Monday, February 20, 2012

Road tripping - Marken, The Netherlands

It's strange to think we are down to our final weekends here in Holland. We still (unfortunately!) have our car so figured we better make use of it while we can. I have this list of places I want to visit in Holland (thanks to some help from the Lonely Planet and wikitravel) and in the 2 years we've been here, most of them have been crossed off. This past weekend we made the list a bit smaller with a little road trip up north to the fishing village of Marken.

Located on an island (but joined to the mainland by a causeway), Marken is apparently a touristic village. Our visit was on a bitterly cold, windy day and the only other people we saw in this pretty, but eerily quiet village were birdwatchers. I'm figuring that the tourists are a bit more clever then us and leave their visits until the slightly warmer summer months? 

The village definitely had a fishing-y/seaside feel to it - from nets strung up on the exterior of the houses, to the smell of salty sea air and the sound of seagulls. Like I said - it was strangely quiet, but that meant we were able to wander around and just admire the lovely old traditional houses and fishing boats.

Walking around Marken almost felt like we were at the Zuiderzee museum, or Arnhem openlucht museum... Until I peeked past the lace curtains and saw people drinking their coffee and reading the paper, I wouldn't have believed that anyone actually lived in this picturesque village...

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