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The Zuiderzee museum is an open air museum which shows you life around 1900 in the fishing villages at the Zuiderzee. And it actually felt if I was there during that time. It was like I could see these three fisherman sitting in the harbour chatting with each other, telling stories to each other about their fishing expeditions. I could smell the pipe that the fishingman in the middle is smoking, but also feel the fresh seabreeze, the sound of the seagulls and the smell of fresh fish that was just brought in.

This was the feeling I got at the Zuiderzee museum, but it also felt like this when I walked through Enkhuizen. This is a very old village, with a lively harbour. Everyone was relaxing and having a good time. There were a lot of boats going in and out of the harbour. The following day there was going to be a clipper race on the lake, so it must have been extra busy with all the boats when I was there.

It was great just to hang over the railing, feel the sunshine on my face and watch all these boats pass by. Yes, it was a gorgeous day. It was in the beginning of October, usually we don't have very good weather at this time of the year. But this weekend was an exception. The weather was gorgeous, 20 degrees Celcius and quite a lot of sunshine. The leaves on the trees were turning in all the beautiful fall colours. It was the best autumn weather that I can remember. And now a few days later, while I write this, the weather is still gorgeous. When I look outside and see the sunshine, I picture myself again on one of the terraces in Enkhuizen enjoying my drink and stroll afterwards to one of the fish shops to eat some delicious fresh fish.

  • Last visit to Enkhuizen: Oct 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2006 at 5:48 AM

    This museum is just too good to be true !! Wonderful, simply wonderful !!! Ah, can you offer them please to translate into English ? Hihi, the interactive map only does all she can to the Dutsch reading ones - ohh :-(

  • TempNomad's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2006 at 7:32 AM

    Lovely photos and tips...as always, your pages are very informative and fun to read.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2006 at 4:33 AM

    AAAAAAAAAaaaaaahhh, als geboren Horinees gaat mijn hart open bij het zien van deze foto's van Enkhuizen! Ooit ook in Hoorn geweest? Ook een prachtig VOC stadje aan de Zuiderzee.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2005 at 10:57 PM

    beautiful place wonderful presented Sim, facinating read about bygone times. tks for a lovely page.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2004 at 6:58 AM

    Looks like a marvelous place to visit Simone. Nice page.

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2004 at 4:18 AM

    Heey Simone,... This is a great VY Enkhuizen Page... wonderful done. Even my interests concern the Javanese South-Sea Goddess *lol* Thanks, greetzzz RoyJava

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2004 at 1:36 PM

    Simone, what a delightful place to visit. I loved the part about the school and the 1st 3 words that children learn! This looks like a quality museum where one could learn so much about the customs, etc. Great photos to accompany this wonderful text.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 2:11 PM

    what a fascinating museum and lovingly illustrated as usual Simone - so glad this was just featured on the front page :-))

  • pedersdottir's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 2:07 PM

    Enkhuizen looks to be a charming spot to spend a few days relaxing.

  • brian43's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2003 at 9:11 AM

    Hi Simone was in the Netherlands a few weeks ago, unfortunately didn't get to travel north of Amsterdam. But lovely country none the less in the east and south. Amsterdam was indeed worth seeing, especially the museums and the Artis Zoo.


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