IJsselmeer.

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Sailing on the Markermeer

Sailing on the Markermeer

A beautiful day for a sail on the Markermeer. This is the southern portion of the IJsselmeer, part of the “wet heart of the Netherlands.” Much of the land surrounding the IJsselmeer has been reclaimed, resulting in formerly underwater land becoming livable and protected from flooding, as a result of huge dam and dike construction […]

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Locks

Locks

Passing through the locks from Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal, and heading into the Markermeer to Durgerdam.

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The Gherkin

The Morning News: Originally, the thatch of girders, encircled by their attendant cranes, was indistinguishable from the rest of the mostly low-rise cityscape. Gradually, however, an alien, skeletal form emerged, pushing higher and higher, the cladding racing to catch up with the structure. Only in the past month have the final steels been craned into […]

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Oil & Water

Oil & Water

A traditional Dutch sailing vessel heads north on the North Sea Canal, past the Shell Oil building.

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North Sea Canal, Amsterdam

North Sea Canal, Amsterdam

Heading past Amsterdam on the North Sea Canal. That’s the train station behind the channel marker buoy.

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North Sea Canal buildings

North Sea Canal buildings

Old and new along the North Sea Canal, near Amsterdam. Which would you rather live in?

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