I could not join Jo’s Monday Walk in the city of Norwich, so I am going to take Jo, Cardinal from Cardinal Guzman and Paula from Lost in Translation, on a bike ride through the Dutch country side. I have been unsuccessfully trying to convince them to join me, but except for Cardinal, they are not keen to go by bike. I am sure we can find a compromise.
I have made a gallery showing the route my husband and I followed, as well as the small village I stopped for an ice cream. The street photography is to show to Paula and to Jo, the places where we could have a nice cup of coffee and a delightful chat.
I invite you to join us too. Click if you wish to enlarge the photos.
Our ride started in Amsterdam, following direction southeast, to get to the cycle path along the Amsterdam Rhine canal. This canal is one of the busiest in Europe, connecting the port of Amsterdam to the River Rhine in Germany.
From there we left the canal and headed to the country side, passing the cities of Driemond and Weesp along the river Vecht. When arriving in the city of Muiderberg, despite the cool temperatures, no one was afraid to get into swimsuits and enjoy the beach.
After Muiderberg we headed to my favorite city to stop for an ice cream and coffee. It is the city of Muiden along the Vecht river.
The first known reference to Muiden is from 953 when Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, granted the settlement and its toll rights to Cathedral of Saint Martin. It was called Amuda, meaning “mouth of the (river) A”. “A” was the old name for the Vecht river.
In 1122 Muiden was granted some city rights by Emperor Henry V. After the lands around Muiden were given to Count Floris V.
In 1673 the sea lock in the Vecht river was relocated from Fort Hinderdam to Muiden and in 1676 it was expanded with a sea wall along the Vecht mouth to prevent flooding. You can always see many boats waiting to pass through the sea lock.
On the way back, we stopped to appreciate the Muiderslot, the medieval castle. This castle was part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Around 1285, Count Floris V, an ally of King Edward and later of the French Court, built this castle. While hunting with falcons one day in 1296, Floris was captured by his nobles and imprisoned in his own castle. In their flight from the advancing hordes, he was brutally murdered in the vicinity of Muiderberg.
Over 300 years later, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft took up residence in the Muiderslot. This ‘Dutch Shakespeare’ is the castle’s most famous resident. Hooft was named bailiff of Muiden as well as bailiff of Gooiland in 1609 and held that position for almost 40 years until his death in 1647. He is best known for his proze, poetry and impressive voluminous history of the Dutch Revolt: De Nederlandsche Historiën.
We were already heading back home. We crossed back to the cycle path at Amsterdam Rhine canal and stopped again to appreciate the views and the cargo and cruise ships passing by.
I hope you appreciated the ride. Looking forward to hearing from Jo, Paula and Cardinal about dates to visit me!
This little story goes to my Day 3 at 5 stories, 5 photos at Restless Jo and to her Monday Walks as she graciously allowed me to bike alongside her fantastic walks.
I am also posting for Paula’s Thursday Special: Street Photography.