Kampen - Amersfoort
One of Elburg’s load (2898!!) of monuments. To view all of them see https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_rijksmonumenten_in_Elburg_(plaats) and be amazed.
...but peeking allowed
We liked this note, placed inside a window of the house, saying something like ‘Feel free to peek’. Note the indestructible thick paint and the cobweb, a typical sign of this time of the year.
After just one night in Harderwijk (expensive, far away from the town) we left at 10:09AM, cruised again on a few bordering lakes, like the Wolderwijd, the Nuldernauw and the Nijkerkernauw, even negotiated a lock, and ended up in Spakenburg’s Zuiderzeehaven around 2:30PM (a belated estimate – but...
...who cares?). Initially we entered the mooring spot while reversing which was, say, challenging because a rather large cruiser partly blocked the entrance. Later on our British friends Rod & Anne on ‘Viator’ moored next to us, reversing as well, facing an even more difficult job. We all managed without any damage.
Work can be...
Spakenburg harbour exists of three parts, the already mentioned Zuiderzeehaven, the Nieuwe Haven and the Oude Haven (Museumharbour). Our ship was situated at the crossing. Therefore, apart from the swimming, all activities took place in front of us. In the Oude Haven extensive works (a sort of movable weir, see https://www.vallei-veluwe.nl/werk-uitvoering/dijkverbetering/actueel/nieuws/2016/start-spakenburg/) are going on. The situation...
...is too narrow for a large work-platform to turn, so if necessary the entire thing is moved towards the crossing in order to be able to turn. There’s a push-boat on one side and another little boat to move the front of the heavy thing. A detail (though a different picture) from the picture on the left. While the time-consuming operation is going on, one of the crane-drivers uses his waiting-time to enjoy the sun and to consult his e-phone – nowadays an essential device for coping with everyday life…
This is a little statue of The Netherlands’ former queen Wilhelmina (1880 – 1962). Her reign lasted from 1898 till 1948. On 15 January 1916 the town of Spakenburg, amongst others, was hit by a devastating flood. The water was pushed up 3,25 (10,5 feet) meters above normal level (= NAP, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_Ordnance_Datum).
The force of the water lifted the boats (‘botters’) out of the water and they bounced violently against the houses. Wilhelmina visited Spakenburg the 21st of January 1916. Opposite of the place of the statue a child was born in a garret during the night of the disaster. The child became a godchild of the queen.
It would have been easy to stay in Spakenburg for a longer period – there’s a load of interesting items to write about. But after two nights we felt forced to leave again as this kind of harbours, along the IJssel and the IJsselmeer alike, may set one back around € 700,00 mooring-fee on a monthly basis. That’s the rent for a modest home!
So we set sail on Saturday the 17th of August at 10:30AM and were offered this beautiful foggy view of the last part of the Nijkerkernauw when leaving the harbour. The buoys kept well visible during the entire journey so, after tackling a good part of the Eemmeer the mouth of the river Eem came in sight and we entered the river at 11:25AM.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)