Edam, Volendam and Marken

After the bustle of Amsterdam (including Purrsday), we thought we’d spend a day somewhere more sedate. About 20km north of Amsterdam facing onto the lake of Markermeer is the town of Edam – the cheese place.

Edam itself is really small, Adjoining town of Volendam and across that bay you can see the small fishing town of Marken. We cycled into Edam-Volendam to the cheese museum/shop. We really enjoyed the small lakeside road of tourist shops and cafes. We enjoyed a lunch of Kibbeling in a sandwich which is a battered and deep-fried white fish, commonly codfish or whiting from the North Sea. A bit like our British fish finger sandwich.

We then visited the cheese museum which was very brief and purchased some Gouda.

You can get a ferry across to Marken from Volendam or it’s a 30 minute drive. We drove as parking was much cheaper than the ferry tickets.

Marken was very pretty and felt authentic. After a pleasant stroll around the harbour, buying more cheese and petting a local cat we had to move on to make it to back to a place we had been before, Brussels, for another sporting fixture.

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