1 June 2015 – History in Hoorn

Pinksteren (Pentecost) – another Dutch holiday (although few know why we get a day off)! After our wonderful lunch in Hoorn only a week earlier, we decide to sail to Hoorn again. This time with Ivar’s parents and for dinner. Exquisite, exceptionally tasty, and beautifully presented – once again Marque’s is a treat.

Hoorn is lovely, too. Really worth a visit. It is like travelling back in time to the 17th century, with many of the buildings still intact (at least the facade).  The town celebrates its past, in particular while we are there, as the replica of the Halve Maen – on which Henry Hudson sailed to New Amsterdam, arrives for a five-year residence in Hoorn. And it moors right opposite Lucipara!

After Hoorn, we anchored for the first time this season, near Marken. We were a little bit optimistic about the proximity to the shore – the next morning while leaving we ran aground (but nothing the engine couldn’t handle – luckily the bottom of the IJsselmeer is soft). Another wonderful weekend on the water.

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