Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Volendam, Netherlands

When we made plans to visit Netherlands, one of the biggest attraction for both of us was to meet our close friends - S & his wife. We had infinite memories with S since college days and we were going to spend time with them after many years. Though both of them had met us at least once in two years during their short trips to India, our catch up would be quick and rushed. To our surprise, S had taken time off during our visit which was a cherry on the top for us.

On our second day, we went to Volendam, best known as the fishing village with its old-world charm, characteristic houses and a rustic feeling. It was the best setting for us to spend time together. We wandered aimlessly at Marina and the narrow lanes lined with restaurants and souvenir shops on both sides of the street, chatting and laughing heartily. The day was as bright and cheerful as our moods. Though the roads and shops were full of tourists, it didn't feel crowded. What was a visit to a fishing village without nice seafood? After a lovely stroll and many photo stops, we settled down in a restaurant overlooking the harbour for Fish & Chips.

After our delicious meal, we took a stop to get photographed in the traditional Volendam attire and bought some souvenirs for my miniature collection. It felt like good ol' days, three of us hanging out together as if the years in between hadn't happened at all.

P.C. http://www.holland.com

P.S. For those familiar with the Bollywood, this is the place where the scene of Rani's gol gappa counter was set up in movie Queen.



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5 comments:

  1. Beautiful place. Loved the fun fact about Rani's gol gappa stall.

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  2. This looks awesome. Very beautiful. Love the roofs, and the houses are so close together. Forces you to get to know your neighbors. :)

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  3. This looks awesome. Very beautiful. Love the roofs, and the houses are so close together. Forces you to get to know your neighbors. :)

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  4. Edam is close to Volendam, as I recall...

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  5. How nice that your friend took off the day to spend with you. :) <3.

    I'd love to visit Netherlands someday. Your pictures from there are so beautiful!

    With Love,
    Mandy

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