Before the Zuidersee was closed from the north sea, the shores of the inland sea were already bustling with towns and fishing villages. Unfortunately the fishery industry has mostly moved away, though tourism has came in its wake. Which is probably all good.
Volendam and Marken are two such towns that have capitalized on this industry catering to the hordes of people eager to know what a Zuidersee town looks like. Unbelievable right?
Eventhough we lived in Holland, we are back in this town ever so often. Mostly to visit our favorite fish shop and fill up with ‘haring’ – fresh herring served raw or perhaps lightly smoked (rare). Served with pickle, it is simply heavenly…especially the new catch in the summer! We think this is an easily acquired taste. If we can, so can you!
Who says only the Japanese eat raw fish?
And watching the throngs of tourists come by is yet another activity we enjoy while strolling along the small harbour front. See them awkwardly try on traditional Dutch dress or bargain noisily with the shopkeepers over some souvenir purchase.
It’s all so funny to watch.