Posted tagged ‘Zuiderzee Museum’

Old Dutch Masters

August 5, 2012

We were fortunate enough to have a peek into Holland’s past, and I want to share it with you. Although we sailed into Amsterdam, we drove up to Enkhuizen (stopping for an excellent lunch at De Tuynkamer in Hoorn) to the Zuiderzee Museum. It’s a museum that you reach by boat, and sailing in we saw lots of cool watercraft.

Once at the museum, which shows no paintings, no sculptures, I was struck nearly speechless. This is another of those preservation museums, where houses and buildings that show life as it was have been assembled, so that you can immerse yourself in the past.

What we saw there convinced me that the Dutch who lived during the mid-19th century had mastered the art of gorgeous living. Typical activities like drying and smoking fish

are probably just as beautiful today as they ever were. But the recreated village, as a whole, was a tone poem of color and texture that made us want to move there now, to live there then. I’ll show, not tell. Such beauty needs no commentary.

See what I mean? I’d show you far more, if at-sea satellite Internet weren’t so slow, and so costly. For now it’s time to close that little Dutch window, and look forward to England. Rough seas, heavy swells, that’s what our Captain announced. Dramamine, said I.