Our route this day was 59 km including the free ferry crossing.
|Life on the edge of the water|
|A wall of bikes|
|See those black splotches?|
|Every black speck is a gnat. Probably 200 in this picture|
So to Marken, which used to be an island, and use to be in the middle of the ocean, a part of the once-Zuiderzee. But that ocean had issues, and at high tides the island would flood. 1916 was the worst.
|The sign on a house|
|On a house near the harbour|
But Marken, with its weird houses built in clumps on high ground, and even then on stilts, didn't do so well. At one time, over 200 fishing boats called the harbour home. Now - not so much. Stranded, in the late 1950's, the plans moved partially forward to start building a polder, and a dike was built to Marken. And it became popular with tourists who find the harbour pretty and the houses fun to take pictures of -- though we could find none on stilts any more. When the treat of flooding ended, the stilt areas were enclosed, and now just look like lower floors.
But the little blobs of tight houses on high ground remain scattered around the island.
|A lakeside cluster|
They also have a lighthouse, which used to be more important than it is now. But it has a nice beach and a little park perfect for a picnic.
|Through the fence|
|The beach sand is mostly broken up shells|
|A spacious area|
|146 years older than my country|
|Look at the filler between these two houses|
|A path leads to the church|
|The main drag in this section of town|
|The church square|
|The highest thing for miles|
|It doesn't match, but that's OK|
The harbour was busy, and justifiably so. It's a lovely spot.
|They even welcome you|
|Once all houses, now stores and houses|
|No fishing boats, but lots of other kinds|
|A busy spot|
|Karen entering the bridge|
|No riding across this|
|The ferry arrives. Need to call it? Ring the bell|
|Halfway across, looking back|
|Arriving at the thriving metropolis of Holysloot|
The route also took us through Ransdorp, which features are REALLY tall unfinished tower, first built in the 1300's.
|About 32 m high|
|Kind of a mix of styles|
|Inside the lower part|
|Looking down at the entry|
|Karen taking pics at the mid level|
|Our route home, leading direct to downtown Amsterdam|
|Karen playing with camera settings|
|We rode WAY over there|
|Muiderslot Castle visible to the left of the tower|
|Sailboats around Ft. Pampas|
Again, Marken's a cool place to visit, and popular on the bus tour route for a reason. It's an easy 90 minute bike ride from downtown Amsterdam.
Just watch for bugs.