Rhine River Cruise Day 8

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Today we arrived at Hoorn, met our guide and took a bus to a quaint Dutch village called Volendam.  It is located 30 minutes from Amsterdam.

The Hoofdtoren is a tower used for defense. The tower was built in 1532 and the clock on it was added in 1651!
Oosterpoort is the city gate tower. It was built in 1578 and the house on top was built in 1601.

As we walked through Hoorn’s scenic streets toward our bus that would take us to Volendam, we noticed many homes and buildings were leaning forward!IMG_8304

Our guide explained to us that these homes were built with a forward incline to help prevent items from hitting the building facade the owners pulled these items up!

The park we passed where our bus was parked.

Our next stop after our bus ride was Volendam.  It was a colorful village to walk through and see the old fishing boats in its harbor.  The town had a lot of charm. After walking through this fishing village we had some free time to explore.

Our next stop was a cheese farm.  They demonstrated how they make the cheese and our favorite part was sampling the various cheeses that they offer.  We did bring some home with us.

After our visit at the cheese farm, our bus took us into Amsterdam for a city tour and a canal cruise.IMG_8370

We cruised along many of the city’s points of interest.  Experiencing Amsterdam by a canal cruise at night was beautiful.

After our cruise we went back to our boat for our last night on the M/S Amadeus Silver III.  We will miss the fabulous food, friendly staff, and luxurious accommodations!

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