Springtime in Holland
A large town on the edge of Amsterdam which was once an important industrial area and ship building centre
rejoined the Rex Rheni at Zaandam where she was moored for the night. I
just had time for a quick walk around the town before dinner.
About 15km north west of Amsterdam, Zaandam is situated on the Zaan river. By the end of the C16th this was an important shipbuilding centre and Tsar Peter the Great came to learn shipbuilding here. There is a statue of him in the main square and the house he lived in has been preserved as a museum, protected by a more modern outer brick building. The tiny wooden house was built in 1632 as a labourerís cottage and is one of the oldest houses in the Netherlands.
Zaandam is still an important port with a lot of river traffic and has a lifting bridge and locks.
The large white Advocate's building was probably originally one of the harbour administration buildings.
Zaandam doesnít really feature as a tourist destination, although there are some nice old wooden houses and it does repay time exploring the streets around the harbour area.
This row of houses contains a clog maker with a display of brightly coloured clogs above the roof.
Later houses were built of brick.
There is also a rather nice art nouveau building in the market place.
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