Saturday, July 20, 2013
Cycling and Sailing Holiday in The Netherlands: Island Hopping Day 1
We board in Ámsterdam at 2 PM. The mooring place of the barge in Amsterdam was the same than in our previous trips: "Oosterdok’/'Nautisch Kwartier" (near the Science and Technology center: ‘Nemo’, Oosterdok 2).
We left our luggage in our cabin and then we enjoyed a beer on the deck of the boat waiting for the rest of the group.
Afterwards we had our first meeting with the guide, skipper, crew and the other passengers.
Enkhuizen is a municipality and a city in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia. Enkhuizen was one of the harbour-towns, like Ámsterdam, of the Dutch East India Company. The chartered company was established in 1602, when the States-General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia. It is often considered to have been the first multinational corporation in the world and it was the first company to issue stock. It was also arguably the first megacorporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies.
Nowadays, Enkhuizen continues the maritime tradition and has one of the largest marinas of the Netherlands. It is also the location of the Zuiderzeemuseum, an open-air museum reflecting life in the villages around the Zuiderzee, a shallow bay of the North Sea, throughout history.
In the evening we had our first dinner on board, after which the plan for the next day and the routine for the rest of the week was explained to the group by the guide.