Zaandijk (Zaanse Schans) – Aalsmeer (Haarlem included)
View of the opposite site (I)
The village of Zaandijk is situated opposite the Zaanse Schans. A bit overlooked, undeservedly. There are two possibilities...
View of the opposite site (II)
...to cross the river: either by bridge or by little ferry. Don’t skip this possibility if you have got some spare time.
Careless us!! We waived the possibility to check whether there were any obstacles with the Nauernasche Vaart, Well, there was one. A bridge under maintenance, causing a blockade for all traffic. So we were forced to turn around, cruise the Nauernasche Vaart, Tapsloot and entire Zaan again, passing Wormerveer, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk...
...(Zaanse Schans) and Zaandam for the umpteenth time. Thus we were forced to be on the Noordzeekanaal longer than we planned for, before we could leave it to cruise towards/into Haarlem. The left picture is the front-view we had on the canal, the right picture the rear-view. As you can see, no sea-going vessels, nor ferocious waves.
After some ‘shots and knocks’ we reached the attractive city of Haarlem at 4:16PM (pffff) and got a harbourmaster’s permission to moor temporarily in front of the windmill ‘De Adriaan’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Adriaan,_Haarlem). Temporarily, because during rush-hour the bridges re-start operating at 6:00PM again. In the background...
...of the left picture a bridge, the Catharijnebrug, is visible. British friends of ours lost a wheelhouse there three years back. (Not their fault.) See https://www.nhnieuws.nl/nieuws/187764/schip-op-spaarne-beschadigd-na-aanvaring-met-catharijnebrug-. Only in Dutch, but the accompanying picture explains it all.
Gay Pride Canal Parade
This two week’s statistics.
Engine ran during 14 hours and 54 minutes (14,9 hours) – Tuesday 23.07 1,4 hours, Thursday 25.07 1,8 hours, Saturday 27.07 0,8 hours, Monday 29.07 6,9 hours, Saturday 03.08 4 hours.
Generator this period: around 15 hours.
Weather: mostly sunny – sometimes (too) hot.
Hope to see you next week again!
Bekend terrein voor ons. Love it! Veel vaarplezier.
Diny & Simon
Ja, 't Is leuk! Niet de 'korte' weg langs Zwaanshoek maar de lange. Morgen richting Leiden.