IJssel- and Marker lake, driving through the sea
Enkhuizen used to be a sea harbour, when the IJsselmeer (meer = lake) was not yet closed off from the North Sea and contained salt water and had high and low tides. Now-a-days Enkhuizen is situated on two lakes. On North of the Enkhuizendike, the IJsselmeer and one South of this long road into the sea: the Markermeer. This last one at first was also planned to become a polder (new land), but environmentalists had strong arguments to eventually stop these plans. Maybe one day it still will become a new landmass for the Netherlands. Until then, a long dike connects Enkhuizen with Lelystad (capitol of the "New Polderlands: Flevoland). Driving over this dike is a very special event, as it will be for 28 kilometers straight through the former Souther Sea.
Paulus Potter, a little less famous Dutch painter
Enkhuizen too had it's share of famous Dutch painters. Paulus Potter, famous for his landscape paintings, was born and raised in Enkhuizen. In the park just besides the Drommedaris, a statue reminds of him. He died relatively young after a very productive life in painting. Paulus Potter: 1625 - 1654.
This restaurant, called Checkpoint Charlie (what's in a name?), is located right along the dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad, the Houtribdijk, a very unlikely spot for a restaurant. Unfortunately, it was closed when we arrived, so we didn't get the chance to eat something here.
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