Each and every city, town or village that we visited in the Netherlands gave us the opportunity for so many photos, I guess they would be called "photogenic" and we found many "Kodak" points (places where you should take a picture ;O))
The canals and streets seem to be equal partners in the makeup of the town and take up equal space as well. But keep an eye out for the unusual houses that seem to show a personality all their own, like the series of "crooked" houses in the last picture, sort of reminded me of a group of friends returning home after a long night at the local pub, the two on the sides supporting their friend in the middle.
These are a few of my favorite things!!! Actually, they are a few of the interesting sights I saw on my walks around Edam. Edam is only a town of approx 7500 people so it is not big to walk around which means the sights are near to each other. It is worth it, you see all sorts, and some delightful homes & shops. Easy walking, no hills!
On my walk around Edam, I come across this delightful Lolly shop. I looked in the window and was enticed inside. There was a huge selection to choose from, so I bought some chocolates and a few bags of lollies to take home for gifts. The lady told me that they were home-made, not factory produced, these were the ones I bought.
This building dates back to 1778. Inside the shop is a big variety of different cheese made from different milk. Sheep, Goat, Smoked cheese, Cheese from different parts of the world. Edam Cheese got its name because it was made on the Farms in this part of Holland, and also because the recipe originated in Edam. Cheese Factories put the Cheese Farms out of business.
EVERY SUMMER, there are 8 Cheese markets held here.
You will see the Cheese being transported here by Boat or Horse drawn cart as in the olden days. The Cheese is then unloaded by special Cheese Carriers, and then the Traders will drill holes in it to determine the quality and price. The Cheese bearers carry it to the scales in the Cheese Weigh House on a Handbarrow to be weighed.
This building was designed by a C.P.Peters, who just happened to be, the same person who was responsible for building the main Post Office in Amsterdam. In "Artimare" you will find the Mermaid of Edam. Inside you will find an Art Gallery and Images on display. It wasn't open when I was there.
Their website will give more information if you wish to arrange a visit.
I have tried to find some information about the Tea Houses because I want to know more. I have come up with very little. All I found, was they were built by the rich to have afternoon tea in. They really are lovely, and you should go for a walk down the canal past them. Hope its a nice day for lovely reflections.
The City Hall was built in 1737. If you walk inside, on the left, you will find what was once the Magistrates court which is now used for Marriages, its open to the Public. The Hall is built in a Louis XIV style, outside and inside (the staircase) If you look above the doorway, you will see the Edam Coat of Arms.
This is also where you will find the Tourist Information centre.
We enjoyed for the most part just walking around the village/town of Edam. The bridges over the canals make for some nice photo shots and a good place to stop for a breather before you are off to see the Cheese Market.
But don't look under the small bridges, you can see in the second picture that the canals are NOT very clean, woe to anyone who falls into them.
Actually there are only cheese markets here in summer. The rest of the year this is just an ?ordinary? square with some very beautiful buildings.
It is much smaller then we anticipated and me had missed it at first. But with some help, we found it.
In this house (the left one on the picture) the organisation for common benefit was established in 1784. It used to be a provate house belonging to the son of the man who established this organisation. Later it became the seat of the organisation.
Its aim was to help adults with schooling. Nowadays the organisation is activaly involved in all things concerning the well/being of people and society.
This place was founded in 1554/1555 with the help of wealthy Edam citizens. 16 small houses where build where poor people where they could live free of rent and with food provided. When they died, the furniture that they had taken with them to these houses was sold of as a way of repayment.
Teh foundation existed until 1970 when it was dissolved.
The church is dedicated to St. Nicolas, the parton of seafarers.
The construction has probably begun as early as 1400 and was intended to be much smaller. But in 1540 the building got the shape it has now. And it was again extended with a latin school and a library in that same century.
The windows date all back to 1602 except for one.
The orphanage dates back to the 1661 but only part of the building dates back to that time. In the 19th century the building was enlarged at the back and part of the front has been redone at that time too.
To make a good shot of this building i needed more space then was possible in the street. I had already backed up as much as possible to the house on the other side of the street but still the building didn't fitt. Very fustrating.
But then someone came home. And they let me use the hallway so i could finally have the pciture i wanted. Though i missed the very tip of the building. It was either without or going to spread myself flat out in that hallway. Thought that that was pushing it a bit too far..
Originally build in around the 1550's. Had some changes then. Most notably the adding of the floating (on the ground water) cellar that was constructed around 1700.
It houses the Edam museum since1895
When we ran into this brdge i was realy glad that although it being winter we had had snow or something like that. We would've needed climbing gear! It might be a very convenient bridge when you're cycling but for the rest. Don't think i've ever seen such a bridge before